What a railway line stretching from Israel to Uganda could mean for the African continent

Project Title: Africa Israel – Railway Line as a Response to Neo-colonialism

Location: Juba, Sudan and Be’er Sheva, Israel

Author: Matan Gal

Beer Sheva, Israel External Illustration – Africa Israel, Matan Gal

With the end of World War II and the dissolution of the colonial occupation, there was a transitional period in which the empires withdrew from the African continent, and gradually the African countries gained independence. In the same historical narrative, the Israeli Independence declaration (47′) created a common ideological denominator with the African nations, with both countries rooted in democracy, socialism, labor and the spirit of nationalism.

The frequent upheavals that plagued African countries, including rule exchanges, invasion of capitalist mechanisms in a new trend of neocolonialism, and the rise of radical Islam – have directly affected the nature of their relations with Israel, with relations often being replaced by suspicion and hostility. Despite the crisis of the African-Israeli relations and complete diplomatic detachment, trade relations between Israel and many African countries continued to exist, particularly in the field of infrastructure.

The 90’s brought a political stability, allowing a renewed positive connection between Israel and African countries. Since then, the Israeli presence at the ‘Black Continent’, which is present in face of crony-capitalism, is a source of controversy over the extent of the Israeli intervention and influence onto the African continent.

This project proposes a railway line stretching from Israel to Uganda based on the Nile River.

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