The Basel Program

The First Zionist Congress


The aim of Zionism is to create for the Jewish people a home in Palestine secured by public law.

The Congress contemplates the following means to the attainment of this end:

  1. The promotion, on suitable lines, of the colonization of Palestine by Jewish agricultural and industrial workers.
  2. The organization and binding together of the whole Jewry by means of appropriate institutions, local and international in accordance with the laws of each country.
  3. The strengthening and fostering of Jewish national sentiment and consciousness.
  4. Preparatory steps toward obtaining government consent, where necessary, to the attainment of the aim of Zionism.



Translator unknown.



First Zionist Congress, “Basle Program,” trans. and reprinted in The Jewish Chronicle, Sept. 3, 1897.

Published in: The Posen Library of Jewish Culture and Civilization, vol. 7.

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