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By Nathan House

Dressed in red robes or completely in black attire, members of the Hebrew Israelites religious group demonstrated outside MCTC campus Oct.16.

This is not the first visit of the group whose headwear is adorned with the six-pointed star of David. Claiming to be the real prophets of God and Jesus Christ, the group attempts to spread their message to college students and others.

As students bustle to morning classes, one of the group’s leaders spoke briefly through a microphone off Hennepin Avenue between the Technical and Helland buildings. Police arrived later and stopped the amplified speech-making.

Even without a microphone, the presenter’s voices boomed throughout campus.

One of the main beliefs of the Hebrew Israelites, according to the groups flier, is that “God, Jesus Christ, the true Biblical Jews and all the holy prophets were black” and originally from Israel.

Some students stayed and listened, while others waited for the bus. A woman with a small child chose to purposely miss her bus to hear more of what was being said.

“You may have missed your bus ma’am, but you may have very well gained salvation,” said one of the men.

The school addressed the groups presence and many student complaints in an e-mail Oct. 19 stating, “MCTC wants the community to know that it does not condone or support such views.”

The email also states although the school “does not condone or support discriminatory comments of behavior,” individuals or groups are entitled to express thoughts and opinions publicly when done in a peaceful manner, which is a right protected under the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.

The members are from a local chapter of The Israelite Church located in North Minneapolis on Emerson Avenue.

When asked to elaborate on the purpose of their visit to MCTC, a group leader declined to respond, and a phone number listed in the flyer was not in service.

According to the flier, the group’s goal is to “expose the true historical lineage of blacks, hispanics, and Indians from North, Central, and South America, as well as the Caribbean islands and the rest of the world.”

This message of their goal is supported by a claim on the flyer, stating that “Blacks, Hispanics and Indians come from a royal lineage of honor, dignity and glory.”

Speakers also opposed same-sex marriage, premarital sex, abortion, and anything against the ten commandments from the bible.

The Minneapolis police department confirmed that as long as the group speaks on the sidewalk without amplification, they can speak. For any further questions or concerns, students can contact the director of Public Safety at (612) 659-6902.

Staff writer Verta Taylor contributed to this report.



9 Responses to “Hebrew Israelites post on Hennepin Ave.”

  1. Emmanuel Cornerstone on April 28th, 2014 5:12 pm

    This group is nothing but a racist hate group using their cherry-picked biblical mis-interpretations to justify a sick and twisted outlook on life and their fellow man.

  2. Sharlene Peterson on May 15th, 2014 9:27 pm

    Just another hate group. God loves everyone! – unless your white or something.

  3. There are 8 reported active hate groups in Minnesota – here’s a look at them - Rick Kupchella's – on March 30th, 2015 2:15 pm

    […] Members of the Minneapolis congregation of the Israelite Church of God in Jesus Christ have demonstrated outside college campuses and handed out fliers in the past, City College News, the student newspaper at MCTC, reported in 2012. […]

  4. Carrol Eaton on November 9th, 2015 12:33 pm

    Hello, I do believe in The Holy Bible and what it teaches us Israelite,my question to my Israelite brothers and sisters how can one join?where is the location?what time can I meet with my sister and brothers.

  5. Gabarahwar on February 8th, 2016 10:47 pm

    Shalom Caroll, you can get more information about attending classes but calling 612-567-0655 or email [email protected]

  6. yada on February 9th, 2016 12:54 am

    3116Emerson ave no Minneapolis Minnesota 55411 class is M-F 7pm-10:30pm and Saturday 9am-3ish. Friday night and Saturday class is the Lord’s Shabbat

  7. arnold marshall on August 7th, 2016 6:20 am

    Is there a phone number i can call

  8. Gabarahwar on December 12th, 2016 1:03 pm

    Shalam Arnold, you can contact us at 612-567-0655 or at [email protected], a few posta up is the Church location.

  9. Mo on August 27th, 2016 3:29 am

    Shalom Carroll contact me. [email protected].

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