Two recent posts,
An interview between Mr Balfour and Justice Brandeis, and The Profit of Doom: E T Richmond, Palestine 1920-24 give a glimpse into the policies Britain was developing in Palestine immediately after the war. They are summarised in Balfour’s statement “We are dealing not with the wishes of an existing community but are consciously seeking to re-constitute a new community and definitely building for a numerical majority in the future.”
A public meeting of 1,200 people at Central Hall Westminster on 31 October heard politicians from all parties call on the British Government to recognise Palestine as a sovereign state.
A video of the whole event is now available.
Britain’s broken promise: Time for a New Approach
- Extracts of speeches at the Balfour Centenary commemoration, Central Hall Westminster
- Act of acknowledgement and commitment
- Balfour Centenary Declaration
The centenary of the Balfour Declaration is the time to reconcile peace with justice for both Israelis and Palestinians, consistent with the principle Britain claims as her own: equal rights for all under the law.
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Do look at our 18 minute film and the accompanying Companion Guide with 84 pages of history expanding on the topics in the film
The Balfour Project
invites the government and people of the United Kingdom to:
• learn what the Balfour Declaration means for both Jews and Arabs
• acknowledge that whilst a homeland for the Jewish people has been achieved, the promise to protect the rights of the Palestinian people has not yet been fulfilled.
• urge the people and elected representatives of the UK to take effective action to promote justice, security and peace for both peoples.
IN November 1917 the government of Britain issued the Balfour Declaration which promised a homeland for the Jewish people in Palestine whilst also promising to protect the rights of the existing indigenous Arab population. However, in 1915 Britain had already promised the Arabs who supported them against the Ottomans, that after the war they would be granted independence in their lands, including Palestine.
Subsequent British governments upheld the promise to create a Jewish homeland but deliberately reneged on the promise to protect the rights of the Arab inhabitants.
Thus, a homeland for the Jewish people has been achieved but the League’s ‘Sacred Trust of Civilisation‘ to facilitate Palestinian independence is still to be fulfilled. Almost a hundred years ago the stage was set for a struggle to control the land that has intensified from that day to this.
The Balfour Project was created by British citizens to highlight Britain’s record in Palestine before and during its Mandate.
Message from the late Bishop John Austin Baker, former Bishop of Salisbury and Chaplain to the Speaker of the House of Commons:
“There is no peace without repentance;
There is no repentance without knowledge;
There is no knowledge without education.
The Balfour Project so truly fulfils these principles that it can only do good, where good is desperately needed and deserves all the help we can give.