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Palestine, Britain & the Balfour Declaration 100 years on

MEMO will be live blogging from 09:30am BST, on Saturday 7th October
Palestine, Britain & the Balfour Declaration 100 years on
Palestine, Britain & the Balfour Declaration 100 years on

Middle East Monitor is marking 100 years since the signing of the Balfour Declaration in a day-long conference with notable academics, journalists and political activists.

The event, which is split into three panel discussions, will cover how the Balfour Declaration came to existence, Britain’s role in the Zionist project and continued oppression of Palestinians and the occupation’s violations. The guest panels will discuss the impact the ever increasing illegal settlements are having on the conflict and how the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement is helping to tackle them.

The live blog will begin from 9.30am BST on from Saturday 7th October 2017


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  • Ray Reyna

    It is great to discuss the tragedy that the Belfour Declaration brought upon the Arab world, specifically on the Palestinians, but more needs to be done. World organizations of a truly democratic nature, need to apply financial and political pressure on those countries that support Israel with financial and military hardware, especially on the United States. The occupation of Palestine won’t end until the nations of the world hit hard on Israel with economic sanctions and isolate her all fronts from the world community. This is not anti-Semitism, this is the same thing done to South Africa to end Apartheid. This is justice for the Palestinian people .

    • peepsqueek

      How many Islamic Countries are you boycotting today for institutional apartheid, sectarian apartheid, religious apartheid, gender apartheid, totalitarian governments, etc. You are singling out Israel in a sea of Islamic Countries with abysmal human rights records.

      • Ray Reyna

        Any country regardless of its religious and political affiliation that totally disregards the civil and human rights of others, should and must be pressured by the international community with economy sanctions until that country stops the horrific treatment of its people or of its neighbors. Not saying or doing anything against a country that systematically abuses a people, makes us complicit with their actions, even more so, if we are Christians.

        • peepsqueek

          No one criticizes American leadership more than Americans, and no one criticizes Israeli leadership more than Israelis. No Country is free of injustice. Again, if we are talking about the Middle East and North Africa, Israel should be on the bottom of the list of systematic injustices, religious apartheid, gender apartheid, and human rights abuses.

          • Adel Younis

            When one gets trapped they shelter to mixing things. We talk about a land occupied by Europeans, same as the french occupied Alegria and alleged theirs with a foam of try-to-understand the talk, also same as the Italians alleged Libya theirs and the examples as long as my arm-length. Time will solve this chronic uncured wound, things turn, sooner or later the palestinians who abused and land, nation-stolen would get power and kick out their european colonialists, They abide their time. and no honest country would recognize such an existence. we are not talking about adventuring imperialist hegemony-seeking powers such as the USA and the Uk. They are pathetic in their political behaviors.

          • peepsqueek

            Libya and Algeria were not Arab nor did they speak Arabic. As for Italy and Libya, Tripolitania (Tripoli, Libya) was built by the Romans 146 BC to 670 AD. The Latin name Libya at the time referred to the continent of Africa in general. The Romans brought civilization. Tripoli is Tripolitania. For more than 400 years, Tripolitania and Cyrenaica were wealthy Roman provinces and part of a cosmopolitan state whose citizens shared a common language, legal system, and Roman identity. Next came the Muslim invaders.

            Alexandria Egypt was founded around 331 BC by Alexander the Great. It became an important centre of the Hellenistic civilization and remained the capital of Hellenistic and Roman & Byzantine Egypt for almost one thousand years until the Muslim invasion of Egypt in AD 641.

            Coptic News: 
”Since Christianity came to Egypt in 57 A.D., we, the Christians of Egypt, have not had conflict with the Jewish people. Copts have been a marginal population held in captivity for sixteen centuries. We constitute the largest non-Arab, non-Moslem minority in the Middle East. The Church of Alexandria, is one of the oldest organizations in the Middle East. Despite this distinguished history, it is a church that has been under siege since the Islamic invasion.”

            Assyrian International News Agency (AINA):
”Keep in mind that these Christian minorities, the Assyrians, Armenians, Copts, are actually the original inhabitants of these areas with roots going back thousands of years before Christianity. What we’re seeing is a systematic attempt to cleanse the Middle East of its original inhabitants, this is a continuation of the genocide that took place in Ottoman Turkey in 1915.”

            Kurd Net Daily Online News: 
”For years the 30 million Kurds spread across those territories have been the world’s largest ethnic group without an independent homeland. Only the Kurds in Iraq, who displaced Iraqi forces in the 1990s when a U.S. and British no-fly zone was in place against Saddam Hussein, have managed to carved out an area of real autonomy.”