PM Cameron reveals Jewish roots on Israel visit

cameron netanyahuDavid Cameron has made his first visit to Israel as Prime Minister, telling members of the country’s parliament, the Knesset, that his family tree includes a Jewish great-great-grandfather.

In his address, Mr Cameron underlined his “rock solid” commitment to Israel by revealing how his great-great-grandfather Emile Levita, came from Germany to Britain 150 years ago.

He also spoke of an illustrious earlier ancestor, Elijah Levita, who wrote what is thought to have been the first ever Yiddish novel, a chivalric romance called the Bove-Bukh.

The prime minister’s Jewish heritage was first revealed in 2009, when one of Britain’s leading rabbinical authorities, Yaakov Wise, of Manchester University’s Centre for Jewish Studies, traced Mr Cameron’s family tree back to the 16th-century Jewish scholar Elijah Levita.

Levita was also responsible for another important work, the 1541 Translator’s Book, the first dictionary of the Targums or Aramaic commentaries on the Hebrew Bible.

It led the Prime Minister to consult Dayan Ehrentreu, former head of the London Beth Din, the rabbinical court, about his roots in a meeting he called “one of the highlights of my year”.

Levita, according to Dr Wise, is the Latin form of the name Levite, a Jew descended from the Tribe of Levi, the son of Jacob and one of the original twelve tribes of Israel.

According to the scholar, the Prime Minister could also be a direct descendant of the biblical Hebrew prophet, Moses.

“The leader of the Levites at the time of the exodus from Egypt was Moses, who was married with two sons named in the Bible,” said Dr Wise.

“However, later descendents of Moses are unknown and many of today’s Levites – often carrying the surnames such as Levy, Levine, Levitan or Levita – could in fact be his descendants.”

Elijah Levita’s lexicon of 1541 is credited with explaining much of the Mishnaic Hebrew language and was a supplement to two important earlier dictionaries.

His novel, The Book of Bove, was written in 1507 and printed in 1541. It is based on an Italian version of an Anglo-Norman tale about a queen who betrays her husband and causes his death.

Mr Cameron’s great-great-grandfather Emile was an émigré banker who became a British citizen in 1871 and enjoyed considerable financial success, becoming a director of the Chartered Bank of India, Australia and China, which had offices in Threadneedle Street in the City of London.

He took on all the trappings of an English gentleman – he hunted, owned a grouse moor in Wales, and started a family tradition which has continued through to the Prime Minister, by sending his four sons to Eton.

Emile’s eldest son, Arthur, a stockbroker, married Steffie Cooper, a cousin of the Royal Family, providing Mr Cameron with a link to King George III, an ancestor he shares with the Queen – his fifth cousin once removed.

The Telegraph

  • cook2half

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    • Hannibal

      You’re loving it… They spread like a tumor 😛 lol

      • cook2half

        Sorry I have something personal against Jewish anti/post zi0nist trash =D

        • Hannibal

          Trash is good… If you recycle it 😛 lol

          • cook2half

            No need, فش نقصان قرف في العالم 😛

          • Hannibal

            Your Arabic is Palestinian (Yuck) 😛 and I despise that accent…. As I despise the Syrian accent which sounds like a cow regurgitating… Mooooooo heeeyk akhiiiiiiii?

          • cook2half

            Teach me Lebanese accent before I go back 😛

            and LOL reminds me of when some assad supporter from Syria on CNN once wrote to me “its good you learnt Arabic, soon when you’ll live under Syrian army rule Arabic is a must! keep learning” lol what a twat

          • Hannibal

            Your sentence should go like: mesh naa2is 2araf bel 3aalam… Now THAT IS an accent to be Broud of 😛

          • 5thDrawer

            Hannibal. Maybe it’s the complexity he doesn’t like. 😉

      • wargame1

        David Cameron ‘may be directly descended from Moses’ or Aaron (Peace be upon them) and John Mccain is a descendant of the holy Roman Empire. I have found a prophesy where these two character fits well in the end time. John McCain who claims that he is not just a descendant of the 13th century Scottish King Robert The Bruce, but also of the first Holy Roman Emperor and founder of modern Europe, the 9th century monarch Charlemagne. NOW we know both John McCain and David Cameron showed their support towards the Syrian oppressed Muslims. David Cameron’s wife visited the Syrian refugee camp and John McCain visited the rebel Leaders. In the Islamic prophesy the fourth truce between the Roman and the Muslims will be mediated by a descendant of Aaron and a Descendant of Heracles the last Roman Emperor in Syria.

        • 5thDrawer

          Right wargame … living in a Vietnamese hole in the ground can do funny things to a head, for sure. Mmmmmm … were you there too? Love yah. 😉

          • Hannibal

            LOL

        • Hannibal

          So Moses was such an important name yet with all the Egyptian inscriptions on every possible ancient Egypt wall there is no writings or mention of his name… Splitting the seas and wandering in the desert eating manna is just a story for the kids… Santa is more real… He brings toys every year to children… Hold on to that you will get somewhere.

  • 5thDrawer

    ONE lousy Jewish great-great-grandfather.???? Oh yah. A real root. Rooty-toot-toot.
    (why even print it?)

    • wargame1

      Abu Umamah says that Messenger of Allah(Peace be upon him) said: ” There will be four Hudna (truces) between you and the Romans. The fourth (truce) will be mediated through a person who will be from the descendants of (Prophet) Aaron عليه السلام (or ” from the descendants of Heracles “according to Nuaim bin Hammad) and will be upheld for seven years. The people asked: ‘O Messenger of Allah , who will be the Imam of the people at the time? ‘ He said: ‘( Nuaim bin Hammad mentions ‘The Mahdi ‘) He will be from my progeny and will be forty years of age. His face will be a shining star and he will have a small black spot on his right cheek. He will wear two Qutwaaniataan cloaks as if he is a man from the Israelites. He will reign for 20 years, extract the treasures, and conquer the cities of Shirk (Polytheism).” (Tabrani, Nuaim bin Hammad’s Kitab Al-Fitan)

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      The prophesy is talking about two person who will mediate the truce between the Romans and the Muslims i.e. A descendant of Aaron and a Descendant of Heracles the Last Roman Emperor in Syria. I think John Mc Cain and David Cameron are those two person.

      • 5thDrawer

        LEVIATHANS ??? :-)))))) (What’s in a mole?)

        • wargame1

          It is a fact that that Cameron’s great-great-grandfather was the Jewish banker Emile Levita, who came to Britain as a German immigrant in the 1850s.Dr Yaakov Wise at the University of Manchester has discovered that Emile Levita was himself a descendant of Elijah Levita, who lived from 1469-1549 and who pioneered Hebrew linguistic research during the Tudor period.

          Elijah Levita also wrote what is thought to be the first ever Yiddish novel – called the Bove-bukh (The Book of Bove) written in 1507 and printed in 1541. Levita is the Latin form of the name Levite, a Jew descended from the Tribe of Levi, the son of Jacob (Peace be upon him) and one of the original twelve tribes of Israel. He said: ‘It is possible that Cameron is a direct descendant of Moses or, at least, a cousin. i.e.From the lineage of Aaron (Peace be upon him)

      • Hannibal

        Wow your description sounds like Nasrallah… The new Mahdi. LOL

  • Adam Yonatan Ben Yoel

    Nice headline jerks. That’s what they pick from everything he said???? Rather telling.