"A people without the knowledge of their history is like a tree without roots." - Marcus Garvey
The Children of Israel were flushed out of the land of Canaan, the country known as Israel today, (which still is, and actually was originally in the continent of Africa...the term "Middle East" just refers to a region) fleeing persecution, slavery and starvation from the Romans in the Jewish-Roman War 66-70 A.D., which marked the end of the original Hebrew Israelites as a nation.
The Israelites who did manage to survive that war were mostly of the Kingdom of Judah. Israel was split into two kingdoms; the northern kingdom, who kept the name Israel, and the southern kingdom called Judah (1 Kings 12 & 2 Chron 10). The attacking Romans came from the north, so the Israelites living in the northern kingdom, or Israel, were attacked first. The escaping Israelites, mostly of the southern kingdom Judah, migrated south and west into Africa...in the opposite direction of the attacking Roman army. The farther west they went, the safer they believed they were since the Romans were coming from the east and north (Rome, Italy). So they migrated on to Africa's west coast. Africa's west coast was the safest place in the world at that time for them. On a map dated 1747, the "Kingdom of Juda" is clearly seen on the west coast of Africa.
The Hebrew Israelites were in fact strangers living amongst Africans, and even though they looked so much alike that they were often mistaken all through the Bible as Egyptians (Africans)...they were not the same people, and its documented that they were called "The Children of the Book" by the African tribes. The indigenous Africans were the ones who first sent word to the Portuguese that the Children of the Book were there in much numbers...and are cursed to be slaves (Deut 28:41,48 & 68)
And like they say...the rest is history!
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Disclaimer: **This is not an attack on Africans at all, just simply clarifying history.
"The Great Roman-Jewish War: A.D. 66-70" by the ancient historian Flavius Josephus;
"The Truth About Black Biblical Hebrew-Israelites" (1982) by Ella J. Hughley;
"From Babylon To Timbuktu" (1969) by Dr. Rudolph R. Windsor