Fathom Know to Theodor

Known to Theodor Herzl after all: The late 19th-century American and British bids to establish a Jewish state in Palestine

This article presents not one, but a series of new discoveries that demonstrate Theodor Herzl’s real-time awareness of the Blackstone Memorial of March 1891, that boldest expression of US Christian Zionism in the 19th century, when Chicago’s William Blackstone persuaded America’s WASP elite to petition President Benjamin Harrison to convene an international conference with the purpose of establishing a Jewish state in Palestine. It also demonstrates that Herzl knew of the Memorial’s long-forgotten British ‘spin-off’ – namely, the Lovers of Zion Petition submitted to the British Prime Minister, Lord Salisbury, in May that year, also in the aim of organising the Jewish resettlement of Eretz Israel.

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