NOTHING NEW UNDER THE SUN (ALMOST)
21st August, 1903 : Delegates to the sixth Zionist Congress in Basel, Switzerland, clashed over proposals to set up a Jewish state in Uganda. The suggestion came from the British Colonial Office who had just given approval to a commission to look into the possibility. Theodor Herzl, founder of the Zionist movement, declared that, although he considered Palestine was the best place for a Jewish state, he was prepared to consider Uganda and and certainly would not refuse the offer. But it soon became clear that many flatly refused to consider East Africa. Russian delegates from Kishinev said that they would go only to Palestine.