Controversy over Jewish Ante-Chamber in Kenya: British Settlers’ Reaction to the Proposed Jewish Settlement Project in Kenya, 1902-1905

This article examines the British colonial government’s idea to establish a homeland in the Kenya Highlands for Jews who had become victims of pogroms in Russia, Eastern and Central Europe, and parts of Western Europe. The idea was taken up in 1902 but the project failed to materialize for several reasons. In the first place, the European community in Kenya, particularly the British settlers, as well as its church leaders, were bitterly opposed to the project. Secondly, Zionist groups in Europe attacked the project as being divisive and a dangerous diversion from their main objective, a Jewish restoration in Palestine. The members of the Jewish expedition that had been sent to Kenya in 1903 to examine the land being offered reported that the district was unsuitable for the settlement of Jewish fugitives. The rejection of the offer by the Zionists themselves put an early end to the project. Notes, ref., sum.

Title: Controversy over Jewish Ante-Chamber in Kenya: British Settlers’ Reaction to the Proposed Jewish Settlement Project in Kenya, 1902-1905
Author: Wa-Githumo, Mwangi
Year: 1993
Periodical: Transafrican Journal of History
Volume: 22
Pages: 87-99
Language: English
Notes: biblio. refs.
Geographic terms: Kenya
East Africa
External link: https://www.jstor.org/stable/24328638
Abstract: This article examines the British colonial government’s idea to establish a homeland in the Kenya Highlands for Jews who had become victims of pogroms in Russia, Eastern and Central Europe, and parts of Western Europe. The idea was taken up in 1902 but the project failed to materialize for several reasons. In the first place, the European community in Kenya, particularly the British settlers, as well as its church leaders, were bitterly opposed to the project. Secondly, Zionist groups in Europe attacked the project as being divisive and a dangerous diversion from their main objective, a Jewish restoration in Palestine. The members of the Jewish expedition that had been sent to Kenya in 1903 to examine the land being offered reported that the district was unsuitable for the settlement of Jewish fugitives. The rejection of the offer by the Zionists themselves put an early end to the project. Notes, ref., sum.