Les Juifs de France en Israël : entre tourisme et empathie (1948-1982), par Ariel Danan
Jews from France in Israel: between tourism and empathy. (1948-1982), by Ariel Danan
Between 1948 and 1982 Israel becomes a favourite holiday destination for the Jews from France. As El-Al advertising announces, the country offers the best tourist conditions. The Jews are also strongly attracted by the marks of the presence of Jews in Israel - archaeology and utmost Jerusalem. Concerning the city the Six-Day war was a turning-point: since they are allowed to visit the Old City they prefer to stay in Jerusalem, and moreover the sojourn is easier to organize and less expensive. Going back home with a feeling of admiration for the beauties of the country and the Israeli achievements, they express a stronger empathy with the Hebrew state. The package tours (including religious pilgrimages) are not very successful, French tourists prefer unprepared stays together with meetings with their families. On the contrary, numerous youths travel with groups, in order to get familiar with the Israeli everyday life, for instance spending a few weeks in a kibbutz.