Theodor Herzl voted in 1903 for a Jewish homeland in Uganda. Since God of Israel did not agree, the Uganda proposal did not become the majority view among Jewish Zionists.
At the Sixth Zionist Congress at Basel on August 26, 1903, Herzl proposed the British Uganda Program as a temporary refuge for Jews in Russia in immediate danger. By a vote of 295-178 it was decided to send an expedition (“investigatory commission”) to examine the territory proposed.
Few people know about the debate in the early days of the modern day Zionist movement. Its founding father Theodor Herzl was so desperate for a Jewish homeland, that he could have opted for almost anything. The reason behind his desperation was growing anti-semitism in Europa, and his fear for a European genocide against the Jewish people.
Theodor Herzl sought support from the great powers for the creation of a Jewish homeland. He turned to Great Britain, and met with Joseph Chamberlain, the British colonial secretary and others. The British agreed, in principle, to Jewish settlement in East Africa «on conditions which will enable members to observe their national customs».
While Herzl made it clear that this program would not affect the ultimate aim of Zionism, a Jewish entity in the Land of Israel, the proposal aroused a storm at the Congress and nearly led to a split in the Zionist movement.
The Jewish Territorialist Organization (ITO) was formed as a result of the unification of various groups who had supported Herzl’s Uganda proposals during the period 1903-1905.
The Uganda Program was finally rejected by the Zionist movement at the Seventh Zionist Congress in 1905, but Nahum Syrkin and Israel Zangwill called an alternative conference to continue the plan of the Uganda scheme.
After the rejection of the Uganda scheme on the grounds of impracticability by the British, Zangwill turned his attention to settlement in Canada and Australia. But opposition from local residents led him to abandon the scheme. Expeditions were sent to Mesopotamia (Iraq), Cyrenaica (Libya) and Angola but little came of these expeditions.
A project that had some concrete success was the Galveston scheme which contemplated the settlement of Jews in the American Southwest, in particular in Texas.
The project received the assistance of Jacob Schiff, the American Jewish banker, and some 9,300 Jews arrived in that area between 1907-1914, through the Emigration Bureau of the Territorialist organization.
With the publication of the Balfour Declaration, the ITO faced a severe crisis since many of its members came to the conclusion that Eretz-Israel was not so utopian after all. The organization’s failure was due to its inability to secure a definite project, and its lack of sensitivity toward the historic and traditional sentiments of Jewish identity.
Source: Jewish Virtual Library
All who believe that Zionism is a man made ideology, behold. If this was true, the Jewish people would have ended up with a «homeland» in central Africa.
But the Word of God would be fulfilled, either the secular Zionists would agree ti or not. The Bible speaks about a homecoming to the Middle East, into the land of their forefathers.
If Zionism is just a political game, the Jewish state of Israel can cease to exist by a majority vote, under pressure by the International community. But since God of Israel is the founder of Zionism, no « majority vote» can change his plan.
The children of the devil did their best to deny the Jewish people their homecoming to Israel after the Basel conference in 1903. Today, the same children work together to make he Word of God null and void in regards to the Jewish state. They shall almost succeed. But only almost. Because their have not put into the account the return of the Son of David, the King Messiah, Jesus of Nazareth who is the guardian of the state of Israel. Amen.
First publsihed: July 3rd 2009
Written by Ivar