Ethnic communities in Israel: The genetic blood markers of the Moroccan Jews

Batsheva Bonné‐Tamir*, Sarah Ashbel, Shulamit Bar‐Shani

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One hundred and ninety‐six Moroccan Jews now settled in Israel were typed for 7 blood groups, 12 red cell enzymes and 2 plasma protein systems. Their blood group picture is in agreement with results previously obtained on different samples of Moroccan Jews: rather high B in ABO, somewhat elevated frequencies of cDE and cDe in Rh and K in Kell. Differences in various blood markers exist between them and other North African Jewish communities. This fact, together with data on disease distribution and HLA frequencies, supports our assumption that Jews in the North African diaspora lived as small secluded isolates even within the same geographical zones. Comparisons with meager data on the neighboring non‐Jewish populations do not disclose any resemblance to either Arab or Berber inhabitants of Morocco.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)465-471
Number of pages7
JournalAmerican Journal of Physical Anthropology
Issue number4
StatePublished - Nov 1978


  • Blood groups
  • Genetic markers
  • Moroccan Jews


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