The difficult birth of Tel Aviv

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A warship was send to Jaffa so Tel Aviv could be build..

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Building Tel Aviv was not easy. The Jews had to struggle with corrupt local Ottoman authorities, local Arabs and Bedouin who occupied the site. A solution was forced with help from the Kingdom of the Netherlands.

This tour will take you to some of the dozens of neighborhoods that were build in Jaffa before the modern neighborhood of Tel Aviv was created. You will hear about its history and see what is left of it today. Some of them, like Sarona, the Yemenite quarter and Neve Tzedek are currently very popular.

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According to TLV Municipality and Wikipedia, Tel Aviv is founded on April 11, 1909 when the founders met for the lottery in the dunes. Why do they use an event and photo from 1908? 

Though Tel Aviv was born in 1909, the story starts in the mid 19th Century, when an invention, or rather an addition to an invention created a new reality in the Holy Land. More visitors from the west and a growing  influence of the major European powers in what used to be an economic backwater in the Ottoman Empire.

Because of Russian pogroms Jews started to emigrate to Palestine in larger numbers at the end of the 19th century.  Starting agricultural settlements was not a big deal but starting a new modern city, based on western standards created problems with the Ottoman rulers. 

The Jews needed some help, and this time it was Holland, that had no business in Palestine and had never send one of its warships that came to help.

Menno  is a licensed tour guide in Israel.
During the two-year study to get his guide license, he became fascinated by the Dutch role in the creation of the Zionist Organization and the founding of Tel Aviv.

That warship was sent to protect the territory, formerly know as Kerem Jebali,  of Jacobus Kann, a Jew from The Hague. He was a very successful banker and ardent Zionist with high connections. Tel Aviv was build on land that he had purchased.

In recent years, Menno found many  documents about Kann's activities from various archives, but especially from the National Archive in The Hague .

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