1887- The First Zionist Congress- Basle, Switzerland
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First ZIONIST CONGRESS In 1897, Herzl organized the first Zionist Congress, held in Basel, Switzerland. This Congress marked the founding of the World Zionist Organization.
In 1897, the first Zionist Congress was held in Basel, Switzerland. Delegates came from all over the Jewish world. In the course of this gathering, the World Zionist Organization was founded. A resolution was passed that became known as the Basel Program; it outlined the goal of Zionism. This goal was described as the establishment in Palestine of a "home for the Jewish people secured by law". Their goal came to fruition 50 years later, with the founding of the modern State of Israel.