As many are astonished concerning you thus: "an outline from a man!" ... "his features mirror the sons of Adam!" Thus he shall startle many nations. Concerning him, kings (rulers) shall shut their mouths because that which was not told to them they shall see and that they had not heard they shall meditate to themselves.
(Literal translation of Isaiah 52:14-15)
20, 2011 / Nisan 16 5771
sets record straight
re: Latest attacks by Yair Davidy
Shortly after the mourning periods had
been completed for my late father, Dell N. Griffin, z''l, the late Rabbi
Abe Raich, z''l, and the Ogalalah medicine man, John Wilson, z''l, and
my wife and I were divorced and I moved to SW Colorado to live among the
Apache of the Aztlan community, I posted a response to an email I had
received earlier from Yair Davidy, which I felt required clarification.
This was posted on both my website and Yair Davidy's website.
However, Yair responded critically in his post and called it "Dell
Griffin Refuted" and when I replied requesting that he post my
objections to what he had quoted me as saying, he posted another post
called "Dell Griffin Refuted Again." I was approached by several
friends who told me this public debate between us was "too public" and
asked me to take the high road and "remove these posts from my website."
However, I learned this week, that Yair
has since broadcast another post on his website, called "Some Background
Facts About DG". Below, I am responding to this latest attack.
Of a certainty, it will be removed from my site eventually, but this is
the only defense I have against the attacks of Davidy and much of what
he states about me are lies and innuendo. Please allow me this
space to set the record straight. Davidy's criticisms are in white.
I respond in blue.
Maggid ben Yoseif
3. Some Background
Facts About DG
The account below is taken mainly
from the publicized writings of DG himself along with other writings in
the public domain. It therefore cannot be considered libelous.
Most of what you will
read below from Yair Davidy is incorrect, intentionally worded to cast
suspicion and based on innuendo, but my replies are below to set the
Dell Griffin is a "white man" or at
least looks like one.
He says he is partly of Cherokee origin.
As a Lakota
friend recently told me, "ben Yoseif you are Native as hell but
trapped in a White body."
However, if it is
important to anyone, I am the seventh generation since my gggg
grandfather was on the Cherokee National Council that voted against
selling Cherokee lands to the government. Both my gggg grandfather and
my ggg grandfather were on the Cherokee council at Little Chota, Ga.,
before gold was discovered 17 miles away and the Cherokee Nation was
forceably Removed. Today, I am the ambassador at large for the Central
Band of Cherokee, an appointment from Central Band Principal Chief Joe
“Sitting Owl” White in 2010, (who also recently stated that Cherokee
should return to the everlasting commands of Torah binding upon all of
Israel throughout their generations). I am a member of the Native
American Equahiyi-Wasi society (researching links to Equahiyi
(the ancient Cherokee name for Abraham) and Wasi (the ancient
Cherokee name for Moses) and a special messenger on Judea-Samaria and
the Birthright before dozens of Native councils and chieftains. I am a member of the Iglesia de Aztlan community and as an intertribal elder, support the
Aztlan Sun Dancers (who show evidences of being Hebrew priests).
And with the help of friends and Aztlan members and blessing and prayers
of Cherokee, Hopi and Apache elders and under the direct authority of
Cherokee Central Band Principal Chief Joe "Sitting Owl" White, I am
establishing Eldersgate American Indian Council at the eastern gateway
into the Sacred Four Corners. But if not for the high cheek bones
and the fading Mongolian spot on one buttock, and turning red in the
sun, you could not distinguish me from a white man.
DG came to Israel on at least two occasions. At first, he was the writer
for the Jerusalem Post on Religions.
At first I was a
missionary in the all-Moslem East Jerusalem villages of A'tur and Beit
Phage, where Creator told me to tell the Palestinians (Avuhaval and
Sa'ayad clans who had been more loyal to King Hussein of Jordan than the
PLO) there that He was bringing home "Israel" and if they did not resist
this, it would go well with them; but if they did, it would be like
“pissing against the wind.” (As a condition to live in this
village, I studied Koran every week with a Moslem imam).
I did this until two
days before the Intifada broke out on Dec. 10, 1987, at which time I was
advised to leave the village by my Palestinian friends because of the
trouble that was coming. I moved to Tiberias and helped Eric Morey
write the first draft for the Galilee Experience, an outdoor drama.
Then I returned to
Jerusalem hired to be the chief news writer and features producer for
Middle East Television. When owner Pat Robertson discontinued the
English news programming, I was hired the same day my job ended by the
Jerusalem Post as an assistant editor of the Metro and In-Jerusalem news
analysis special sections. I later became a day desk pagination
design editor and a night desk news editor and design editor. When
the Post's religion editor took a sabbatical for a year, I filled in
covering the religion beat. A column I wrote for the religion page
entitled, "The Speech Nobody Heard (in Madrid)," attracted me to
the attention of many Orthodox rabbis and friends in Jerusalem.
He was later dismissed from the
Jerusalem Post according to his own account (given on one of his web
sites) for attempting to access files concerning his colleagues.
First, I still only
have the one website,
www.torah-voice.org. The same name without the hyphen was pirated
several years ago. But In 1992, when David bar Ilan was named
executive editor at the Post, David asked me for my recommendations on
how to consolidate the day and night desks as a cost-saving measure. I
was the only editor in management on the staff who had worked both the
day and night desks and as a career daily newspaper editor and past
executive editor, I had set up a so-called "universal desk" and had also
worked on one for a metropolitan daily before coming to Israel. I
recommended a highly personnel sensitive "universal copy desk" plan that
would balance the workload and then went on a month's accumulated
vacation. The plan was stolen from my computer que while I was away and
maliciously circulated among the day desk copy editors (who were "not as
productive" as the night crew) and others whose jobs may have been
affected, (although no one would have been fired). My duties also
included that of assistant systems operator for pagination design coding
giving me access to the system. Without authorization I entered the
system and deleted the illegal copies of the personnel sensitive plan
and noted the editors who had a copy in their que that originated from
my que. The next day, other editors complained that I had entered their
files. I did no such thing. I merely did a global search for the
illegal copies and deleted them and reported their names to David bar
Ilan and the late Publisher Yehuda Levy, z''l, the next morning. But I
was the only non-Jew on the staff and to head off another walkout strike
at the Post, I agreed to accept termination from Yehuda, who gave me a
bonus of three months severance. (He also told me in the presence
of Ya'acov Peremba, who was his right hand in production, that he was
not happy about this but did not know what else he could do to avoid a
DG may have had genuine journalistic
achievements and connexions that evidently helped him at a later stage.
He became active in the "Ephraimite" movement and may even be considered
one of its founders.
It is true that Yair’s
friend Eddie Chumney, through whom he markets many of his books, and
many other “messianics” knew not the first thing about the House of
Joseph until I did a seminar in the Ohio area in 1994 (in the capacity
as the shaliah for the Autonomous Jewish Authority in Yesha). But I do
not consider myself a leader of Ephraim. I have a pretty well faded by
now, Mongolian spot that indicates I may be from those Joes who migrated
out of Asia.
He published at least one issue of an "Ephraimite" newspaper and put out
a plan to fill up the West Bank with Ephraimite Bnei Noachites.
[DG has since turned against the Bnei Noach movement and refers to it
It was not an
Ephraimite newspaper and there were three editions of the Jerusalem
Torah Voice and Investigative Report. It essentially was an attempt to
publish the ideology of religious Jews for non-Jews and publish Yohanan
Hevroni’s research showing the Bosporus was the Sanbatyon, (which had
been printed earlier in B'or Ha-Torah, the publication of Lubavitch
Jews, virtually in the same form he had submitted it after the Lubavitch
editors had checked and double-checked his research for more than a
year. Of course, Yair, this disproves your contention that the Sanbatyon
was in Russia. I do not refer to the Noachite movement negatively,
except when it is forced on Assimilated Israel.
He also had a scheme whereby those interested could purchase from him
some kind of "portion" of the Land of Judah and Samaria ("the West
Bank") or a future claim to it.
This is absolutely not
true. At no time was I ever involved in such a land deal. However,
when an investigation was done as to why I was incarcerated
incommunicado and all my rights were trampled upon at Ma’asiyahu
(Israel’s highest security prison), I learned from a CIA contact back in
the States, that I had “interfered” in some kind of transaction of
land. I later learned that it was all because Yair’s good friend and
former neighbor Shimon Peres, now the president of the State of Israel,
took millions of dollars under the table to guarantee a Palestinian
state in the possessions of Joseph and had approached the State Dept and
the Rothschild family for more funds. I learned this in a meeting with
Steven Lynn Rothschild in Dallas, TX., in 1994, when Rothschild asked me
what I knew about a “West Bank Infrastructure Development Corporation.”
It was a scheme of Peres and the U.S. State Dept to buy off opposition
to a Palestinian state in Judea-Samaria among the Israeli news media,
the Knesset and various opinion leaders. (Did you ever wonder why after
every terrorist incident, before he became president, Peres would wait a
few weeks and then jump start the same suicidal peace process? It is
because he was BOUGHT!!!!)
I advised Rothschild if
he was a good Jew he would have no part of this and for several years
after that Rothschild could not be located. I was concerned that
he may have been killed because he would not cooperate. But when I
was imprisoned, my lawyer learned that Rothschild was in Israel and had
met with Peres.
These projects received publicity and favorable reactions in some
circles while creating a scandal in others.
He had previously met with John Hulley and interviewed him.
[John Hulley identifies the Lost Ten Tribes historically mainly with
the Ancient Cimmerians and Scripturally identifies them today with
nations of Western Europe and their offspring. As far as present-day
identifications go the conclusions of John Hulley are the same as those
But – and here is where
Yair and I disagree – the Cimmerians populated all of Europe when they
came out of Asia Minor, with concentrations of populations in
Scandinavia, Normandy and from those concentrations into Scotland, Wales
and Ireland. This means all of European colonization not just British
colonization was the means to scatter Ephraim to the world’s coastlands.
To state that only Britain’s colonization (White Anglo-Saxons)
constitutes Ephraim, I repeat, IS RACIST.
At one stage DG appeared to have adopted the views of John Hulley and
still quotes from him to back up his doctrines.
As far as their conclusions go however DG and John Hulley hold quite
The only possible
divergence is that the Cimmerian root stock comprised more than British
colonization as stated above. I have never had the opportunity to ask
John his views about this. I don’t know if he agrees or not.
DG had also made contact with Jewish
right-wing activists and lead them to believe that through him they
could possibly harness numerous potential Bnei-Noachites in support of
Israeli control and settlement of the West Bank.
This is also
incorrect. I was contacted by right wing rabbis and Jewish settlers
about helping them. Initially, as we were attempting to define this
movement, we thought all comers who were not Jewish should be willing to
comply with the Seven Laws of Noach. Then it became evident to me that
we were not addressing Noachites but assimilated Israel. Most all of
the founders of the Autonomous Jewish Authority in Yesha were imprisoned
or placed under house arrest. I was told that if I made an attempt to
return to Israel, I would be "arrested or worse" (and that did happen
when I returned with my family seven years later with my first arrest at
the airport shortly after landing).
I was totally on my own
supporting this cause in the States and was prohibited from making
contact with anyone in Israel for concerns that it could cause them
problems with the Jewish Brigade of the Israeli Secret Police
(Shin-Bet) started by Yair’s good friend and former neighbor Shimon
Peres, when he had been acting prime minister. There is a special arm
of the Shin Bet called the “Jewish brigade” which – at Peres’ direction
– would persecute and prosecute anyone opposed to a Palestinian state in
Judea-Samaria if they became too vocal about it. This Jewish brigade
has been tied to several assassinations in Israel, including the son of
the late Rabbi Meir Kahane and many Kahane supporters, and still does
Peres' political dirty work for him.
DG championed the cause of Robert
Manning who was extradited from Israel to the USA on charges of murder.
Robert Manning was a friend of several leading personalities including
Rabbi Avraham Feld. Robert Manning had a good reputation in Jewish
It was considered that an injustice had been done to Robert Manning.
By DG championing the cause of Robert Manning he earned the gratitude
and appreciation of others.
This much Yair has
correct. The first edition of the Torah Voice, my underground
newspaper, did focus on the illegal political extradition of Robert
Manning and his wife for trumped up murder charges to placate the
Anti-Arab Discrimination Committee who was pressing the Dept. of State
to extradite. My investigation showed that the U.S. Postal Service
falsified fingerprint evidence to extradite Manning. It is still
linked on the
index page of the website for all to read and judge for themselves.
DG met with and befriended quite a
few Rabbinical personalities who though they disagreed with his outlook
still may have let themselves be associated somehow or other with his
He also took up with a Bratslaver Hasid ("Shani ben Dor"? Rabbi
Schnieder?) some of whose teachings he incorporated into his own earlier
The Breslov Hasid now
known as the Rebbe Shani Dor of the Sanhedrin court and I were best
friends and traveled together to many tombs where we davened Tikkun Ha-Clali
of Rebbe Nachman. Of course my Orthodox friends would not embrace
Y’shua, nor would I expect them to, nor did I ever ask them to do so.
It is my feeling that Hosea 1 represents a covenant abrogated with the
House of Israel but still in tact with the House of Judah and that the
three judgments of Hosea 1, which apply only to the assimilation of
non-Jewish Israel, were remedied in prophesies about Y'shua before his
birth and at his infancy as Hashem's means "to remember his mercy for
His People Israel." Coupled with the words of Y'shua/Jesus that "I
am sent only to the Lost Sheep of the House of Israel," it seems pretty
lame to suggest that Jesus had anything to do with the Jewish people
except to chastise some of their leaders for not observing the Torah
they were teaching.
The above account is correct but the events described may not have
occurred in the exact consecutive order as that given. Some took place
in Israel, others in the USA. At some stage DG had returned to the USA
and continued his activities from there.
The above is correct
only as qualified.
He gave numerous "seminars" on "Ephraimite"
subjects and built up a following mainly amongst "Ephraimites."
Beginning with a
program on the then Trinity Broadcasting Network called Footsteps in
Messiah with Joseph Good in 1993, shortly before the Palestinian
autonomy was declared, I received more than 300 letters and phone calls
inquiring about the Return of the House of Joseph. This led to a series
of seminars across the States, in which I encountered much opposition
from so-called Ephraimite leaders who held to Christian dogma.
His emphasis seems to have been on
settlement of people who believed they were descended from the Lost Ten
Tribes in the Land of Israel and their acceptance by the Jews.
DG came to Israel again (ca. 2000-2001) along with his wife and son.
His wife was evidently Hispanic and believed herself descended from
The whole family began a process of conversion to Judaism which DG did
not complete but his wife and son did and the family separated.
Again, the facts as
presented by Yair are not correct. My now ex-wife, a direct descendant
of King David, was descended from a family of Anusim. These were
assimilated Jews from Mexico, who had converted to Catholicism
apparently as a life-saving measure during the Spanish Inquisition.
She was the first in her generations to make her return to the Jewish
faith and I helped her return every step of the way. But in becoming an
Orthodox Jewess, the Halachah forbidding mixed marriages came into play.
We were forced to live apart and when her conversion was completed,
maintained separate quarters in the same house, (bought a house that
could be so configured) so she could comply with the Halachah. At
first, that worked out, because at that time I was caring for my
elderly father in another state. After his death, however, as Creator
led me more and more to seek Israelite M’nashe among the Native
population, and she was not inclined to live among the Apache, it was
clear that our paths were diverting. We waited until our son was bar
mitzva'ed and raised and divorced in 2007.
After my earlier
release from prison, 10 years ago on Yom Hatzmaout, (see FREEDOM PARTY
being planned), I returned to the states about six months ahead of my
wife and son, who needed to finish the semester at his Hebrew Orthodox
elementary school. I had encouraged them both to remain in Israel while
I worked with Rabbi Joseph Radinsky in Houston to complete my
preparation to convert WITH THE CONDITION THAT I WOULD NOT GIVE UP A
JOSEPHITE IDENTITY (contrary to Mishnah Ma’aser Sheni 9). This is when
I first realized that the Halachah discriminates against Joes, by
requiring conversion. When you convert you have no inheritance at
the Yovel (Jubilee), since it clearly states that converts to the Jewish
faith have no inheritance at the Yovel. It appears that the framers of
this Halachah believed the House of Israel would never return until the
messiah’s coming. This may not be the case. And if so, there will be
millions of Joes who are refugees looking for their ancestral homeland.
In Israel DG had began learning in the Rabbinical Institute, "Or Sameach",
that had a program for prospective converts.
I was invited by the
rosh yeshiva at Yeshiva Ohr Someah, one of the most prestigious
yeshivot in the Mea She'arim, Jerusalem area, to study there after an
elderly tzaddik contacted him about me. The tzaddik earlier charged me
to “find and mobilize” the House of Joseph in exile. I was not there to
convert. In a conversation with the rosh yeshiva before I was admitted,
that was made clear. I would remain a Joe, but I wanted to know more
about Halachah and be able to study there with the Rebbe Shani Dor.
I was so welcomed there, that my son and I were invited to lift the
cloth to raise the shmurah matzot when the rosh yeshiva prayed to
bless the production. I continued studying there until the day of
my incarceration the morning following the meeting at the Jerusalem
Hilton with Yair Davidy's group.
He lived in the Jerusalem suburb of
Giloh which was subject to Arab sniper attacks from the neighboring
DG wrote frequent reports describing the situation in Giloh and in
Israel in general.
These reports were well received and quite popular. It was at this time
that he met with Yair Davidiy. He attended a Brit-Am meeting along with
an entourage that included three rabbis and his lawyer. None of the
"entourage" agreed with his views and they emphasized their
I don’t remember it
this way. I remember Rabbi Chaim Richman calling the lack of an
Halachic category for Joes “a conundrum”. I remember Rabbi David bar
Chaim describing the dilemma of not being able to change Halachah as a
“ship with a broken rudder in still waters” and Halachah stipulating
that you could not even look at an owner’s manual to fix it. I remember
the Rebbe Shani Dor, and my lawyer, Jack Golbert being very sympathetic
for the cause of Joes and encouraging me in this work. I remember
obstacles as well, notably YOUR Ephraim Frank, who wanted to classify me
and people like me as “Jewish Joes” meaning I’m not sure what, except to
confuse the issue.
Nevertheless they attended the
meeting apparently in the expectation that something might come of it
while giving the impression that they did not necessary want anything to
HAD SOME SHIN-BET PLANT
AT YAIR’S MEETING NOT CIRCUMVENTED OUR EFFORTS SOMETHING WOULD HAVE COME
OUT OF IT. We had scheduled meetings to follow up on determining an
Halachic identity for Joes, but all of that was cut short with my
illegal arrests and imprisonment.
The lawyer held views similar to
those of Rabbi Avichail and specializes in representing "eccentrics"
such as DG.
The lawyer also
suspected Rabbi Feld and Yair (because of his friendship with Shimon
Peres) as being the source of my troubles with the Shin Bet. Rabbi Feld,
I later learned, was the only visitor I was allowed during my
incarceration, but he did not visit with me; only with the authorities
at the Russian Compound where I was in a cell block with Russian Mafioso
before my transfer to Ma’asiyahu.
At the meeting itself various
declarations and speeches were made mainly reflecting the personal
opinions of those attending and nothing more than that.
At the time Yair Davidiy, Ephraim Frank, and Dell Griffin all posted
fairly comprehensive reports of the meeting that were sent out to the
Brit-Am mailing list.
It later transpired that DG had hoped to bring the Brit-Am membership
over to his point of view that all (or most) Gentiles were descended
from the Lost Ten Tribes.
If you mean away from
YOUR racist point of view, this is correct. But I have never stated
that all Gentiles are descended from the Lost Ten Tribes, this is
ludicrous. I believe it is the contention of your friend, Eddie Chumney,
that all Christians are so descended. But I believe there is
as much of Esau assimilated within the non-Jewish world as Israel.
Anyone would be a fool to blindly open the gates to all Gentiles or
DG had given a lot of publicity
beforehand to this meeting.
He had also promoted himself as possibly about to make a breakthrough
with the authorities that would enable "Ephraimites" to settle in
Israel. Most of the people DG appealed to at that time were "Anglo"
He was also then very open to
Afro-Americans but recently (possibly due to his intensified "Chicano"
associations who tend to be anti-black) has not mentioned them.
This is pure hogwash
meant to confuse the issue and imply that ben Yoseif has an undeflatable
ego and a prejudice. Talk with the people who really know me. They
will tell you. The only prejudice ben Yoseif owns is one against those
who spread lies and innuendo. As a career journalist, I find this
particularly heinous and undefendable.
DG later accused Brit-Am of being racist though at our meeting with DG
and his entourage Brit-Am attendees included a partly-African teacher of
Hebrew and a lady of Indian descent both being from Jamaica.
[People of any race who are intelligent and sensitive usually prefer the
truth to empty platitudes. Brit-Am serves as "home" to a lot of
THIS MUCH YOU HAVE
CORRECT. You and your message are racist. And Arnella, the
partly African teacher of Hebrew from Jamaica, was MY FRIEND before she
ever attended a Brit-Am meeting. I knew her in Jerusalem before I
even married, we played tennis a few times and hung out. After my
wife and I were married, she visited us in the states before our son was
born. And she had spoken at a Torah study I taught in Palestine, TX., in
About a day or two later DG was
arrested and we were told that it was on suspicion of associating with
Christian Terrorists (?).
There was then a group of Christians in the Jerusalem area who had been
plotting terrorist attacks against Jews in order to bring on the
Rabbi Avraham Feld had helped expose their activities.
Rabbi Feld at that time had contacts with the Israeli Police and tried
to clarify what the suspicions against DG were based upon. He was
informed that "Interlocking" intelligence from at least two sources had
placed suspicion on DG but no details were given.
Dell Griffin later explained that he had lodged in a boarding house
opposite the room of one of these terrorists.
Later when the terrorist was arrested DG went to the jail to inquire
WHAT A PACK OF LIES AND
INNUENDO. But I am beginning to see a clearer picture now. Associating
me with these whackos is your means to marginalize a serious breach of
justice. I just happened to be contacted by email by one of these kooks
who claimed to be Elijah. I never answered him, but because my name was
on his email list, I was associated with him. I explained this to my
interrogators and my lawyer explained this to my interrogators during my
first four-hour interrogation. This had nothing to do with my
incarceration. It is a smoke screen to protect your good friend, Peres’
I would not call him a
Christian terrorist, but there was a Christian missionary by the name of
Brother David who used to bring a large wooden cross onto Egged No. 1,
the bus in Jerusalem that goes from Mea She'arim to the Western Wall.
This would upset -- perhaps this is the terror about which Yair speaks
-- a lot of Orthodox Jews. Most people thought it was funny
and just laughed at him. He happened to live in the same boarding house
across the hall from me. One day he had a mental breakdown and
vandalized the library of the boarding house, which belonged to a very
polite elderly Holocaust survivor, with whom I had been good friends.
But it traumatized her. He was arrested. I was called at the Jerusalem
Post to help him because he did not know anyone else to call. Yes, we
were friends, as I would befriend anyone in genuine need. He was
eventually deported, but it was not for terrorist acts. It was for
wearing his faith too publicly on his sleeves. David thought he was to
come to Jerusalem to open a homeless shelter and he did some good with
limited resources, but opposition from some religious quarters shut him
down. After that he lost heart and I believe went off the deep
end. HE WAS FAR FROM A TERRORIST.
But I find it
interesting that Rabbi Feld was exposing this. That I did not know
until now. Surely Rabbi Feld knew I was NOT a terrorist after
personally meeting with him at the meeting in the Hilton with three
rabbis and a lawyer present! He COULD have gotten these charges
dropped, Right? Of course not right. Because this was
really a political vendetta of Shimon Peres, your good friend and former
neighbor. If what you say is true -- and I don't believe you for
10 seconds -- and I was incarcerated in 2000-01 for associating with
Brother David in 1988, when he lived across the hall from me in the
boarding house; and my second point of contact with him was when I went
to visit him in jail, as an employee at the Jerusalem Post in 1991 or
1992, then RABBI FELD IS GUILTY OF GROSS PRESUMPTION AND BEARING FALSE
WITNESS in connection with my incarceration. At least I would know
who to hold responsible for the misery that has been caused me and my
family these past 10 years. But my CIA sources tell me Peres
wanted me dead and the Shin Bet agent had been planted in my cell block
to make that happen before it was all circumvented when I was
unexpectedly released on Yom Hatzmaout in 2001, just as the sirens
sounded to begin the holiday.
DG also said that in his attempts to gather support he had contacted, or
responded to contacts from, numerous groups that he could not keep track
of and had no idea as to what their ideology was.
I do not solicit and I
do not spam (and I do not steal names off of others' email lists, which
is how Yair got my entire email list, when I accidentally CCed it
instead of BCCing it). If I was contacted by these "numerous groups"
however, their email addresses automatically went into my email list.
Yes I do hear from people with different ideologies every day. I
believe it is what makes them Joes. But I try always to steer
those serious about making aliyah to Israel to Orthodox Halachah.
DG was incarcerated and then returned to the USA.
This was a traumatic experience for him as it would have been for most
of us. DG later claimed that his incarceration was due to Shimon Peres
(an important Israeli politician and the present Foreign Minister)
having had a vendetta against him.
This is true however, I
was not deported. The arrangement made on my behalf by my lawyers was
that I would not be deported, but in exchange for my release, I would
agree to take a “voluntary vacation from Israel” until such time that
the "message of the Return of the House of Joseph as the biblical
alternative to a Palestinian state in the territories of Joseph was no
longer considered a threat to Israeli national security," by the Israeli
Security Services. I have not made any petition to the ISS to
return as the tzadik told me “You will want to return but will not be
allowed to do so. You must do your work outside of the land.” It is
this inability to return that ultimately led to the divorce with my
wife, who I met in Jerusalem, whose home was in Jerusalem and who will
someday return there.
DG wrote that in his early
journalistic days in Israel he had spoiled some kind of real estate deal
that Shimon Peres had been involved in.
I wrote that this is
what I was told by a CIA contact when I returned to the States. But the
only thing involving Peres had been the meeting with Rothschild
explained above. (The CIA told me nothing about any clandestine
meetings with "Christian terrorists," -- HOGWASH.
Barry Chamish wrote a few lines in support of DG protesting against the
way the authorities had treated him.
I never saw this if
Barry, then a reputable investigative reporter in Israel himself being
persecuted by Peres, wrote it. Barry did mention that Shimon Peres was behind my
arrests and imprisonment, however. And he arrived at this
conclusion independent of any contact with me or my lawyers.
Back in the USA DG engaged in
private correspondence along with a public article or two in which he
criticized Brit-Am and gave a misleading impression of us.
I STATED THE TRUTH
ABOUT YOUR RACIST POSITION TO YOUR FACE. IT WAS WRITTEN TO YOU AND
RABBI FELD PERSONALLY. WHAT WAS LATER CIRCULATED ON YOUR WEBSITE, WAS
YOUR CHOICE. I HAVE NO CONTROL OVER THAT. BUT IT WAS SAID TO YOUR FACE
AND NOTHING BEHIND YOUR BACK: YOU YAIR DAVIDY ARE PROMOTING A RACIST
VIEW OF EPHRAIM BEING BRITISH ISRAEL.
Later, Norman Willis came to
Israel with DG stating that Norman was his representative. Norman Willis
proceeded to formulate a scheme to obtain Israeli Government permission
to settle Ephraimites in Israel.
NOT TRUE. I did write
an introductory letter for Norman hoping it would help him to follow up
on the Halachic identity issue for Joes. But Norman misrepresented
himself to me. I had given him a list of CONTACTS, MOSTLY RABBIS
AND ENCOURAGED HIM TO LEARN HALACHAH WHILE IN ISRAEL. I LATER
DISCOVERED THAT NORMAN HAD HIS OWN MESSIANIC AGENDA AND IMMEDIATELY
CONTACTED THOSE RABBONIM TO WARN THEM. WHAT NORMAN DID IN ISRAEL I WAS
NEVER PRIVEY TOO, AFTER THAT, AND HE QUICKLY DISMISSED ME ONCE HE HAD MY
CONTACTS. The only indirect contact involving Norman since has been
through a messianic congregation in northern Georgia who invited me to
speak the week before my father died on the sixth day of Succot in 2006.
I thought it strange that a messianic group would want to hear from me.
The meeting ended quickly when it became obvious that I was teaching
against the deity of Jesus and the other stumbling blocks that separate
Joes and Jews and that I was NOT Norman. Apparently there had been a
case of mistaken identity on someone’s part or they thought I believed
This was accompanied by a public petition on his web-site of Ephraimites
interested in settling in Israel.
I HAVE NEVER VISITED
NORMAN’S WEBSITE AND DON’T KNOW WHAT IS THERE. AT THIS TIME, I HAD
ENOUGH PROBLEMS OF MY OWN TO DEAL WITH.
After receiving some publicity and quite a bit of support from various
Ephraimites, Norman then declared that the whole idea (which he himself
had initiated) was a plot [by DG?] to get Messianic Christians out of
the USA (where they were liable to proselytize Jews?) and in to the
Israeli West Bank where the Palestinians could massacre them!
DG dissociated himself from Norman.
THIS IS UTTER
Yair, every Orthodox Jew who knows me – be he a rabbi or a lay person,
yourself included – knows that I have never proselytized as I believe
the covenant between Hashem and the Southern Kingdom has never been
abrogated. But to imply that I would send any Jew to his death is
absolutely insane. In fact, just the opposite is true. When the
Israeli Defense Forces were withdrawn from Itamar, which did not even
have a security fence from the surrounding Palestinian villages, I was
asked by the mayor, security chief and rabbi to help. My email list
raised about $30,000 (the funds to buy bullet proof vests, night vision
goggles and night vision rifle scopes to protect Itamar). This was one
of the file cabinet of alleged crimes with which a second attorney I had
to hire who had security clearance reported to me. Then Interior
Ministry Eli Yishai told the Israeli Security Services when asked about
this, “You want to incarcerate him for saving Jewish lives. You should
give him a medal!”
JOES, on the other
hand, belong in this region and I believe will have the protection of
Creator when they are allowed to return.
DG has now resurfaced and supports an alliance between Amerindians and
Chicanos whom he now declares to be Israelites. He has also returned to
emphasizing his Christian beliefs and added Mormon doctrines along with
Amerindian sweat lodge sacred dance lore to his theological arsenal.
The latest research,
published in the March-April 2011 edition of Ancient American magazine
identifies Israelite East M’nashe in its migrations throughout Asia
among the 38 Athapascan Language Group Nations of Canada and Alaska and
specifically among a family of Joseph separated from his brothers who
migrated further south to the Four Corners area, where I live today:
The five nations of the Apache and the Navajo. The Navajo weave is
found on the Choshen (breastplate of the High Priest). Also, I gave the
Book of Mormon the benefit of my many doubts until completing a
five-year review of the book and LDS doctrine. This link is found on the
index page of the website for any interested. It disputes the book and
the doctrine as not lining up with Torah and disqualifying those who
would be called Ephraim among the LDS without a Torah-based revival.
DG in effect at present is a New Age Universalistic type activist who
also believes in the Lost Ten Tribes.
He describes himself as communicating with God from his belly and
After making the full
circuit from Native spirituality to graduate Christian theological
seminary, study with a Moslem imam and study with rabbonim, I am most
comfortable with Native spirituality, which observes much of Torah as
second nature. I do occasionally hear a voice in my belly usually
accompanied by an “inward witness” and lately speaking to me from the
dust of the ground inside “inipi” (Native American purification lodge).
Because of his background, the earlier impressions he gave to others,
his former "Ephraimite"-orientated activities, the initial publicity he
managed to achieve, contacts he made or gave the impression of making,
and a certain following he built up over the years he has an importance
that otherwise would not accrue to him.
Yair, I am trying to do
day by day what Creator impresses I should do, nothing more and nothing
Membreno Apache have made 'ben Yoseif,' who is mixed Cherokee, their
blood brother. He is helping them with their spiritual obligation to
serve the wave of Chicano migrations, who MbY claims comprise at least
one clan of the lost Israelite tribe of M'nashe and a lost Hebraic
priesthood so concentrated that it could comprise the long-prophesied
re-emergence of the "sons of Zadok."
DG is here admitting that he has sold his soul.
He is encouraging Amerindians "to serve the wave of Chicano migrations".
This is a betrayal of Ephraim and by implication also of Judah.
I stand by all of the
above. The only thing portrayed above is Yair Davidy’s prejudice and
racism against Amerindians and Chicano. Ephraim must deal with these
descendants of M’nashe before they can think about reuniting with Judah.
As for his religion,
DG can believe what he likes. Brit-Am is NOT in the business of debating
religion with others.
DG has become a bad egg or at least is acting like one. There are a lot
of bad eggs in this world however and normally he would not concern us.
DG would not overduly interest us if he would not refer to us and if in
the eyes of others he would have no connection to the Ephraimite
So I am a “bad egg”
because I challenge you to rethink the Rov of Ephraim and consider that
it is a worldwide Rov and not just a British Israel Rov?
The very nature of the reactions that we have had from "Ephraimites"
asking us in the name of "Unity" to resolve the conflict indicate that
our criticism of DG has indeed been a valid one.
years “Dell Griffin Refuted” and “Dell Griffin Refuted Again,” have been
on your website. You have selectively edited my comments and implied
things that are not true and you have done it intentionally to discredit
me and my work. But your latest attempt at character assassination,
about which I have just learned “background facts about DG” goes too
I will be posting this
on my website as my only defense against your attacks.
Maggid ben Yoseif