Oriental (native Middle Eastern) Jews. The last of Biblical Hebrew tribes. Historic photos of Mizrahi Jews from Iraq (0:09 and all photos btw 0:25 and 2:12), Saudia Arabia (0:17) and Yemen (from 2:15 until the end, also 0:01). Genetically, Iraqi Jews are the purest surviving Semitic Jews. Namely Iraqi Jews (and to a great extent Yemenite Jews) seem to be the closest to the intermediate Jewish Semitic genetic samples. Yemenite Jews preserved the most ancient form of Hebrew. Hebrew Music by Sabina (Ashkenazi), Israel: Track 1: Kadosh (Holy). Track 2: Moyde ani lefaneykho.
Genetic research on Jewish origins (its highly respected scientific publication): http://www.nature.com/ncomms/2013/131... It concludes "Overall, it seems that at least 80% of Ashkenazi (European Jewish) maternal ancestry is due to the assimilation of mtDNAs indigenous to Europe, most likely through conversion." We also have to bear in mind that in the Jewish tradition it is the maternal ancestry that had always been defining Jewishness. Also: Ashkenazi Levites have mainly East European lineages (having 50 % of Slavic haplogroup R1a, just as Ukrainians & Poles) suggesting a possible Khazar source in that particular case. And according to genetic study by Shen, an average male Ashkenazi has 30 % (23 % in study by Behar) of European R1a & R1b vs 25 % (19 % in Behar) of Semtic J1 & J. All of the above is in big contrast to Mizrahi Jews. At least Jewish Ashkenazi females, Ashkenazi Levites (and all other Ashkenazi males in at least 30 % degree) are not from Biblical Hebrew tribes but from Europeans. Falashes (Ethiopian Jews) have African DNA (not Middle Eastern) and are from Ethiopian converts too. Krymchaks & Karaites have Turkic DNA. Bnei Maneshe have Far-East Asian DNA, not Semitic neither. I am in no way anti-Ashkenazi or anti-Falashi, this is just plain research.