L’émigration de France vers la Palestine (1880-1940) », par Catherine Nicault
Emigration from France to Palestine (1880-1940), by Catherine Nicault
Between 1880 and 1940, France cannot be said to be a country from which people emigrate to Palestine. Instead it appears as a country to which re-emigrants come, such as Lovers of Zion and Zionists from Eastern Europe before 1914, and much more numerous ones from central Europe in the thirties. If French Zionists do not feel really concerned with the alyah, it is not related to their low numbers, but because of their peculiar "diasporic" Zionism which enables them to combine their claiming to belong to Judaism with their pursuing a pleasant life in a country which is dear to them. As soon as tourism towards Jewish Palestine was initiated, rituals were organized such as planting trees in the memory of a dead relative, the Franch Zionists build up tangible sentimental links with the earth of Israel. Far more than the usual political publicity, these will influence the French Jewish trend of mind.