"The First Zionist Congress in 1897 decided that the fee for membership in the World Zionist Organization would be known as the Shekel, after the Jewish coin used at the time of the revolt against Roman rule. The value of the Zionist Shekel was one franc. The Shekel was the certificate of eligibility to vote at Zionist Congresses. Buying the Shekel was a way of proclaiming, "I am a Zionist." (1947)"
Source: Images of A State In the Making
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