Definition: Zionism
The international movement for the establishment of a Jewish nation in Palestine, and later for the State of Israel itself.

The Holocaust and its aftermath left millions of refugees, including many Jews who had lost most or all of their family members and posessions, and often faced persistent anti-Semitism in their home countries. The need to find a homeland for the Jewish refugees led to many of them fervently joining the Zionist movement.

Many Zionists, pointing to the fact that Jewish refugees from Germany and Nazi-occupied lands had been turned away by other countries, argued that if a Jewish state had existed at the time, the Holocaust could not have occurred on the scale it did.

The sudden rapid growth of Zionism and the post-Holocaust displacement resulted in the emigration of a great many Jews to what became the modern State of Israel soon after.


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Title Zionism
Last UpdatedJanuary 28, 2021
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MLA Citation “Zionism.” ReligionFacts.com. 28 Jan. 2021. Web. Accessed 24 Jan. 2022. <religionfacts.com/zionism>