Why Did Zionism Begin?

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Zionism began as a way to safeguard Jewish people and their interests. It was also a way to secure land for expelled and discarded Jews. While some Jews oppose the concept of Zionism, most also feel it is necessary to protect all Jewry from anti-Jewish pogroms and establishments. Zionism is also considered a form of radicalism and racism by many opponents.
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The Zionism movement began because the Israelis (also called Jews) were scattered in most parts of the world (especially in Europe and Americas) and they needed a state of their own. This propelled Jewish leaders, one of which was Ahad Ha'am, to gather their fellow Jews and return to their ancestral land - the current Israel.
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