"Origin of Palestinians"

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Posted by Sadie from ? ( on Wednesday, July 30, 2003 at 2:16PM :

In Reply to: Genetic relationships btwn Mediterraneans posted by Sadie from ? ( on Wednesday, July 30, 2003 at 1:49PM :

WOW! Somebody didn't like this article & complained so much that its e-text has been permanently deleted. Below this abstract is the editor's apology. BUT, the funny thing is that these guys are geneticists - not speculating historians.... There are some Israelis who become squeemish when they are genetically linked to those "Barbarian" Palestinians. Hmmmmm.......
Hum Immunol. 2001 Sep;62(9):889-900.

The origin of Palestinians and their genetic relatedness with other Mediterranean populations.

Arnaiz-Villena A, Elaiwa N, Silvera C, Rostom A, Moscoso J, Gomez-Casado E, Allende L, Varela P, Martinez-Laso J.

Department of Immunology and Molecular Biology, H. 12 de Octubre, Universidad Complutense, Madrid, Spain. aarnaiz@eucmax.sim.ucm.es

The genetic profile of Palestinians has, for the first time, been studied by using human leukocyte antigen (HLA) gene variability and haplotypes. The comparison with other Mediterranean populations by using neighbor-joining dendrograms and correspondence analyses reveal that Palestinians are genetically very close to Jews and other Middle East populations, including Turks (Anatolians), Lebanese, Egyptians, Armenians, and Iranians. Archaeologic and genetic data support that both Jews and Palestinians came from the ancient Canaanites, who extensively mixed with Egyptians, Mesopotamian, and Anatolian peoples in ancient times. Thus, Palestinian-Jewish rivalry is based in cultural and religious, but not in genetic, differences. The relatively close relatedness of both Jews and Palestinians to western Mediterranean populations reflects the continuous circum-Mediterranean cultural and gene flow that have occurred in prehistoric and historic times. This flow overtly contradicts the demic diffusion model of western Mediterranean populations substitution by agriculturalists coming from the Middle East in the Mesolithic-Neolithic transition.
Hum Immunol. 2001 Oct;62(10):1063.


Nicole Suciu-Foca Dr., Editor-in-Chiefa and Robert Lewis Dr.b

a Human Immunology USA
b ASHI Publications Committee USA

Available online 8 October 2001.

In the past it has been the tradition of the Editorial office to leave the editorial judgment for special volumes to the guest editors. This has also been the case with the issue on Anthropology and Genetic Markers edited by Antonio Arnaiz-Villena with the assistance of Luis Allende and Jorge Martinez-Laso. As Editor-in-Chief, I did not read Dr. Antonio Arnaiz-Villena's own paper in Human Immunology in depth until the issue was published.

I regret deeply that the authors have confounded the elegant analysis of the historic basis of the people of the Mediterranean Basin with a political viewpoint repre-senting only one side of a complex political and historical issue. While the authors have the right to their political opinion they have no special expertise in this area and their views have no place in a scientific journal. The Editors deplore the inappropriate use of a scientific journal for a political agenda and apologize to the readers. This paper has been deleted from the scientific literature.
Letter from the ashi president and council

Hum Immunol. 2001 Oct;62(10):1064.

Letter from the ASHI president and council
Dolly B. Tyan Ph.D, President

Available online 8 October 2001.

The American Society for Histocompatibility and Immunogenetics holds itself to the highest moral, ethical and scientific principles. As such, it condemns the use of a scientific forum to advance any bias. Because of the breach of scientific principle which has occurred, ASHI has undertaken a review of its policies regarding guest editorial issues to determine how best to prevent this from recurring in the future.

ASHI stands united with people everywhere and of every ethnic and religious background who desire to advance and improve the quality of human life. We apologize to our readers for this violation of your trust and assure you that it will not recur.

-- Sadie
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