Between Alexandria and Palestine: Baron Felix de Menashe, Entrepreneur and Zionist

I. Amit-Cohen

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    During the second half of the 1920s and in the 1930s, wealthy investors were involved in the development of Palestine. Although they themselves did not settle in the country, they purchased land, established large plantation companies, and developed commercial, construction, and industrial undertakings in Jerusalem, Haifa, and Tel Aviv. The involvement of these investors in the economy of Palestine was described by the local press as well as by the Jewish press throughout the world. The journalists commended the entrepreneurs from Western Europe, Canada, the United States, and South Africa, but overlooked one individual - Baron Felix de Menashe, an active Zionist from Alexandria. Little is known about de Menashe's work in Palestine and his connections with Dr Chaim Weizmann, president of the World Zionist Organization. The purpose of the article is to throw light on Baron de Menashe, his contribution to the development of Palestine, and his relationship with Weizmann; to ascertain why there is no research about his entrepreneurial activities in Palestine during the Mandate period as well as on the entrepreneurial efforts of other Egyptian Jews; and to supplement a series of studies on Jewish private enterprise in Palestine, that until now has focused solely on investors from Western countries.
    Original languageHebrew
    Pages (from-to)71-98
    StatePublished - 2004

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