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British Israelism is a belief that people of the Northern Europe are Gods Chosen. This belief has been around for hundreds of years and has an offshoot, belief called Christian Identity.

The first person who speak on British Israelism who anything substantial is written about is Richard Brothers (1). Richard Brothers ( 1757-1824 ) was born at Placentia, Newfoundland, on December 25. His Father Served as a gunner in the Seven Years' War. Richard Brothers went to England to Navel school in Woolwich. He went to sea as a mid shipman and took part in the "Victory of the Saints" against the French in the West Indies in 1782. He retired at half pay 6 months after making lieutenant in 1783. From 1783 to 1786 traveled Europe. He married Elizabeth Hassall in 1786 and settled at Bristol. Soon after he found she had been unfaithful and they separated(2).

In 1784 Richard Brothers, who was also called "Prince of the Hebrews" came into contact with what was called by outsiders the "Avignon Society," but is was called by it's members the "New Israel.". This Soceity was described as a "crazy blend of Catholicism, Swedenborgianism and occultism,". It's political goal was to make count Tadeusz Grabianka first King of Poland and eventually ruler of the world (3 ). Richard Brothers believed his "family was separated from the Jews" in 294 C.E.. (4).

Richard Brothers was arrested on March 4 1795 on a warrant from the Duke of Portland. The charge was high treason. A few months earlier Brothers prophesized that on November 19 1795 he would be revealed as prince of the true Hebrews and ruler of the world. So George III should be prepared to hand over his crown. He was found guilty of treason and eventually place in a asylum(5).

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Christian Identity, British Israelism, Richard Brothers, Gods Chosen, Hebrews, arrested, John Wilson, Israel