Hawzah News Agency - Speaking exclusively to Yeni Şafak daily from a hospital where he’s currently receiving treatment, Dr. Fatih Ali Hasaneyn Mohammad Sharif accused the Fur tribe of inciting Sudanese people to riot in compliance with orders sent from Tel Aviv.
Sharif noted that the reasons behind the protests are “not political, but for economic reasons.”
Sharif, who is a close friend of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and served as a consultant for the late Bosnian leader Aliya Izzet Begovic, said the Furs are thought by some in Israel to be the lost 13th Jewish tribe.
The 12 tribes of Israel were descended from the 12 sons of the patriarch Jacob, according to the Hebrew bible.
During his latest visit to Sudan, President Erdoğan met Sharif in his home where they shared a meal together.
A man known as “Abdulwahid,” is in charge of running the Fur tribe’s office in Israel, according to Sharif.
Members of the Fur tribe speak and worship in their own tongue, refusing to recite Muslim prayers or the Quran in Arabic.
It is thought that for specifically this reason, the tribe has enjoyed massive support from Israel.
Intermittent protests have rocked Sudan since anger over food shortages and rising bread prices erupted into demonstrations in the city of Atbara in the north on Dec. 19.
Last week, President Omar al-Bashir -- in power since 1989 -- pledged to carry out economic reforms amid ongoing calls by the opposition to protest.
A nation of 40 million, Sudan has struggled to recover from the loss of three quarters of its oil output -- its main source of foreign currency -- when South Sudan seceded in 2011.