Thursday, April 25, 2013
Most pre-1952 immigrants were from Muslim lands
Refugees from Arab and Muslim lands comprised the majority of immigrants into Israel between 1948 and 1952, according to the English-language blog of the Israel State Archive:
Bear in mind that in May 1948 when Israel became independent, there were some 600,000 Jews in the country. By the time the battles subsided, towards the end of that year, 110,000 immigrants had arrived, 6,000 Jews had been killed in the war, and the stabilizing borders contained 100,000 Arabs or perhaps a bit more. 800-850,000 people all in all.
By the end of 1952, 738,891 immigrants had arrived (this includes the 110,000 who arrived in the second half of 1948). Of course, the immigration didn't end in December 1952, but that's beyond the scope of our file.
Syria and Lebanon 34,608
Yemen and Aden 48,375
Other Asian countries 7,579
Tunisia, Morocco, Algeria 52,584
Total Muslim countries: 377,251 of 889,700
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