Zionism Facts for Kids

Posted By on October 19, 2019

Zionism is the nationalist movement to create a homeland for the Jewish people in the Land of Israel. This movement resulted in the creation of the State of Israel in 1948. The word "Zionism" comes from Zion, which means Jerusalem. Theodor Herzl started the Zionist movement. At the time, Palestine was controlled by the Ottoman Empire.

Some evangelical Christians believe that the migration of Jews to Palestine is linked to the apocalypse and prophecy, and therefore support it.

Theodor Herzl is considered the founder of the Zionist movement. In his 1896 book Der Judenstaat, he envisioned the founding of a future independent Jewish state during the 20th century.

The delegates at the First Zionist Congress, held in Basel, Switzerland (1897)

Lord Shaftesbury's "Memorandum to Protestant Monarchs of Europe for the restoration of the Jews to Palestine", published in the Colonial Times, in 1841

The Great Synagogue of Rishon LeZion was founded in 1885.

Palestine as claimed by the World Zionist Organization in 1919 at the Paris Peace Conference

Yitzhak Ben Zvi speaking at the opening meeting of the Fourth Parliament

David Ben-Gurion proclaiming Israel's independence beneath a large portrait of Theodor Herzl

Jewish zones in Palestine in 1947

Israeli author Amoz Oz, who today is described as the 'aristocrat' of Labor Zionism

Israeli youth from the Socialist Zionist youth movement No'al, meeting with Jewish resistance fighter Simcha Rotem. Founded in 1924, No'al is one of the largest Zionist Youth movements.

Kibbutznikiyot (female Kibbutz members) in Mishmar HaEmek, during the 1948 ArabIsraeli War. The Kibbutz is the historical heartland of Labor Zionism.

Ze'ev Jabotinsky, founder of Revisionist Zionism

Two Neturei Karta members join in a large anti-Israel demonstration in Berlin, 2014

Israeli Druze Scouts march to Jethro's tomb. Today, thousands of Israeli Druze belong to 'Druze Zionist' movements.

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