- Go scour the world for people who shared the same great-to-the-Nth grandmother as you do (where N is, I believe, around 140 -- 28 centuries);
- Convince yourself that this makes them part of the Genetically Pure Chosen Race;
- Convince them to convert to your religion;
- Convince them to move to your tiny sliver of a country;
- thereby, outnumbering your Non-Chosen neighbors who you'd rather not have to share the neighborhood with;
[...] On his third trip to the Indian states of Manipur and Mizoram, Halkin was shown texts that convinced him that the community, which calls itself the Bnei Menashe, has roots in the lost tribe of Menashe. The documents included a will and words to a song about the Red Sea.
The argument, made in his new book "Across the Sabbath River", is not just academic. Some Israeli rabbis believe descendants of the lost tribes number more than 35 million around the world and could help offset the sharply increasing Palestinian population. As founder of the organization Amishav (My People Return), Eliyahu Avichail trots the globe in search of lost Jews, in order to bring them back to their religion through conversation and direct them to Israel. He's even hoping to make it to Afghanistan later this year.
"I believe that groups like the Bnei Menashe are part of the solution to Israel's demographic problems," says Amishav director Michael Freund. The group has already brought 700 of the Bnei Menashe to Israel and believes thousands more are eager to come. Most have been put up in settlements in the West Bank and Gaza Strip -- the main arena of Israeli-Palestinian fighting.
[...] Halkin plans to return to India in February with a team of Israeli and American doctors who will conduct genetic tests on the Bnei Menashe to determine scientifically if their ancestors hail from ancient Palestine. But this time it's the Bnei Menashe who are skeptical. "I think DNA testing is just hogwash," says Khongsai, who lives with her 6-year-old daughter in a trailer home in Kiryat Arba. "I know I'm a Jew from the Bnei Menashe tribe, and that's all that matters."