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Palestinian campaign to force UK to cancel Balfour celebrations

A digital campaign to mark 100 years since the Balfour Declaration was issued by Lord Arthur Balfour, former UK Prime Minister

The Popular Conference for Palestinians Abroad (PCPA) and a number of Palestinian groups are gearing up for a coordinated digital campaign set to take place on Wednesday evening to mark 100 years since the Balfour Declaration was issued by Lord Arthur Balfour, promising the Jews a national home in Palestine.

Using the hashtag #Balfour100, social media users will be calling on the UK government to apologise for the Balfour Declaration and the British colonisation of Palestine and demanding the cancellation of one of the largest Zionist celebrations of the Declaration, set to take place on 7 November at the Royal Albert Hall in London.

The social media activity is part of a broader campaign launched by PCPA two months ago entitled “Balfour: A Colonial Project” and will run until 20 November with the aim of raising awareness about the historic, political and legal meaning of the Balfour Declaration and reiterating Britain’s historical and political responsibility for the Declaration and its repercussions on Palestine.

PCPA’s digital action is one of a series of campaigns launched by Palestinians abroad this year to highlight the impact of the Balfour Declaration on Palestine and its residents.

The UK-based Palestinian Return Centre (PRC) today announced the release of a short film “100 Balfour Road”, produced as part of PRC’s Balfour Apology Campaign, in remembrance of the suffering and displacement of thousands of Palestinians as a result of the Balfour Declaration.

Read: Palestine, Britain & the Balfour Declaration 100 years on

The 12-minute film portrays a happy family in the suburbs of London enjoying an afternoon around the kitchen table, when a knock is heard at the front door. A government official wants the family’s help to assist a homeless family, but ends up kicking the family out and giving away their home. It is now available to watch on YouTube and PRC’s media platforms.

Earlier this year, PRC launched a petition which calls on the British government to apologise for the Balfour Declaration and to lead peace efforts in Palestine. It gained 10,000 signatures. In response, the British government refused to apologise for the Declaration while affirming it was “proud” of its role in the creation of the State of Israel.

The Balfour Declaration is an historic statement for which [Her Majesty’s Government] HMG does not intend to apologise. We are proud of our role in creating the State of Israel. The task now is to encourage moves towards peace.

This was later followed by the UK government body in charge of transport in the British capital, London, banning adverts which highlight Palestinians’ objections to the Balfour Declaration.

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  • Meifumado

    You are not the victims,you are bloodthirsty savages who turned down their own state in order to commit genocide and steal the Jews land.

    The land is not yours nor was it ever.

    • Blake

      Blood thirsty savages? It was european settler colonisers who went to Palestine not vice versa. By the sounds of things you are a blood thirsty savage yourself.

  • RamboDave

    The Balfour Declaration was not made to gather more support for the war effort in November 1917. Rather, it was made as a reward to Jewish Zionists for having successfully brought America into the war on Britain and France’s side a few months earlier, in a pre-negotiated deal. It was a big payoff to the Zionists for what they accomplished..

    Here is the story of how Zionists Jews got America into WWI in 1917.

    Benjamin Freedman was part of the Jewish delegation that was at the table during the Paris peace conference in 1919. He made this audio recording in 1961.(see the link below)

    He explains how British and German Zionists Jews had made a deal with the British in late 1916, that if
    they could bring the US into WWI to save Britain and France from likely defeat at that time, they would later be rewarded with a declaration granting a Jewish homeland in Palestine. After the Zionists accomplished this feat, the British kept their promise. The Declaration came out on November 2nd 1917.

    The complete speech is also on several YouTube channels. The system won’t allow me to paste in the YouTube connection. Therefore, go to YouTube, and type Benjamin Freedman. This is just an excerpt below:

    “The Zionists in Germany, who represented the Zionists from Eastern Europe, went to the British War Cabinet and — I am going
    to be brief because it’s a long story, but I have all the documents to prove any statement that I make — they said: “Look here. You can yet win this war. You don’t have to give up. You don’t have to accept the negotiated peace offered to you now by Germany. You can win this war if the United States will come in as your ally.”

    How did they do it? It didn’t have much to do with the sinking of the Lusitania, which is the common
    belief. The Zionists used Supreme Court Justice Brandeis, President Wilson’s best friend, as well as a massive propaganda campaign from their Jewish controlled press, to get the US into the war.

    The Germans only found out about this Balfour Declaration at the 1919 Paris conference.
    This is what led them (Adolph Hitler) to turn on the Jews, who up until that time had the good life in Germany.

    Needless to say, WWI would have ended in early 2017. The Holocaust would not have happened had
    this betrayal by the Jews not occurred. Hitler never would have come to power. The 80 million people killed in WWII would not have happened. A peace deal with justice for everyone would have occurred in 2016 or 2017, with no need for another war.

    The Jews brought all of this misery down on themselves (and everyone else too).

  • charliematerne

    Are Jordan, Iraq, Syria and Lebanon also “colonial projects”?