“Early Zionist Settlement: First Aliyah” looks at the first wave of Zionist immigrants, who began arriving in 1882. The young idealists who made up this immigration, or aliyah, wanted to pave the way for a national rebirth.
As Zeev Dubnow, a member of Bilu, the very first group of Zionist immigrants, wrote:
“The ultimate aim is to build up this land of Israel and restore to the Jews the political independence that has been taken from them for the past two thousand years.”
Early settlers in the 1890's
Grapes growing where once swampland
Wailing (Western Wall) - 1897
Early settlers - making aliyah - immigration to Israel 1897-1905