Zionism without God could have stranded the Jews in Uganda

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.

It might be wonderful in Uganda. But it is not the godgiven Jewish Homeland
It might be wonderful in Uganda. But it is not the godgiven Jewish Homeland

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.

The Bible says that the Jews shall return to the mountains of Zion, not to the jungle in Uganda.
The Bible says that the Jews shall return to the mountains of Zion, not to the jungle in Uganda.

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.

1948. David Ben-Gurion tells the World that the Jewish people are back home in the land of their forefathers.
1948. David Ben-Gurion tells the World that the Jewish people are back home in the land of their forefathers.

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

My comment:

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

14 thoughts on “Zionism without God could have stranded the Jews in Uganda

  1. your article would be exellent if you didnt descirbe Uganda as a jungle… from what you wrote i gather you never been to Uganda how do you start describing it as a jungle… you are mis informing people..

    1. Dear Mrtn.

      Thanks for your rebuke. You are correct. I have not been to Uganda. But I have been to the border with Uganda in Kenya. I was in a national park, with lot of wild animals and tropical forest. Anyhow, I agree with you, and will correct the word jungle to Africa.

      1. Dear Mrth.

        I tried to correct this line, but there was an error in the blog. I just want to say, that I was trying to write that the Jewish homeland might have ended up in central Africa. I am sorry for the use of jungle, which was basically a bad choice of word. But sometimes we use such words. Like «ended up in cold Norway», even if there is a hot summer there. We also have the word «urban jungle», that we sometimes use for a city like New York. I hope you can forgive me.

  2. In addition to the previous rebuke…The photo is also misleading. It appears to say “jungle” without writing it! There are urban areas in Uganda as well…What you’re doing is comparable to showing photos of Crocodile Dundee next to an article on Austrailia..purely stereotypical!..Further Is this article an attempt at to make light of the prospect of Jews living in Uganda? There are Jews in Uganda that are same skin color of the men in the photo above.

    1. Dear Mr. Hawk.

      Shalom. Here, I do disagree with you. This is on of the most popular tourist pictures from Uganda, displaying dancing and joy. I guess, what ever picture I had chosen, there would be someone who would disagree and claimed I was trying to make a stereotype.

    1. Dear Arise.

      Shalom, and welcome to this site.

      God of the Bible knows my entry and my exit point on Earth. Jesus loves a sinner like you. He died on the cross to save wreck like us.

      People who believe in the Messiah are pilgrims on Earth. We are alien and strangers in this wicked World, who awaits His return. Either we live or die, we belongs to him.

  3. You’d probably do well not to call people the children of Satan. Jesus paid taxes and such so as not to offend. God of the bible may say he will gather his people to Israel but didnt say how many; if there were only 6 or 7 of them left that would fulfill his word too. Ever read that story in the bible where Israel was down to 1 clan who fought on the sabbath day?

    1. Dear Ed.


      Should we sometimes call people “children of the devil”?

      Well, is they are, and we do not tell them, we simply do not expose them to the painful truth.

      Jesus told some Jews this plain truth:

      John 8:44
      You belong to your father, the devil, and you want to carry out your father’s desire. He was a murderer from the beginning, not holding to the truth, for there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies.

      If you do follow the debate on this site, you will see we have guests who rightfully claim to have Satan as their God and father. They are honest.

  4. The Jews would only know the power of God by living in their own land, since God took the Jews out of the heathen nations. Ezekiel 36:23-24 Again in Ezekiel 38:23 God states he will magnify himself and will be known in the eyes of many nations and they shall know he is Lord after Ezekiel 38:5 Iran/Persia and her allies are defeated. (It was not in God’s will that the Hebrews settle in Africa.)

  5. Hi, I am a Ugandan living in Uganda.
    I like your article, it is very informative.
    If the Jews had come to live with us, I bet I would have some Jewish friends, they would not suffer as they do now under the hands of their uncouth neighbors. The Jews later on came to Uganda to buy and ferry soil from here to provide some fertility to the sands of the barren area they live in, If they had settled here with us, they would be landlords. Any way, one would reason otherwise. My point is living in Uganda is not as bad as you make it to be. Pay me a visit and I will take you around.Shalom my brother.

  6. By the way, the images of Uganda that you have posted are of the deep villages of Uganda, on second look, I think they are very beautiful, I should go on tour of our country side myself.

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