Wednesday, August 17, 2005

Experts: Inbreeding main cause of Arab infant mortality

After lowering infant mortality rates among Arabs in western Galilee through the reduction of neonatal infections, early detection and encouraging abortions of fetuses with major and lethal congenital defects, public health experts are now focusing on the last main cause of babies' deaths in this population: inbreeding. Dr. Avshalom Strulov of the University of Haifa's Faculty of Social Welfare and Health Studies and of the Health Ministry's Northern District health office reports in the August issue of the Israel Medical Association Journal about efforts to discourage Arab first cousins and other close relatives from marrying. Such consanguineous marriages, he writes, "are not part of the Islamic religion" and are indeed harmful since they lead to the conception of fetuses with serious inherited diseases. The district health office has initiated a project in areas with large Arab populations that includes study days for health personnel, initiation of reports against inbreeding in the Arabic-language mass media, and encouragement of Muslim religious leaders to declare in mosques that this practice is likely to produce defective children. Most of the activity, however, recruits elementary and high-school teachers in the Arab sector who speak to pupils about the dangers of marrying close relatives.


At August 17, 2005 2:37 AM, Blogger the adventuress said...

Muhammad's daughter Fatima married his first cousin Ali bin Abi Talib. By what criterion does this doctor claim that cousin marriages "are not part of Islam"?

At August 17, 2005 3:13 AM, Blogger sissyblue said...

Maybe that explains the "group think" we see in their culture. I wonder if there's any genetic studies which might shed light on their violent, barbaric nature.

At August 17, 2005 4:58 AM, Blogger Ole said...

Maybe the male Arab doesn't know who he is marrying since the females are all bundled up with veils and such. The poor slob could be marrying his first cousin, his sister or who knows what. I understand that they're not too bright. But that's because of inter-marrying.

At August 17, 2005 5:42 AM, Blogger R2K said...

If only one of you understood the culture rather than just making things up.

"I wonder if there's any genetic studies which might shed light on their violent, barbaric nature. "

Violence is not a genetic trait. That shows you know nothing about science, my first concern.

And Violent, barbaric nature extends to most cultures, including yours. Which shows you also dont know history, my second concern here.

The problem isnt reproductive, its cultural. And religion and poverty are the problem.

At August 17, 2005 12:36 PM, Blogger sissyblue said...

Alex, Oh right! It seems the London bombings PROVED that it's NOT cultural! Give me a break! Also, just as a reminder, most of the 9-11 terrorists were well educated and doing quite well in our culture, so that rules out your poverty theory.

There's been plenty of research on genes and violence. I'm not stupid enough to believe I'm the first person to have wondered about that link, but someone else obviously is.

All you've shown is that you're a "faith-based" liberal. Your faith is in the human ability to create a perfect, world. I hope you have a lot of luck with THAT delusion!

At August 17, 2005 1:44 PM, Blogger Rune said...


More and more children need extensive educational help. All in all the need for special classes has grown by 50% the last decade.

And while a part can be because of improved detection of children with mental problems, a large part is due to inbreeding.

Deafness, blindness and idiocy
"It can not be avoid that a large part comes from genetic damages resulting from cousin marriages. It can be deafness, blindness or idiocy [or whatever it’s called in English these days?]".


Children of cousin marriages are 2-3 times as likely to have genetic defects.


Most cousin marriages amongs immigrants
Cousin marriages are fully legal, but are near exclusively found amongs immigrants. Espicially Pakistani where nearly half of all marriages are between cousins. But also Turks and Lebenase are afflicted.


Saudi Arabia:
Sibling marriage damage your health
A century long Islamic tradition with people marrying within the family is creating large health problems in Saudia Arabia where the it is most widespread. As a result of these incestuous marriages Saudi children are some 20 times more likely to be hit by certain illnesses.
Neal Ashbury says the practise whit Saudi men marrying their siblings is starting to have very negative consequences for the health of the Arab people.
The people on the Arab penisulana has for centuries struggled for survival in the hostile desert and have followed a rule when it comes to marriage: keep it within the fabily.
“Many marry their siblings in arranged marriages. Earlier this was done to conserve resources and contribute to the clan’s protection. Marriage between siblings have been going on in the middle east for more than 100 generations – even before the advent of Islam.”
Ashbury says this is a very sensitive topic for the the government and the learned men of Islam. The very own daughter of Mohammed was herself married off to a sibling, Ali, a renowned Imam, as were many other members of Mohammed’s family and closest followers.
It is estimated that 60 % of all Saudi men marry a sibling or close relative, which makes it the highers rate in the world. Other Moslem countries have likewise high numbers for this: In Iraq 58%, Kuwait 55%, Jordan 50% UAE 48%.
The conservative for of Islam practised in Saudia Arabia makes any change in these patterns very difficult. It is threatening the whole genetic material of the Arab Gulf and makes each generation physical weaker than the previous.”


Fjordman, read also here for studies of Pakistani, inbreeding and genetic defects in Norway

At August 17, 2005 2:14 PM, Blogger erp said...

It's probable to suppose that a side effect of inbreeding would be reduced fertility. Perhaps nature's (God's, if you prefer) way of eliminating an aberration within its population.

This would be good news for non-Muslim European women who won't be called upon to bear more children in order to balance the breeding habits of their Islamic invaders and help keep the majority balance tilted in their favor.

At August 17, 2005 9:17 PM, Blogger Kifaya said...


At August 20, 2005 7:17 AM, Blogger TheKaffir said...

I am sure the reaction of the Arab press is that the Jews are just doing this study to support the Old Testament ban on first cousin marriages. A totally ridiculous viewpoint but since were Arabs rational people.

We were taught in high school biology about recessive genes and the problems that some of them could cause. The closer a relative a person married, the more likely it is that a recessive gene would appear in the offspring. A very simple principle. That is why hemophelia was common among the royal families in Europe.

First cousin marriages are banned by the Old Testament. I believe that most states in the U.S. ban first cousin marriages in accordance with the laws of the ancient Hebrews. And, I guess either the Hebrews had inside information, i.e., the word of God, or knew a hell of a lot more about the subject than the Arabs do today.


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