British Uganda Programme

Plan in the early 1900s to give a portion of British East Africa to the Jewish people as a homeland

The British Uganda Programme was a plan to give a piece of East Africa, owned by the British, to Jewish people to live in. The plan was made to help the Jews in Russia to find somewhere to live after the pogroms.[1]

The offer was first made by British Colonial Secretary Joseph Chamberlain to Theodor Herzl's Zionist group in 1903. He said he would give them 5,000km of the Mau Plateau, Kenya.

The idea was brought up during Zionist Congress at its sixth meeting in 1903 in Basel. Many people disagreed with it. In the end the motion passed by 295 to 177 votes.

ProblemsEdit

The plateau's high elevation gave it a low temperature, which was good for the European people. However, it was filled with lions and other dangerous animals.[original research?] This problem made the Zionists politely refuse the offer for the land.

ReferencesEdit

  1. "Theodor Herzl's biography at Jewish Virtual Library". Archived from the original on 2010-01-18. Retrieved 2008-08-27.CS1 maint: bot: original URL status unknown (link)

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