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Palestinians prepare for year-long campaign against the Balfour Declaration, demand apology from Britain

“The embassy of the State of Palestine in the United Kingdom held a meeting to consult and prepare for the series of activities that will take place throughout the 100th year since the Balfour Promise (i.e., Declaration). More than 22 representatives of different associations that support the Palestinian cause in Britain were present at the meeting.
Ambassador Manuel Hassassian opened the meeting with a speech, in which he mentioned the tragedy that befell our Palestinian people as a result of this discriminatory [Balfour] promise, of which [only] the part that benefits the Israelis was implemented, while the part connected to the Palestinian people was not implemented. He emphasized that the fact that the British government is not participating in marking the 100th anniversary of this promise is just proof of its support of all [the crimes] that Israel perpetrates against the Palestinian people. He demanded to pressure the British government again so that it would take a firm stand regarding the settlements and the blockade and recognize the State of Palestine, as a minimum apology for the Balfour Promise.”

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 views 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.