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Archbishop of Canterbury reminds UK of its broken promise to Palestinians

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The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, called for the creation of a Palestinian state and reminded the UK of its unfulfilled promise to safeguard “the welfare of the Palestinian people and their path to independence” during its 28 year Mandate.

Writing in an article marking the centenary of the Balfour Declaration, Welby said: “as a country, we are reminded that the British government created the conditions for a profound national and political reconfiguring in the Middle East.”

Welby questioned Britain’s motive in declaring its intentions to create a “Jewish Homeland” in Palestine saying “there is less clarity of intent for the Palestinian people in the assertion that ‘nothing should be done which might prejudice the civil and religious rights of existing non-Jewish communities in Palestine’.”

“There does not appear to be a plan for the consequences of the inevitable changes in demographics in Palestine and the attendant need for homes, land and work,” explained  Welby.

The Palestinian communities were not given parity of provision for their own desire for independence, self-determination and statehood.

The head of the world’s 85 million Anglicans took a swipe at the UK; accusing Britain of failing to fulfil its “sacred trust of civilisation for both the welfare of the Palestinian people and their path to independence”.

Read: Why should Britain apologise for the Balfour Declaration?

“That aspiration for independent statehood has not been fulfilled yet,” insisted Welby, “and remains a root cause of the conflict between Israelis and Palestinians today.”

The Archbishop who visited Palestine earlier in the year to see first-hand Israel’s persecution of Christians called for “Palestinian self-determination to be realised” adding: “there is a need for significant investment of time, attention and diplomacy from the international community and especially Britain.”

Welby warned against the “despair and a collective lack of hope” in Palestine, while committing to “pray and to act for the flourishing of Palestinians and for the exercise of self-determination in the establishing of a viable and secure state.”

“There can be no more fitting way to mark the anniversary of the signing of the Balfour Declaration” concluded Welby, “than to pray for the fulfilment of what remains unfinished in aspirations for statehood, security and peace.”

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  • Pepper Wingate

    All this talk about Balfour ignores the actions of World Powers following the Declaration. The Balfour Declaration did not stand alone. It was bolstered by San Remo and the League of Nations Charter.

    It seems that the British government betrayed the Jews on numerous occasions following Balfour, culminating in the White Paper of 1939.

    The decisions of the San Remo conference confirmed the mandate allocations of the First Conference of London (February 1920). The San Remo Resolution adopted on 25 April 1920 incorporated the Balfour Declaration of 1917. It and Article 22 of the Covenant of the League of Nations were the basic documents upon which the British Mandate for Palestine was constructed. Under the Balfour Declaration, the British government had undertaken to favour the establishment of a Jewish national home in Palestine without prejudice to the civil and religious rights of existing non-Jewish communities in Palestine or the rights and political status enjoyed by Jews in any other country.

    Thus we have proof that there were existing longstanding Jewish communities in the Palestinian Mandate. Britain betrayed the Jews by severing off TransJordan. Jordan is the legitimate Palestinian Nation!

    In 1948, when Jews were expelled from the neighbouring nations surrounding Israel, it breached the provision, “without prejudice to the civil and religious rights of existing non-Jewish communities in Palestine or the rights and political status enjoyed by Jews in any other country.” Anyone who argues that the refugees from neighbouring Arab States who settled in Israel is not the problem of the “Palestinians” is clearly wrong! Their rights were clearly laid out in The San Remo Agreement. They and their progeny make up more than 50% of the Jewish population of Israel.

    Despite the lies, prevarication and vacillation of the European powers, Jews have a right to a home in Israel!


      take it Pepper Wingate is a proud Tump afficiondo

      • Pepper Wingate

        I am not an American and I can’t vote in American elections. I don’t take a stand either way.
        I am still a UK citizen and voted for Scottish separation, against Brexit and do not vote Labour.
        Tell us about your political leanings?

    • Kaminoyona

      Well said,the “palestinians” need to talk to the midget king of Jordan who’s family stole their land.

      • joanne

        Idiocy, absolutely brainless thinking

    • joanne

      Unscrupulous “lawfare” can never justify unconscionable theft, contorted lies and state-sponsored murder.

  • evsw

    A very principled stand by the the Archbishop. I wish our politicians could show the same moral leadership.

    • Kaminoyona

      An ignorent stand.

      • evsw

        Fortunately, you are in the minority.

        • Kaminoyona

          Am I?

          Maybe in your jihadi circles I am……

  • Kaminoyona

    No promise was broken the “pals” were given a state and they refused it because they did not want to live next to Jews, these savages then proceeded to try and commit genocide on every Jew in the new state of Israel.

    • Esther Sch

      Savages? Unfortunately, it’s that attitude that creates injustice and even murder.

      • Kaminoyona

        What else do you call people who refuse their own state in order to commit genocide?
        Who else would call the day they failed to commit genocide the catastrophe (Nekba)?
        Who else brainwashes their children to hate and kill Jews?

        You are right they are not savages, they are the incarnation of evil on this Earth.

        • joanne

          You are perhaps a vulnerable brainwashed youth. You still have time to do conscientious research and become humane.

    • joanne

      Your narrative is erroneous and egregious. Why proclaim your ignorance and incomprehensible cruelty?

  • evsw

    BDS is the only workable solution to ending Israel’s land-grab occupation that is now fifty-years old.