The Khazar myth of Ashkenazi ancestry is the hypothesis that Ashkenazi Jews are primarily, or to a large extent, descended from Khazars. They were a multi-ethnic conglomerate of mostly Turkic peoples who formed a semi-nomadic political entity (late 6th century C.E.) in and around the northern and central Caucasus and the Pontic-Caspian steppe. Genetic and other research have disproven the theory, but that has not stopped antisemites and haters of Israel to try to use it for their advantage.
Quote: “Genetic studies on Jews have found no substantive evidence of a Khazar origin among Ashkenazi Jews. [Researcher] Behar and others concluded such a link was unlikely, noting a lack of clear modern descendants of the Khazars, but found no genetic markers in Ashkenazi [Jews] that would link them to peoples of the Caucasus/Khazar area. This and other studies have instead found evidence that the Ashkenazi have mixed Near Eastern/Mediterranean and Southern European origins.”
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