British-Israel-World Federation

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The British-Israel-World Federation
FormationJuly 3, 1919; 99 years ago (1919-07-03)
PurposePromoting and informing about British-Israelism.
HeadquartersBishop Auckland
Michael A Clark
Rt Rev Bishop Primus emeritus John D M McLean,

Rev Dr Barrie Williams MA MLitt LST PhD,

Lady Sara Allenby.

The British-Israel-World Federation, also known as the British-Israel World Federation was founded in London on 3 July 1919, although its roots can be traced back to the 19th century. At one time this organization enjoyed the patronage of members of the British establishment including HRH Princess Alice of Athlone, the Duke of Buccleuch, the Earl of Dysart, Lord Gisborough, and William Massey, the Prime Minister of New Zealand.


The British-Israel-World Federation was born as a movement in the 19th century and federated in 1919. One of its founders was Reuben H. Sawyer, a clergyman in Portland Oregon where he was involved in setting up an Anglo-Israelism group and as leader of the Oregon Ku Klux Klan. He spoke to the Federation's first conference in 1920. Sawyer's supremacist views were influential in the development of the anti-semitic Christian Identity movement out of the philo-semitic British Israelism.[1][2] From 1924, the organization maintained an office next to Buckingham Palace. In 1990, it moved to Putney on the Thames, but since 2003 has been based near Bishop Auckland in Co Durham.

British Israelism (also called Anglo-Israelism) states that people of Western Europe descent, particularly those in Great Britain, are the direct lineal descendants of the Ten Lost Tribes of Israel. The doctrine often includes the tenet that the British Royal Family is directly descended from the line of King David.[3][4]

The central tenets of British Israelism have been refuted by evidence from modern genetic, linguistic, archaeological, and philological research.[5]

International endeavors[edit]

The British-Israel-World Federation, with its headquarters in the United Kingdom, has expanded to Australia, Canada, New Zealand, South Africa and the Netherlands.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ William L. Ingram (1995). "Cod and Race: British-Israelism and Christian Identity". In Miller, Timothy. America's Alternative Religions. State University of New York Press. p. 124. ISBN 978-0791423974. Retrieved 23 April 2017.
  2. ^ David S. Katz (2001). "Israel in America". In Bernardin, Paolo; Fiering, Norman. The Jews and the Expansion of Europe to the West, 1450 to 1800. Berghahn. p. 116. ISBN 978-1571814302. Retrieved 23 April 2017.
  3. ^ "Beliefs of the Orange Street Church", a British-Israelite church
  4. ^ The British-Israel-World Federation – Beliefs
  5. ^ Harry Ostrer (2012). Legacy: A Genetic History of the Jewish People. Oxford University Press, USA. page 126. ISBN 978-0-19-970205-3.

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