A note on Somalia [Archives:2006/955/Letters to the Editor]

June 15 2006

By: Muqtar Mohamed Usuf
Leeds, U.K.

In regard to an outrageous letter (“About so called Somaliland”), I was disturbed by the ridiculous remarks attributed to the most noble of Somali speaking ethnic groups, the Isaaq, as Jewish by the writer. Unfortunately, this remark has been left unchallenged by you and your readership.

In fact, the Isaaq is an ethnic group that predominates in the northern part of Somalia, formerly known as the British Somaliland Protectorate. Although their history is an ancient as other Semitic peoples, the Isaaq's contact with Judaism is similar to that of other ethnic groups in the region: a passing phenomenon.