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    Posted: 17-Aug-2005 at 23:18
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If Arabs are not Semitic, and Jews are, what exactly is the relationship between them? 


Both are Semitic, at least from the linguistic point of view. Hebrews seem to have migarted into Palestine (then called Canaan) c. 1300 BCE associated with the Aramaic migration into other lands of the Fertile Crescent. They all come from the same origin (normally thought somewhere in Arabia), again from a linguistic viewpoint (they can have mixed once and again during their migrations). Canaanites themselves also spoke a Semitic tongue (a descendant of which is Phoenician) but they seem to have reached the area much earlier probably simultaneously with Akkadian migrations of c. 3900 BCE.

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So the saying that goes that Arabs and Jews are "Cousins" is correct?  Or just linguistically correct?



Yes. Apart of Aramaic and Assyrian, that are spoken by very few people nowadays, Arab and Hebrew are the two only Semitic languages still alive. Genetically Palestian Arabs and Sephardic Jews are quite simmilar too.


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I see, thanks for your insight. 
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