Abbas demands Britain apologize for “ominous Balfour Promise” which facilitated “the most terrible crime”
Official PA TV broadcast of Abbas’ speech to the UN General Assembly on Sept. 22, 2016 One hundred years have passed since the ominous Balfour Promise (i.e., Declaration), according to which the British, Great Britain, unjustly gave the land of Palestine to another people. Thus they laid the foundation for the Nakba of the Palestinian people and the loss of its land and its expulsion. They were not satisfied with this. Rather the British Mandate translated the promise into actions and policies that facilitated the most terrible crime against a people that lived in security on its land, did not attack anyone, and did not participate in any war against anyone. Therefore, we call upon Britain, on the 100th anniversary of this ominous promise and ominous deal, to draw the conclusions and learn a lesson and accept the historical, legal, political, material, and moral responsibility for the consequences of this promise, including an apology to the Palestinian people for the tragedies and the oppression that have afflicted it, and the correction of this historic tragedy and the dealing with its consequences, at the very least by recognizing of the Palestinian state. This is what is required of Britain after what it did to the Palestinian people.