Towards an emerging distinction between state and people: Return migration programs, diaspora management and agentic migrants

Dani Kranz

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Abstract

While Jewish immigration to the State of Israel is a key component of Zionist ideology, emigration has been discouraged and vilified. Yet, Israeli Jewish citizens have been leaving throughout. This paper chronicles the approaches of the State of Israel towards its citizen diaspora, which shifted from rejection to the realisation of Israelis abroad as a fait accompli, and a resource for the state. At the same time, it depicts the self-organisation of Israeli citizens abroad, and their on-going ties to the State of Israel, even if they are highly critical of it. To elaborate on this dialectic, the paper zooms in on Israeli citizens in Germany. In consequence, I argue that the secularised notion of the 'love for the Jewish people' (ahavat yisrael) can be extended to ahava be'ad ha'medinat yisrael (love for the State of Israel) in the present to conceptualise the on-going relationship of Israeli citizens abroad to Israel, and its implementation by the state.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)91-101
Number of pages11
JournalMigration Letters
Volume17
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2020

Keywords

  • Ahavat yisrael
  • Diaspora management
  • Germany
  • Israel
  • Return migration

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Demography
  • Geography, Planning and Development

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