Israel In East Africa



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.