Richard Brothers (1757-1824), John Wilson (1799-1870), Edward Hine (1825-1891) and J. H. Allen (1847-1930) all taught this long before HWA. Original British Israelism, although completly inaccurate, was not noticeably racist, unlike other forms of it which have arisen in recent times. It was this gentler British Israelism which HWA adopted and fostered upon his followers.
Let us now see what Jeffrey R. Ambrose's article Racism--Is There a Solution?, has to say about "British Israelism":
“British Israelism”The truth is HWA stole what Ambrose calls "the biblical truth regarding the modern descendants of the “Lost Ten Tribes” of Israel" from British Israelism. The COGs' understanding of this doctrine is based on HWA's spin of this doctrine.
British Israelism is a corruption of the biblical truth regarding the modern descendants of the “Lost Ten Tribes” of Israel. So-called British Israelists often equate the now-antiquated British Empire with the kingdom of God. This is at odds with Scripture, which clearly states that Jesus Christ will establish this kingdom (government) at His Return, still in the future. (See II Timothy 4:1.)
It is true that the Jewish inhabitants of the modern state of Israel on the eastern edge of the Mediterranean, as well as the Jewish Diaspora around the world, do not represent all of the 12 tribes of ancient Israel. They are primarily descended from Judah, one of the 12 tribes.Europeans are not descended from Israelites. It is not true regardless of whatever Koch is alleged to have said. I am also disappointed to see that this quote of Koch's is not properly referenced. Where precisely did he say this?
Ed Koch, the Jewish mayor of New York City from 1978 to 1989, was quoted in U.S. News and World Report as saying, “The 10 Lost Tribes of Israel we [Jews] believe ended up in Ireland.” In fact, the British Isles are among a number of places to which these tribes migrated.
But many British Israelists exclude the Jews altogether, portraying them as scheming impostors. They also apply the “master race” idea to Anglo-Saxons—conveniently, since most of them are of this background. In its worst forms, it closely resembles neo-Nazi white supremacist thinking.Here the article discredits British Israelism by linking it with its virulently racist manifestations. That will cause RCG followers to be incurious in regards to this movement. Then they will never discover how similar old pre-HWA British Israelism (J. H. Allen, etc.) is to what is taught by RCG. Ambrose is referring to various truly vile racist ideologies, such as so called 'Christian Identity', which also use the idea of British Israelism, but he simply labels it all as British Israelism. This helps to hide the truth about the origins of British Israelism. HWA did not get it by just studying the Bible.
British Israelism is a particularly dangerous and repugnant form of racism because it claims to be justified by the Bible. This causes some people to accept its validity without close scrutiny and pushes others to recoil from the Bible under the false assumption that the idea is found within its pages.
Those racist ideologies, by the way, are very dangerous and scary. Although when most people hear it most of us, quite rightly, think it is crazy, but some people still fall for it as may be seen in the link provided here.