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PA depicts a world without Israel
Denying Israel’s right to exist
Balfour Declaration was a “double crime ‎against humanity" that “promised the ‎Jews a land that was not theirs”‎
Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida - Nov. 2, 2014
 






Op-ed by Muwaffaq Matar, regular ‎columnist for the official PA daily:‎
     ‎“It may be no exaggeration to say that ‎Great Britain created the justifications for ‎the growth of the religious terror ‎organizations we are witnessing today, ‎the moment it decided to establish a ‎religious state (a state for the Jews) ‎‎[parenthesis in source] in the heart of the ‎Arab homeland. For it was clear that ‎groups, parties and movements would ‎arise under religious slogans to fight the ‎Jewish state that had arisen in the region. ‎
It is unsurprising that the extremist ‎religious groups, movements, and ‎organizations in the region today emerged ‎from the Muslim Brotherhood, which was ‎formed only a decade after the Balfour ‎Promise (i.e., Declaration) and the arrival ‎of the first Jewish pioneer settlers from ‎Europe to Palestine… It may be that ‎British Parliament’s symbolic vote in favor ‎of recognizing the State of Palestine was ‎a moral awakening, even if [it came] about ‎‎100 years after Great Britain’s crime, ‎which promised the Jews of the world a ‎land that was not theirs. All the same, we ‎believe the Palestinian people will not ‎forgive the ‘empire in which the sun never ‎sets’, on the day it chose to steal [our] land ‎and give it to foreigners who do not know ‎it or have no connection to it… ‎
The English – people of culture, science, ‎literature and political thought – know well ‎that Judaism is a religious faith and that it ‎was never a nation. Balfour – who wanted ‎to get rid of the impoverished English and ‎European Jews in a preemptive move, to ‎prevent them from joining the ‘Bolshevik ‎Revolution,’ in agreement with the great ‎Jewish capitalists in Europe – saw in them ‎an opportunity to establish an outpost in ‎the buffer zone between the Asian and ‎African parts of the Arab homeland. This ‎was after the smell of oil had begun rising ‎from the Arab peninsula, and the Ottoman ‎empire had begun to splinter and crack...‎
We can say that the British politicians of ‎the period committed a double crime ‎against humanity. The first and biggest ‎‎[crime] was having caused the Palestinian ‎people’s Nakba (i.e., ‘the catastrophe,’ ‎Palestinian term for the establishment of ‎the State of Israel) and the attempt to tear it ‎from its roots which date back to the dawn ‎of history… The other, parallel crime was ‎against political and humanistic thought, ‎when it took part in the reestablishment of ‎religious states.”‎

Note: The Balfour Declaration of Nov. 2, 1917 ‎was a letter from British Foreign Secretary ‎Arthur Balfour to Baron Rothschild stating that ‎‎“His Majesty's government view with favour ‎the establishment in Palestine of a national ‎home for the Jewish people” and is seen as ‎the basis for later international commitments to ‎establish the State of Israel.‎

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