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The Balfour Declaration and terrorism

A picture dated before 1937 during the British Mandate in Palestine shows Arabs demonstrating in the Old City of Jerusalem against the Jewish immigration to Palestine. Jamal al-Husayni, Chairman of the Palestinian Arab Party and member of the influential Husayni family, can be seen (C, with a fez, his head a little bent) in the middle of the crowd. The Arab Revolt which lasted from 1936 to 1939 was an uprising against the British authority of Palestinians opposed to the growing immigration of European Jews and to the establishment in Palestine of a National home for the Jewish people as stated in the Balfour Declaration of 1917. On November 29, 1947, the United Nations' General Assembly voted resolution 181 on the partition of Palestine in two states, one Jewish and one Arab. Jerusalem was to remain under international control. The State of Israel was proclamed on 14 May 1948 by the Jewish National Council and was recognized by the United States and the Soviet Union 15 and 17 May the same year. Arab States of Lebanon, Syria, Jordan, Egypt and Iraq crossed the borders from north, east and south with their regular armies 15 May 1948. Agreements signed in 1949 between Israel and the Arab States ended the 1948 Arab-Israeli War, and established the armistice lines between Israel and the West Bank, also known as the Green Line, until the 1967 Six-Day War. / AFP PHOTO / FRANCE PRESSE VOIR / - (Photo credit should read -/AFP via Getty Images)
A picture dated before 1937 during the British Mandate in Palestine shows Arabs demonstrating in the Old City of Jerusalem against the European Jewish immigration to Palestine [-/AFP via Getty Images]

The ominous Balfour Declaration marked the beginning of terrorism in the region, when it gave what it did not own to the Jews to establish their state on land that is not theirs. They took advantage of Arab weakness and fragmentation at the time and the British influence in the region.

Since 1917, the year that Britain announced this ill-fated declaration, it became a painful reality for the Arab homeland and the Palestinian people, whose land was unjustly taken from them. It was forcibly granted to the Jewish people, who the West was seeking to get rid of and keep them away from their countries because they, the Jews, were a source of anxiety and inconvenience to the Europeans.

Since then and until now, the region has not enjoyed the security and stability that the Israeli occupation created and established for, because of the killing, displacement and expulsion that it practiced against the defenceless Palestinian people in a systematic and racist manner to expel the Palestinian people and eliminate them from their land. The number of forcibly displaced Palestinians exceeded 7 million refugees, distributed in all parts of the world, most of who are in Jordan, the country that embraced them and provided them with care and attention.

READ: Palestinians protest against the Balfour Declaration in Jerusalem

It has been 104 years since the Declaration, but we still remember the worst Israeli actions and massacres, including the Balad al-Shaykh massacre in 1947, Deir Yassin in 1948, the village of Abu Shusha in 1948, Al-Tantora in 1948, Qibya in 1953, Qalqilya in 1956, Kafr Qasem in 1956 and Khan Yunis in 1956.

There are also the massacres it committed not too long ago against Gaza and its people. Does this not go beyond the definition of terrorism? The world has failed to find an explanation or a name for these massacres.

Although the world believes that Israel is an occupying state that seized the land of others with the support of Britain, followed by American and European support, Israel has not, even for a moment, stopped its racism and violence against the Palestinian people. Israel has committed all inhumane acts against the Palestinians, including killing, expulsion and displacement and inflicting destruction and devastation on everything on the land. Not even the trees and stones were spared from destruction. It commits terrorism in its worst forms.

This declaration is a painful memory for the Arab and Muslim nations and everyone who loves peace, after the occupation state crossed all the lines and violated all international charters. It rejected all Arab initiatives for peace and the establishment of the two states, while intensifying its settlement activity and confiscation of the land, in pursuit of the state's Jewishness, with the aim of obliterating the reality that it is an occupying force living on the land of others by force.

Despite this, the American support and care continued after the US moved its embassy to Jerusalem during the presidency of former US President, Donald Trump. This was a new blow and an increased injustice, and it is in violation of all UN resolutions or any endeavour to achieve peace. Instead, it deepens the state of terrorism that the entire world is suffering from, which Israel bears responsibility for—and those who stand with it.

Therefore, the world will not enjoy peace and stability without a just and comprehensive solution to the Palestinian issue, and without the Palestinian people obtaining their full rights by establishing their independent State, with Jerusalem as its capital and affirming their right to return and compensation.

READ: Balfour Declaration that gifted Palestinian land to Zionists

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