Black Hebrew Israelites: New York's Most Obnoxious Prophets

Why do they scream and curse at you?

Just outside the assembled crowd, another teen yelled, "Remember, there is no God!"

This made the audience—who had initially been adversarial toward the missionaries—now sympathize with them.

"What do you mean, there is no God?" a young "so-called black woman" retorted. "There is a God, nigger! You remember that!"

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Guess who's coming to Seder dinner? The Ambassadors of Christ read from Scriptures in their Washington Heights lair.
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Just how dangerous are these guys? They're such a fixture of New York that many city residents have grown to tune them out.

"I don't think they'd ever actually hurt white people," says the woman who studied with them two decades ago. "In the first place, they're too cowardly to actually ever do anything. And more importantly, if they thought they were going to do anything, the white people wouldn't let them be out there!"

The Jamaican woman who has dated one of them isn't so convinced. "Everyone thinks they're not armed," she says. "They are. And they use a lot of violence." (When asked by the Voice about carrying guns, a member of the House of Israel said, "So what? There's nothing wrong with being armed and ready to protect yourself.")

The NYPD has apparently decided that the best course of action with Black Hebrew Israelites is to ignore them. "Most cops try to avoid those guys," a source in the department tells the Voice. "The last thing you want to do is get into a confrontation with them, and then actually have to arrest them. You'll be doing paperwork for days."

To get a sense of how dangerous they are considered by those who know them best—the beat cops of Times Square—the Voice took a stroll on a recent Saturday night to conduct an informal poll.

"They don't need no permit. They're not hurting anybody," said the first cop we talked to. (Moments before, one of the House of Israel members had been shrieking, "What this country needs is a thousand Jared Loughners!")

A second officer couldn't be questioned. He was busy, at that moment, bending a white teenage boy over the hood of his car and pretending to handcuff him, while the boy's friend took a picture they could post on Facebook for the folks back home. (About this time, an Ambassador of Christ was screaming that the city needs more Maksim "Subway Slasher" Gelmans.)

A third officer noted that Black Hebrew Israelites have permission to say whatever they want, as loud as they want, as long as they don't block traffic or use sound amplification. He said that anyone who had a problem with them "should call 3-1-1 and complain to the mayor." He agreed that they harassed people and thought they could flip at any moment.

"Everyone's got their First Amendment rights," he said with a sigh and a shrug.

Watching them in action in Times Square, it's easy to see how some of the Ambassadors of Christ are outcasts. While Hashar and his captains preach at the pedestrians on the sidewalk, the backbenchers are relegated to facing the gutter. They literally have the backs of the speakers, living gargoyles of defense who rarely share the limelight.

One of those keeping watch recently was a light-skinned man with a trim beard. His coffee-colored face was twitching nervously, like a chipmunk on Four Loko. Eyes as wide as hubcaps, he scanned his surroundings with seeming terror. His lips were trembling.

He looked so pathetic, it was almost easy to feel sorry for him.

Two white men passed by in front of him in Broadway's gutter.

"What-what-what are you looking at, f-f-faggy?" he stuttered slightly. He raised his arms to intimidate them as they looked at him with shock. "That's right. Keep walking, fa-fa-faggots."

sthrasher@villagevoice.com

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houseofjashub
houseofjashub

This article was written to try to make US look like a evil group of black and hispanics.
The Israelites are growing. Esau cannot stop this movement with all the media in the world.
Luke 6:22"Blessed are ye , when men shall hate you, and when they shall separate you from their company, and shall reproach you, and cast out your name as evil, for the Son of man's sake."

natalie1311
natalie1311

Black people in America r lost. Look around. Take the scales off of your eyes. Black people just don't want to hear the truth

natalie1311
natalie1311

U people quick to judge the black Israelites. But what sbout the catholic church and their lies and the show they put on. A secret society of gay pedophiles and those outfits their bishops and popes where. There is just money and power there. Don't dare speak of having more than one wife. But it's ok to molest children

quaaludester
quaaludester

All religion is a freak show; Afrolicious religions are freak shows to the max.

Pathetic.

still_smoke_in
still_smoke_in

This is the greatest article ever! LOL. The so-called Black Hebrew Israelites (BHI) are a joke. That is why you only see them on street corners and not in scholarly debates with people who actually study Biblical history, people, texts, etc. as their profession. That's because BHI lack a very important thing that would be helpful to their claims of being the Biblical Hebrews/Jews.....ONE SHRED OF EVIDENCE. #1) Rev5:9 and 7:9 alone destroys their entire theology #2) Edomites are not white Europeans, but were Semites and relatives of the Biblical Jews #3) Edomites were in SE Palestine (modern day Transjordan) when the Jews came out of Egypt #4) the Jews were not negros when they left Egypt nor in the 1st century AD while under Roman rule in Judea = Jesus was not negro; Mary was not negro; the Biblical Jews are not negro, they are Semites. Case Closed.

eliyah
eliyah

Don't you just love the media! this movement is powerful.. They do a lot of good. Enlightening lost souls.. Now surely they could have done a story on the many HEBREW (please exclude the color black since it is a color found in a crayon box and not an identity) People that took a higher road in enlightening. This Great Nation does this often. It is a way of lowering the Morale of Hebrew people.. Broadcasting our shame, and emphasizing our curse while all but burying and burning our accomplishments...... IT IS NOT WHAT THEY ALLOW YOU TO KNOW>> PAY ATTENTION TO WORDS UNSPOKEN..

gabedemaria
gabedemaria

If you read Deuteronomy 28 and watch the great youtube clip entitled "Biblical Israelites were black, and still are today" you will see and understand without a shadow of a doubt, the so-called "American Blacks" are the chosen true Israelites of the Bible!  What these dudes preach though is off.  The Most High, ('God') will accept repentance from Gentile or Jew.  Both can be saved, read in revelation a white robe is given to every nation (race).  Praise Yashayah!

FraudBrothers
FraudBrothers

too many flaws in there ideology. they claim african americans who were enslaved in the "new world" were entirely descendents of the biblical israelites. Anybody with some knowledge on West Africa where the bulk of slaves were taken have a very small traditional community that claim israelite heritage being a minority of Igbos in Nigeria. They base their confiction on biblical texts refering thinking they match all the characteristics of hardships the biblical israelites faced. The only non biblical information to justify that they were actually entirely israelites brough to the new world is a book based on limited facts and more theories entitled from jeruselam to timbuktu. The Hebrew Israelite movement is a judaic christian oriented black nationalist movement that is trying to be the contemporary of the nation of islam. Too bad its like 50 years too late and the idea has already been taken. Dont base your perception on them from this article but rather study them a bit to learn the underlying flaws of their ideology. Some points they have on current world issues are similar to some liberal and left leaning people but thats about it. I personally think that they are a movement funded by the government to create confusion within the conscious African American, Latin American, and Native American community. 

 

FraudBrothers
FraudBrothers

too many flaws in there ideology. they claim african americans who were enslaved in the "new world" were entirely descendents of the biblical israelites. Anybody with some knowledge on West Africa where the bulk of slaves were taken have a very small traditional community that claim israelite heritage being a minority of Igbos in Nigeria. They base their confiction on biblical texts refering thinking they match all the characteristics of hardships the biblical israelites faced. The only non biblical information to justify that they were actually entirely israelites brough to the new world is a book based on limited facts and more theories entitled from jeruselam to timbuktu. The Hebrew Israelite movement is a judaic christian oriented black nationalist movement that is trying to be the contemporary of the nation of islam. Too bad its like 50 years too late and the idea has already been taken. Dont base your perception on them from this article but rather study them a bit to learn the underlying flaws of their ideology. Some points they have on current world issues are similar to some liberal and left leaning people but thats about it. I personally think that they are a movement funded by the government to create confusion within the conscious African American, Latin American, and Native American community. 

 

ACNJ12
ACNJ12

According to scriptures Gentiles will have salvation sadly not all Black Israelite groups follow all of the laws of the Torah. ex...Deut 23:7 You shall not abhor an Edomite, for he is your brother. You shall not abhor an Egyptian, because you were an alien in his land.
exodus 23:9 Also thou shalt not oppress a stranger: for ye know the heart of a stranger, seeing ye were strangers in the land of Egypt.  http://whoaretherealjews.com shalam

jinkhary8
jinkhary8

I was expecting a more balance view from the author of this article. The purpose of this is too hold them up to ridicule but I could laugh at the Hassidic Jews who walk around dressed in black top hats and black clothing. If the author had given both sides of the story instead of the just the negative side maybe it would not appear so biased. The Black Hebrews while their delivery may be wrong are certainly providing a much needed message to Africans in the diaspora. We have been lied to for so long that our people cannot discern any measure of truth. Don't kill the messengers people.

aijahlon12
aijahlon12

It's sad, if it is true, what this article states, and that the brothers sound as if they do not study. I've knowns since 1975 that our Black history is in the Bible. All you have to do is read it to see that. However, no need to be crazy over that fact. Just read the Holy Bible King James Version, get rid of the Talmud, and obey what they Bible says, and all will be well. At least they've learn our history is in the Bible, and receives that. Now all they have to do is lose the crazy part of their knowledge and teaching.

luvlovelatoya
luvlovelatoya

This article is as funny as it its true. And mind you, I almost died with laughter. On thanksgiving my friend and I was walking and as we passed by a BHI, he yelled at us "I hope you choke on a F%^ing turkey bone". I was so annoyed because not only am I a vegan, I don't even celebrate thanksgiving day (I'm from Trinidad and it never catch on with my family). I wanted to tell him this but I knew I would be giving him exactly what he so desperately desired; some attention. 

 

I've learned over the years that its just best to ignore them as they are completely irrational and are in deep darkness. This summer I almost got involved with one. He was a regular guy, educated, ran his own business, dressed nicely, had a nice car (not that these things are important to me). But overall, he seemed completely normal. Then when he dropped the "You know Esau is the white man right?" I started to become suspicious. But when he hit me with the "A man could have more than one wife if he choose and women are to accept it" line and invited me to "The temple", I took him to school on those topics, then ran for the hills. 

 

They have very little knowledge of scripture outside of the ones that relate to hate and separation. The Holy Spirit and knowledge of scripture is the best guard against these poor unfortunate souls. 

 

Kudos on this article! I had a blast reading it.  

zipporahmckenzie
zipporahmckenzie

Yeah... I am an Israelite but I will not agree that we are this way. In every nationality there are bad apples. Some more than others. And being the chosen people, badgerin isn't the way to get your point across. State facts to open minds of the people willing to take heed. But please don't insult people. Even in the bible it says that we should be humble to those who aren't what we are because we were slaves ourselves. Remember the times, because the days are drawing near. Forgive them father. For there intentions are good but there approach is wrong. Oh and lastly, the true Israelites do NOT believe in any deity. Only the true and living Power of Avraham, Yitzcac, and, Yaquov.

hachiman
hachiman

I find this article on the B.H.I.`s very informative( Considering that they`re street crazies anyway). But not surprizing, that the N.O.I. spews the same ranting verbal and writtened rhetoric about so- called enlightned persons they are. But when people like Louise Farrakkhan speaks to  the alleged prophet Elijah Mohammad on the "Mother Ship" in orbit, then he and people like him have serious issues( mentally and physically). We should be aware of these" street nutz". cause they`re dangerous to society and the well being of  humanity. Remember everyone thought the same way when Adolf Hitler wrote his book " Mein Kampf". And you know what happened later in history. "The Final Solution" 

eliasfirminobr
eliasfirminobr

@natalie1311 Catholic priests have abused both boys and girls all over the world, not only boys. No need for you to blame gay people for pedophilia when the main targets of pedophiles in the world are impoverished little girls from the developing world.

Blessedbrotha
Blessedbrotha

@gabedemaria If you read Deuteronomy 28 in it's proper context, you'll realize it isn't talking about so-called black people in this country, let alone so-called "Hebrew Israelites". Especially since Roman historians Munter and Josephus (himself an Israelite) gave accounts of the Jews being sent on ships all throughout the Roman Provinces after 70 AD, including Egypt. Only the "Hebrew-Israelites" claim Egypt is a metaphor for America. Furthermore, many of those Jews were sent to Spain and NONE of them were ever confused for negros because they weren't black. Ironic, since negro is the Spanish word for black and Spain is next to Africa. Another thing, notice how the combined term "Hebrew-Israelite" appears nowhere in the bible? In fact, the "Hebrew" the so called "Hebrew Israelites" use is fake. Lashawan Qadash was made up by Ahrayah. When the ICUPK split up into different camps (ICGJC, GMS, new ISUPK, AOC, GOCC, IUIC and so on) after falsely predicting Jesus' return in the year 2000, all of them kept using that fake Hebrew. It's why you wrote "praise Yashayah" and honestly thought you were correct. I should know, I'm a former member of the og ICUPK, which later became the ICGJC. All of them are cults. Wake up and distances yourself from them. Their teachings are false and you will see that once you objectively look at things and realize how much of it is distorted and twisted by them. Take it from someone who lost 10 years of his life in their lies.... But I will say this. The only thing you said that was right was god will accept ANYONE who repents, whether Jew or Gentile. Praise be to the Most High and his son Yeshua Ha'Mashiach (Jesus Christ). Only through him can we be saved. Lineage/bloodline (real or so-called) saves no one. The true chosen Israelites are ALL those who believe in the messiah, regardless of their ethnic background, Jew or Gentile. Romans 11:25-32 and Romans 2:28-29 confirm that.

FacetheTruth
FacetheTruth

@FraudBrothers You did not cite any Slave transport records which listed many slaves as Hebrews, Heebos, Igbos, and Ibos, as did many of the slave Journals which reference Yah as their deity in addition to the usage of Hebrew words like "Massa" which in Hebrew means oppressor as opposed to Master as people often think. Do not get caught up thinking that From Jerusalem to Timbuktu is the only non-biblical reference available. The Europeans kept a good record of what they did. The Holy Spirit will lead His people into truth and even if there are some flaws to what some of the Hebrew camps say, what do you expect to a people who are waking up from centuries of oppression and theft of culture, identity, spiritual heritage, AND savior? (Who WAS changed from Black to white)

The Holy scriptures confirm the treachery of the Edomites thoroughly as well as declaring what would be revealed in the last days. The last thing the govt wants is for this knowledge to gain root and lead the Tribes back to God in humility and acknowledgement of the truth of the sins of our forefathers. This govt knows exactly what the scriptures declare will become of this modern Babylon.  

FacetheTruth
FacetheTruth

@ACNJ12 That teaching you referenced was the early words of the Most High PRIOR to the Edomites attempting to sabotage Israel during the Exodus and PRIOR to them inciting Israel's enemies to raze Israel to the ground as they followed behind them and looted the city and temple of the most High. (I Samuel 15:1-3) God commands the destruction of Amalek (Edomites) , Next there is (Amos 1:9-11) God Commands vengeance against Egypt AND Edom. (All bets are off at this point) and finally we have (Joel 3:19) where God decreed the desolation of Egypt and Edom for their violence against Judah. 

All of those events above happened after your old reference in Deuteronomy. You should not just cite small fragments like that because the scriptures make it clear that there WAS a brotherly covenant between those peoples until Edom and Egypt broke those covenants in their efforts to destroy Israel. Go deeper and you will see more truth in the scriptures. Shalom

FacetheTruth
FacetheTruth

@Blessedbrotha @gabedemaria You are misguided about the importance of Bloodlines. The scriptures never said a bloodline could save anyone so do n't get it twisted. It has always been about the Bloodlines AND keeping the commandments of the Most High. Chris came FOR ISRAEL Don't get it twisted. It by the sins of the Hebrews, the door was opened to the Gentiles, then we should accept that and be glad mercy has been shown to the nations , but it doesn't change the Most High's commands to Israel. The true Hebrews will rule in God's Kingdom. Anyone that does not bear witness to the truth of the Gospel is already flawed and will be judged accordingly when HaMashiyach return FOR ISRAEL.

To claim to love Christ who was of the Tribe of Judah (and Black) but not respect the suffering of His Lost Tribes who mourn for the sins of our forefathers shows that you do not have His love in you AND you don't respect the effort that he made to save us (Hebrews) from our sins under the Laws of Moses. (The same laws that were NEVER given unto any other nation on earth) If you are a Gentile, then you must submit the the Whole word of God and keep ALL the commandments also, or you will come up short. How else would the "strangers" or Gentiles be with Israel  in the kingdom, except that they accepted the words of The Messiah AND also kept the commandments as given unto Israel? Don't get it confused. It is not enough to say you believe in Christ and then sit back and think you will automatically enter the kingdom. If God dealt severely with His own children Israel, then the Gentile nations should be very careful about criticizing those whom the Most High clearly states His love for, no matter how confused some may be during the waking up process.

While I agree that many camps do not preach about how the Gentiles can be saved, that does not mean that they are completely off about who the Hebrews are and the Most High's expressed disgust for Edomites as a nation. His prophets have spoken too much about them to think their judgment is not approaching swiftly. The Hebrews are alive and still suffering greatly in the earth and to think that Yahawa would let His chosen suffer while some Gentiles lay back and "accept" salvation while claiming to be True Israel without the blood is not sound at all and is not even supported by Romans as you claim. If the scriptures say the Gentiles will cling unto Judah,  how will God decide who Judah is? Only by lineage. Only by blood, which means it still does and will always matter who the real descendants are. Unless all of their suffering under the curses of Deuteronomy 28 would be in vain.

How would the 144,000 even be relevant in the book Revelations, unless there were still descendants of the tribes alive in the Earth? Yes, YOU may have gotten caught up in a doctrine that kept the focus on hate for Edomites, as opposed to the full message of how Gentiles can come to God as well, but you should not dismiss the importance of Yahawa's prophecies for Israel in the end times. Every nation that "claims" to love God should be praying for Israel (Negroes, Hispanics & Native Indians)  to wake up and return to following the commandments of the Most High if that (according to the book of Revelation) is something that is of such importance to Him. Every Gentile should know who they are, and every single one of them should be standing WITH the Lost Tribes in the effort to awaken as many as possible and lead them back to their stolen identities. The Gentiles are branches and NOT the root and are reminded NOT to be proud of their grafting but humble and careful as God will yet save ALL of His children Israel. Romans 11: 18-24

mrsb.123
mrsb.123

@Blessedbrotha @gabedemaria  

Thank you so much for your comment. My husband just become member of IUIC and because im not a Israelite he was told that he must divorce me. (He is planing on doing it anytime soon). What can I do? PLEASE HELP!!! 

LittleeOnee
LittleeOnee

Wow! Thank you brother! For stepping out of that satanic cult mess & standing up to tell the truth. Soooo many people need to hear your story. Peace & blessings to you!!!

 
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