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Palestinians abroad mark 100 years since Balfour Declaration

September 22, 2017 at 12:45 pm

People come together to protest the Israeli violations against Palestinian people on 10 June 2017 [Sarah Wilkinson‏/Twitter]

The Popular Conference of Palestinians Abroad and the Palestinians in Europe Conference have launched a campaign to mark the centennial of the notorious Balfour Declaration that paved the way for the creation of Israel.

The campaign aims to stress the Palestinian right of return and freedom and raise awareness of the declaration’s historic, political and legal consequences on the Palestinian people.

The campaign also aims to support demands to cancel the Zionist movement’s annual celebrations of the declaration in Britain as well as demands for the UK to apologise to the Palestinians.

The campaign has launched a website advocating for the Palestinian cause, where activists can share details of activities which are being held to mark the centenary. The hashtag Balfour Declaration was a catastrophe has also been setup.

UK: Balfour Declaration was a catastrophe

The Balfour Declaration refers to the letter sent by UK Foreign Minister, Sir Arthur James Balfour, on 2 November 1917 to Lord Lionel Walter de Rothschild, referring to the British government’s support for the establishment of a Jewish homeland in Palestine.

There are nearly six million Palestinians around the world; the majority are refugees living in Jordan, Lebanon, Syria and Egypt, while hundreds of thousands live in Europe, the United States and other countries.