Bernard Lewis on the genesis of Zionism

In 1882 some young Jews, most of them students, met in Kharkov and formed an organization called Lovers of Zion. Their aim was emigration--not to the broad lands of the West, but to a remote and largely derelict Ottoman province known in Christendom but not to its inhabitants as Palestine.

Bernard Lewis, From Babel to Dragomans, p 230, 2004.

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