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Lyn Julius
Jews in Israel Before Zionism: The Old Yishuv

Thursday 23.05.2024


Following their dispersion by the Romans, Jews have lived continuously in Eretz Israel. Under Ottoman rule, the Old Yishuv was established by mostly Arabic or Ladino-speaking religious Jews. Lyn Julius discusses how during this time, well before the modern Zionist movement and the First Aliyah, Yemenite Jews moved to Israel and wealthy North African Jews invested in urban development.

Lyn Julius

Lyn Julius was born in the UK and educated at the French Lycée in London and the University of Sussex. The daughter of Jewish refugees from Iraq, she is a journalist and founder of Harif, the UK Association of Jews from the Middle East and North Africa ( Lyn blogs daily at Point of No Return ( Her work has appeared in the Guardian, Huffington Post, Jewish News, and Jerusalem Post. She has a regular column in the Times of Israel and JNS News. Her book Uprooted: How 3,000 Years of Jewish Civilization in the Arab World Vanished Overnight came out in 2018 and has been published in Norwegian and Portuguese. An Arabic translation is in progress.