Britain broke its promise to the Palestinian people – on Balfour’s centenary it should make amends

Demonstrators carry Palestinian flags as they protest outside the Houses of Parliament in central London July 26, 2014. Foreign ministers from the United States, Europe and the Middle East called on Saturday for an extension of the 12-hour ceasefire between Israel and Hamas in the Gaza Strip, French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said. REUTERS/Luke MacGregor (BRITAIN - Tags: CIVIL UNREST POLITICS CONFLICT)

Jews largely see the Balfour Declaration as a defining moment leading to the creation of the state of Israel, while for Palestinians it is when their country was just promised away over their heads, violating the second part of the declaration that “nothing shall be done which may prejudice the civil and religious rights of existing non-Jewish communities in Palestine”.

Palestinians from the leaderships to the popular level rail against the British government’s attitude on the Balfour Declaration. Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has for two years demanded an historic apology from Britain. His foreign minister threatened to sue Britain in a statement at the 2016 Arab League summit. It is one issue that unites all Palestinians. Britain is fair game to blame.
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