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Aliyah an overview: the Jewish State of Israel Part III of IV

With the establishment of the State of Israel, the Land of Israel became independent while Aliyah, sometimes illegal, continued. 

The day before the expiration of …

… the British Mandate, David Ben-Gurion, the executive head of the World Zionist Organization and president of the Jewish Agency for Palestine, declared, "the establishment of a Jewish state in Eretz-Israel, to be known as the State of Israel". Eretz Israel was the only term referring to the boarders of the newly established state on the 14th of May 1948. The State of Israel would be independent upon the termination of the British Mandate for Palestine, the 15th of May 1948.

The Israeli government mandated the Jewish Agency for Israel to handle Aliyah of Jewish people out of the diaspora to the State of Israel. This non-profit organization held office in Jaffa since 1908 - the Land of Israel was under Ottoman control - as an operational branch of the Zionist Organization. Since 1929 it has been serving as the primary organization responsible for Jewish immigration to the Land of Israel.

The State of Israel issued the Law of Return for Jews in 1950, and extended it in 1970, which made it possible for people who are not Jewish under Rabbinical Law to immigrate to Israel. These are people of Jewish descent and non-Jewish spouses. They all would have the right to live in Israel and to gain Israeli citizenship.

Over half a million Jews made Aliyah to Israel between 1948 and 1950, although the process of naming and numbering individual Jews for the necessary official papers giving access to the Land of Israel ceased. Many Jewish people fled because of renewed persecution in Eastern Europe and hostility in Arab countries.

Author: © Mrs A. vd Laan-LeitoPosted in: History