Preparing the Way for the Jewish National Home, 1923-1929


Founding of the Hebrew University, 1925

Founding of the Hebrew University, 1925

Although the difficulties of developing the country often times seemed overwhelming, by the end of the 1920s, the Jewish population in Palestine had grown to 160,000. Not only was the land being cultivated more effectively and efficiently, urban areas and industry was also growing. The city of Tel Aviv developed next to the port of Jaffa, and everyone was benefiting from the high-quality medical care available and the scientific control of malaria.

The Zionist Labor movement can be credited with much of the positive growth for the Jewish community in Palestine, but they were by no means the only contributors. Ideas and hard work came from diverse groups, many with different approaches to the goal of Zionism. Many settlers immigrated for purposes of adventure, something new. Others came looking for freedom from oppression. Some were following the religious idea for Jews to live in the Holy Land. Others sought to take part in a Jewish renascence of culture and thought. And the Zionist Organization took on much of the administrative organizing, including immigration, colonization, and keeping interest in the country’s development and financial needs.

Excerpted from Albright, et al, Palestine- A Study of Jewish, Arab and British Policies, Vol. I, 1947, Yale University Press, p. 329-330.


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