The Shaping Of Palestine Political And Religious Circumstances During The 20th Century

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The Shaping of Palestine Political and religious circumstances during the early twentieth century paved the way for the Zionist movement which had profound effects on the shaping of Palestine. Europeans, Palestinians, and even Americans affected the Zionist movement. Europeans reinvigorated the Zionist movement through continuous poor treatment of the Jews. Politically, Europeans supported Zionism due to their dislike of the Jews. They supported the Jews leaving. This had the opposite effect the Palestinians. They saw the Jews as essentially illegal immigrants who didn’t belong in Palestine. Americans originally viewed Zionism as a good thing due to the religious idea of restorationism. However, after World War II, politics played more of a role due to the arrival of guilt to the people over what happened during the Holocaust. Europeans essentially kick started the Zionist movement through unjust treatment towards Jews. The Dreyfus Affair in particular made the Jews realize that they weren’t welcome in Europe. In response to this travesty, Theodore Herzl organized the First World Zionist Congress which gave the movement direction. Jews all over Europe started leaving to go to Palestine. Politically, Europeans were highly in favor of the movement. Not only did Europeans not like the Jewish people, but they were also a generally poor populace. The more Jews that left, the easier it was for the Europeans governments to deal with the minority. (Cohen, Week 10…

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