World Zionist Organization and/or the Jewish Agency for Israel - The World Zionist Organization is an umbrella organization for the Zionist movement aimed at the creation and maintenance of a Jewish state in Palestine. It was formed in 1897 by Theodor Herzl as the Zionist Organization (renamed "World Zionist Organization " in 1960) and has held the Zionist congress every two years since.
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The fist Zionist congress convened by Herzl in 1897 is often seen as the founding of the Zionist movement. Herzl had articulated his desire for the creation of a Jewish state in his 1896 book "Der Judenstat" and the congress, held in Basle, aimed to express this institutionally.
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