Yehuda ben Yisrael
c/o John Wright
Omaha, Ne 68112



The Honorable Lee Terry
U.S. House of Representatives


RE: Reparations for Black Hebrew Israelites

Dear Congressman Terry

I am writing in behalf of myself and immediate family. We are Hebrew Israelites. We have traced our ancestry to that of the ancient Nation of Israel. Our ancestors, who's descendants were captured off the shores of West Africa, were kidnapped and brought the the America's as slaves during the Trans -Atlantic Slave Trade. We are seeking reparations for this atrocity in order to relocate to country of Jordan to pursue our desire to worship under the First Amendment to worship and serve our GOD, the GOD of Moses.

Attached to this letter also are copies of other coorespondence sent to President Clinton, Congressman John Conyers, Mrs. Mary Robinson U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights and other congressmen on behalf of the non-profit corporation called The Lawkeepers Co. I am seeking funds for the purpose of relocating my family to join other Hebrew Israelites in Jordan to build a community govern by the Law of the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.

The US Congress has before it H.R.40 presented by congressman John Conyers the purpose of which states:

"To acknowledge the fundamental injustice, cruelty, brutality, and inhumanity of slavery in the United States and the 13 American colonies between 1619 and 1865 and to establish a commission to examine the institution of slavery, subsequently de jure and de facto racial and economic discrimination against African-Americans, and the impact of these forces on living African-Americans, to make recommendations to the Congress on appropriate remedies, and for other purposes."

My family and I support fully the above bill and are asking you as our repesentative of Nebraska, to support this bill also.

The US has yet to honestly and justifyably address this issue. It is no secret that my ancestors were brought here as slaves and forced to give up all their customs, their language, heritage and beliefs, and had forced upon them the language, customs and beliefs of their captors which includes the life of a Christian or any other religion that was imposed on them.

Although our ancestors were brought to this continent unwillingly, they were from another nation. They were also a free people and not slaves. They were abducted and put in chains and forced into the institution of slavery. Clearly one of the most cruel and inhumane conditions another people can place on another. They were not even considered people but property

And, when they were finally "freed," in 1863, no choice was given to them as to whether they wanted to stay in the United States or return to the land of abduction. They were not even considered citizens.

America cannot be proud of this historical legacy. The nation is now considering the impeachment of the President of the United States for lying under oath. Both houses of the senate and congress seek to uphold the consitution of these United States. Yet, in 1999, so-called African Americans have yet to receive justice and repairs for this nations involvement in the worst violation of human rights and "obstruction of justice" in American history. .

I direct your attention the "Dred Scott vs John F.A. Sandford" case that went before the United States Supreme Court in 1856.,This case ruled that:

"A free negro of the African race, whose ancestors were brought to this country and sold as slaves, is not a ‘citizen' within the meaning of the Constitution of the United States."

Here we see congressman Terry, that even "freed" African slaves were not considered citizens as this person was denied.

This means that my Great, Great grandparents (born into slavery) before July 28, 1868, when the 14th Amendment was adopted to the Constitution of the United States, were not "citizens."

The Amendment reads as follows;

"1. All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside. No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws."

This was adopted and ratified in 1868, five years AFTER the Emancipation Proclamation became law.

On January 1, 1863, President Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation. The Emancipation Proclamation, although freeing the slaves, gave the slaves no choice as to whether they wanted to return to the land of abduction or become citizens of these United States. Clearly the Dred Scott decision of 1856 stated they were not citizens. If they had been given the choice, who's responsibility was it to provide the necessary means for their return had they desired to do so?

The proclamation declared

"that all persons held as slaves" within the rebellious states "are, and henceforward shall be free."

It wasn't until approximately 2 years later that the 13th Amendment, which was ratified and adopted on Dec 6, 1865 became law.. Section 1, reads"

"Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime wherof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction."

This 13th Amendment thus became Law officially ending slavery within the United States.However, again we see that the slaves were not given a choice on whether or not they wanted to stay or leave..

When the Constitution was adopted, they were not regarded in any of the States as members of the community which constituted the State, and were not numbered among its ‘people or citizens.' Consequently, the special rights and immunities guaranteed to citizens did not apply to them. And not being ‘citizens' within the meaning of the Constitution, they were not entitled to sue in that character in a court of the United States, and the Circuit Court had no jurisdiction in such a suit." Is this not "injustice" or what? When the rebellious states freed the slaves, the slaves were not citizens of the state or the United States. They were not asked if they wanted to stay here in the United States of America and become a citizen, a member of this system. The law makers automatically assumed and forced it on them, later in history.

Although I am, according to the Constitution, a "citizen" having been born in these united states after 1868 accordiing the the 14th Amendment; and have granted to me all the rights thereof of such citizenship, my ancestors were not. The lack of unity, oppression, and discrimination that centuries of this bondage has caused our people, is still affecting us today. All one has to do is look at the recent suit of Black Farmers against the US Government for discrimination in loans during the Reagan administration as one of many recent examples..

I would also remind you that the "Jews" received and are receiving billions of dollars in aid for the holocaust and no one complains about it. The Japanese also received reparations a fact you well know.

As a decendant of slaves and one who can and has traced my linage to the nation of Israel, I submit that our ancestor's right to make that decision has been deferred to us, their descendants and we CHOOSE to leave the USA at the expense of the US through just reparations. We have outlined (see the attached letters,) the amount of compensation we feel will be neccessary to help us re-establish as a community in Jordan. I would appreciate a response from you acknowledging this letter and your decision to support our cause and support of H.R. and any amendments thereto. Our plans are to relocate in 1999.

Sincerely,
Yehudah ben Yisrael
yehbben@aol.com
CC John Conyers
Senator Bob Kerry
The LawKeepers Co.

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