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I do not think that this is true. Only Judeans are Jews. The Levites and the Judeans nowadays are called Jews, but the Levites are not Jews. Cohens are Levites. Levites are not Judeans. The others are the ten lost tribes. They were not really lost. We have Al Lawi, meaning Levite in Lebanon.Most Israelites are Jews, or came to be called so following Babylonian captivity. No theft occurring.
The Babylonians captured all the elite and administration from Judah and Israel and left behind those that worked the land.
In the Bible we have the house of Judah and the House of Israel. These are not the same people.
Judah separated from Israel. The Samaritans while Israelites, they are not Jews.