The newspaper “Hespress” drew attention to what it described in a leaked secret document, which revealed a plan by the founder of the Zionist movement, Theodor Herzl, aimed at declaring Morocco a “state of the Jews.”
Hespress indicated in this regard that the aforementioned document brought “the historical relations between Jews and Morocco back to the fore after the resumption of official contacts between Rabat and Tel Aviv,” noting that this idea appeared before “the idea of migrating the world’s Jews to Palestine was centered.”
The newspaper “Yediot Aharonot” reported in this regard, noting that Herzl “promoted a secret and mysterious document of the (Morocco Plan), lesser known than the (Uganda Plan), which stipulated the settlement of Russian Jews in Wadi Al-Hussan, southwest of Morocco.”
It has been reported that the study of the “Uganda plan” for settling Jews in East Africa is taking place “inside Israeli schools as part of the lessons of history, but not much is known about the alternative Herzl plan, what was called the” Morocco Plan “to settle Russian Jews in Morocco, a proposal raised in its ambiguous message. Which he wrote in the year 1903. “
And this novel says that “Joseph Chamberlain, the British Colonial Secretary, made, in April 1903, a proposal to Herzl to settle Jews in British East Africa, specifically Kenya. The proposal was known in the Zionist speech as the (Uganda Plan), but Herzl rejected the proposal categorically on the grounds that it was (Only for the land of Israel the Jews long for) “.
The Hebrew press reported that Herzl subsequently considered “the presentation of another site for the Jewish state, which is the Horse Valley region in southwestern Morocco, on July 20, 1903, a month before the conference, but Herzl’s sudden death, on July 3, 1904, led To either archive the plan or freeze it. “
In a statement to the Yedioth Ahronoth newspaper, Yaakov Hajwil, head of the World Zionist Organization, said: “There was a very large concentration of Jews there – whether in Morocco itself or in North Africa in general. It must be understood that Herzl was a very pragmatic man. He saw a problem with persecuted Jews suffering riots mainly in Eastern Europe – and on the other hand, he saw that Morocco had a thriving Jewish community with active Jewish centers.
Professor Youssef Shitret, from the Department of Hebrew at the University of Haifa, stated that “the Moroccan option was first presented by two brothers who were well-known activists in the Zionist movement at the time, Baruch and Jacob Moshe Toledano, who are two sons of parents who immigrated from Morocco.”
This professor narrated that “Baruch spoke in his name and in the name of his brother with Herzl a few months before his death, then directed his appeal to the French Rabbi Fidel of Fez, who is close to the monarchy and the Moroccan government, to establish an independent region for the Jews in the Horse Valley.”
This researcher who works at Haifa University pointed out that “the French rabbi, who was well versed in the country’s internal politics, knew that this was a fake plan that did not take into account the internal situation of Morocco, and put it in a drawer. Later, his grandson was found in Israel, who bears his name.” , On the document and revealed it for the first time. “