Balfour Declaration, the original sin

November 2nd coincides with the 102nd anniversary of the notorious Balfour Declaration which paved the way for the creation of the Zionist entity on the Palestinian lands.

The British conspiratorial role against the Palestinian people started with the Sykes Picot Accord which was signed in 1916 between France and Britain distributing the Arab Homeland  between the two states as if it were their inheritance. Palestine was the share of Britain which in turn offered the Balfour Declaration to the Jews of the world. On November 2, 1917, BritishForeign Secretary Arthur James Balfour wrote a letter to Britain’s most illustrious Jewish citizen, Baron Lionel Walter Rothschild, expressing the British government’s support for a Jewish homeland in Palestine. The government of Prime Minister David Lloyd George—elected in December 1916—made the decision to publicly support Zionism, a movement led in Britain by Chaim Weizmann, a Jewish chemist who had settled in Manchester. Despite Britain’s earlier agreement with France dividing influence in the region after the presumed defeat of the Ottoman Empire, Lloyd George had come to see British dominance in Palestine—a land bridge between the crucial territories of India and Egypt—as an essential post-war goal. The establishment of a Zionist state there—under British protection—would accomplish this objective.

 In the letter, Balfour said the British government viewed “with favour the establishment in Palestine of a national home for the Jewish people”, and would use its “best endeavors to facilitate the achievement of this object”. The declaration contradicted Britain’s previous promise of “complete and final liberation” for the Arabs if they rose up against their Ottoman occupiers.

The Arab and Palestinian rejection of the notorious Declaration started immediately after announcing it and continued until the present.  The ill-famed Declaration is commemorated and protested as an act of betrayal and deceit, the “original sin” that led to injustice, war and disaster for the Palestinians in the Nakba in 1948.  Thousands of Palestinians in the  besieged Gaza Strip  and other Palestinian areas took part in the 81st Friday of the Marches of Return and Breaking the Siege under the title of Down with to Balfour Declaration.

The demonstrators shouted slogans that denounced the Balfour Declaration and the conspiratorial role played by Britain against the Arab nation in general and Palestine in particular.

The participants also expressed the Palestinians' commitment to their inalienable rights to the establishment of their independent state with Jerusalem as its capital and the repatriation of the Palestinian refugees.  

The British conspiratorial role was completed by successive US administrations since 1948. However, it reached peak under the Trump administration which has granted the Israeli government many gifts including the annexation of occupied Jerusalem, moving the US embassy to it, the annexation of occupied Golan and announcing the US intention to implement the so-called Deal of the Century which aims at advocating the Israeli occupation of the Arab territories, ending resistance to the Israeli occupation and enabling Israel to invade the Arab homeland politically, economically and culturally.

K.Q.

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