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.

Muslim countries:

Turkey                                       35,025

Syria and Lebanon                    34,608

Iraq                                          124,226

Yemen and Aden                       48,375

Other Asian countries                 7,579

Tunisia, Morocco, Algeria        52,584

Libya                                         32,129

Egypt                                         17,114

Total Muslim countries:           377,251 of  889,700

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  • Thanks for the statistics.
    I'll print it out and put in a frame on my way through bedroom and kitchen.


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