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Mira Katxzburg-Yungman

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9781874774839

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: February 2021

DOI: 10.3828/liverpool/9781874774839.001.0001

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A Young State with Many Needs

A Young State with Many Needs

(p.174) Chapter Nine A Young State with Many Needs

Mira Katzburg-Yungman

Liverpool University Press

This chapter takes a look at post-war immigration to Israel. When the State of Israel declared its independence in 1948, it opened its gates to unlimited Jewish immigration. From the Zionist perspective this marked an important achievement, for which the Yishuv had fought since the 1930s, and particularly in 1946–1948: offering a life in Palestine to any Jew who wanted to come. Israel, which had a population of 650,000 when it was established, absorbed more than as many Jews again in its first three years and eight months (from May 1948 until the end of 1951): some 687,000 immigrants, flocking to Israel from around seventy countries. No one had predicted how vast this wave of immigration would be. Absorption of the newcomers was a central aspect of Israel's existence after the War of Independence; it was a focus of attention for the entire Jewish population as well as the country's leadership, and required tremendous financial resources.

Keywords:   Israel, post-war immigration, Jewish immigrants, Jewish population, War of Independence, Zionism, Palestine, Israeli government

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