The Zionist could have chosen another country besides Palestine - REALLY?
If you’re thinking that Zionist could have chosen another country besides Palestine, then this Blog is for you.
The rise of anti-Semitism in the late 19th century shattered dreams of peace and the pursuit of happiness for many Jewish people. The brutal pogroms in Russia and Eastern Europe forced them to immigrate to Palestine or wherever else they could find reasonable safety from persecution.
Also occurring during the 19th century, there was a wave of Jews emigrating to Palestine from Yemen, Morocco, Iraq and Turkey. Unaware of the Zionist movement (e.g., a movement to establish a national homeland in Palestine for the Jewish people) or of the sever abuse to Jews in Russia and western Europe, they were motivated by a centuries-old dream of the “Return to Zion.” Simply from hearing that the gates of Palestine were open, they braved the hardships of travel and went to the land of Israel.
Returning to Israel has profound religious roots for the Jewish people. Just as with the Muslim and Christian faith, Jerusalem is a major tenant of Judaism. The Hebrew language, the Torah, laws of the Talmud, the Jewish calendar and Jewish holidays and festivals - - all originated in Israel and revolve around its seasons and conditions. Jews pray toward Jerusalem and recite the words “Next Year in Jerusalem” at every Passover. Jewish religion, culture and history makes it clear that it is only the land of Israel that the Jewish Commonwealth can be built. Yet, the Israeli government and the Jewish people allow freedom and expression of various religious, as well as political, beliefs and practices. One has to wonder why Arab countries don’t allow such freedoms in their countries while vehemently complaining about the way they are treated in Israel.
Jewish leaders formally began organizing a Zionist political movement as far back as 1897 that called for the restoration of the Jewish national home in Palestine. There they would find sanctuary and freedom toward self-determination as well as resurgence of their civilization and culture.
Yes, Dorothy, “there’s no place like home.”
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This is Wayne Ammons, spreading the truth, and I hope you will verify it for yourself. May God bless you.