Wednesday, September 24, 2008


A movement started in the 19th century by Theodor Herzl [1860-1904] suddenly gained the support of the international community in the aftermath of World War II. In the Holocaust, 6 million Jews were systematically murdered; an estimated 1/3 of the world's and two-thirds of Europe's Jewish population.

Some argue that the international community's motives were not entirely altruistic. Every Jew who would settle in the land that would become Israel on May 14, 1948, was one fewer Jew who would come to New York, Paris, Moscow, London.