author={Aviva Halamish},
  journal={Journal of Modern Jewish Studies},
  pages={119 - 134}
  • Aviva Halamish
  • Published 17 June 2008
  • Sociology, History
  • Journal of Modern Jewish Studies
This article tackles the multifaceted question of why Israel adopted an open immigration policy in 1948 and adhered to that policy in spite of the proven difficulties it inflicted on the state. The main supposition made is that the immigration policy of the young State of Israel did not constitute a drastic change from earlier Zionist approaches and practices. It was, rather, the implementation of Zionist policy that emerged in the 1930s and heightened in the 1940s, but could not be carried out… 

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