Israel In East Africa

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Documentary recalling British government's offer to the World Zionist Organisation in 1903, which consisted of a large area of what is now Kenya as a homeland for persecuted Jews. The offer was a serious one, and it was taken seriously by the Zionist leader Theodor Herzl. But it split his movement in two, with many branding Herzl a traitor for considering somewhere other than Palestine. And the prospect of a Jewish colony in their midst inspired the few British settlers in East Africa to anti-Semitic fury. The ultimate rejection of the offer in 1905 led to the creation of a breakaway Jewish movement that believed Arab-occupied Palestine to be too difficult for mass Jewish colonisation and set about exploring possible homelands in Libya, Angola and Australia.

20030630

Documentary recalling British government's offer to the World Zionist Organisation in 1903, which consisted of a large area of what is now Kenya as a homeland for persecuted Jews. The offer was a serious one, and it was taken seriously by the Zionist leader Theodor Herzl. But it split his movement in two, with many branding Herzl a traitor for considering somewhere other than Palestine. And the prospect of a Jewish colony in their midst inspired the few British settlers in East Africa to anti-Semitic fury. The ultimate rejection of the offer in 1905 led to the creation of a breakaway Jewish movement that believed Arab-occupied Palestine to be too difficult for mass Jewish colonisation and set about exploring possible homelands in Libya, Angola and Australia.