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Anu banu artzah livnot ulhilbanotbah-We have come to the land to build and be rebuilt in it This quote reflects many of Theodore Herzls beliefs and hopes for the Jewish people and Israel as a state for the Jewish people to call their own There is no other place in the world where the Jews share both an emotional and historical connection with the land Theodore Herzl was the father of Zionism he became a Zionist during the Dreyfus Affair founded the World Zionist Organization WZO and is to be thanked for the ideas he placed in the minds of thousands of people worldwide Even after his death his concepts continued to influence the lives of many Herzl was an unusual and loyal man with a charisatic appeal His struggle to create a political organization that would push the Zionist choice and unite all its supporters was extremely successful By 1897 the first Zionest Congress was held in Basel Switzerland and delegates from every majoy Jewish community in the world met there It was in Basel that the WZO was founded and that Zionism was given an institution to foster its ideology It was the Dreyfus Affair in 1894 that made Herzl realize that he was a Zionist The case consisted of the false arrest of a Jew Dreyfus in France It was a defence of the Enlightenment provoked anti-Semetic reactions and a sour reminder to Jews all over that the anti-Semetic problem had not been taken care of it only submerged Herzl was a newspaper correspondant covering the case until it was decided to hold them in private In a quote Herzl told that he would never be able to forget the horror that he witnessed in the trials The accused entered the hall in the artllery uniform And the furious roar of the crowds gathered in the street before Ecole Militaire still rings unforgettably in my ears Mort mort les juifs Death to
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