Balfour Declaration. Letter to Lord Rothschild from Arthur Balfour, British Foreign Secretary (2 November 1917)
“His Majesty’s Government view with favour the establishment in Palestine of a national home for the Jewish people, and will use their best endeavours to facilitate the achievement of this object, it being clearly understood that nothing shall be done which may prejudice the civil and political rights of existing non- Jewish communities in Palestine & the rights and political status of Jews in other countries”.
The 1917 Balfour Declaration was a first step towards the creation of a sanctuary for a persecuted people, the Jews.
It was also the start of a process which has rendered Palestinians stateless, living under occupation in their own land, in refugee camps, or scattered throughout the world.
Two gatherings in London mark the Centenary. They demonstrate conflicting responses to the historic event.
‘Britain’s Broken Promise’ 31 October – organised by the Balfour Project who state:-
”An evening acknowledging Britain’s broken promise made in the Balfour Declaration; acknowledging Britain’s responsibilities in the Middle East. An opportunity to commit ourselves to support Palestine and Israel in building a peaceful future based on equal rights for all.” (Westminster Central Hall)
‘Partners in the Great Enterprise’ 7 November – organised by Balfour 100, a Christian organisation celebrating the Centenary who state :-
”During the evening Christian leaders will help us remember, reconnect, recognise & rededicate to show our love and support for Israel & the Jewish people.” (Royal Albert Hall)
The Story (above), Take Two play and The Just Walk to Jerusalem ( Tales in Archives) open our minds to injustice in present day Palestine.
LATEST UPDATE FROM JUSTIN BUTCHER – ‘‘WE’RE HERE” !! THEY’VE COMPLETED THEIR PILGRIMAGE AND ARRIVED IN PALESTINE – READ HERE
ALSO – Video of their meeting at the Jordan border – HERE