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PA Parliament: Britain “established the occupation and settlement in Palestine,” must recognize its ”serious mistakes” against the Palestinians (i.e., the Balfour Declaration)

Headline: “PA Parliament: It is not possible to continue to recognize Israel without an end of the occupation”

“For the 28th anniversary of the [Palestinian] declaration of independence (see note below –Ed.), the PA Parliament (Legislative Council) emphasized that the struggle of our people continues, and it is undeterred by the violence and terror of the occupation…
The PA Parliament demanded that the UN act to implement its resolutions on Palestine, and called on the state that established the occupation and the settlement in Palestine approximately 100 years ago (refers to Britain and the Balfour Declaration –Ed.) – and that which still grants its patronage to the last occupation in the world – to stop supporting and defending [the occupation], to recognize its (i.e., Britain's) serious mistakes against our people, and to rescue [our people] from the Israeli occupation that denies all of the agreements that were signed with it. This is because it is not possible to continue to recognize Israel for free without it ending the occupation and recognizing the State of Palestine, and the peoples are always ready to sacrifice in order to restore their legal rights and to live in dignity.”

Palestinian declaration of independence - On Nov. 15, 1988, before the Palestine National Council (PNC), the Palestinian parliament in exile in Algeria, Chairman of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) Yasser Arafat declared the establishment of an independent Palestinian state with Jerusalem as its capital. Although the borders were not specified in the declaration, it recognized the UN partition plan of 1947, which called for the creation of a Jewish state and an Arab state in the former British Mandate for Palestine.

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.