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Op-ed by PLO legislator says Britain ought to be “ashamed” of the “despicable” Balfour Declaration

Headline: “Shame on Britain!”

Excerpt of an op-ed by Khaled Jamil Mismar, member of the Palestinian National Council – the legislative body of the PLO

“[Britain] is not ashamed of the despicable act that the criminal [British Foreign Secretary Arthur] Balfour committed 100 years ago, and is not trying to cover its ugly image. It is silent before the peoples of the world out of shame before these peoples for what it committed against a people that is struggling, which lived in peace on its holy land - the land of the messiah [Jesus Christ], peace be upon him, and the land of [Prophet Muhammad’s] Night Journey and Ascent to Heaven; the land of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre and Church of the Nativity, where Jesus, peace be upon him, was born; the land of the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque, whose surroundings Allah blessed, and from where He raised His honorable Prophet Muhammad, Allah’s prayer and peace be upon him, to the upper Heavens. Britain is not ashamed… but rather adds to its error and shame and wishes to celebrate – yes to celebrate, O the shame - the 100th anniversary of the ominous [Balfour] Promise (i.e., Declaration) and forgets the pain and trouble that it has brought to our people during all of these 100 years. And behold Balfour’s descendant, the criminal Theresa May – Prime Minister of Britain – calls on the criminal [Prime Minister of Israel Benjamin] Netanyahu to openly celebrate this despicable crime together with her…
Britain’s history is full of tragedies against the peoples of Asia and Africa. It exploited peoples in these lands, stole their assets, and sucked the blood of their inhabitants.”
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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.” In 1922, the League of Nations adopted this and made the British Mandate “responsible for putting into effect the declaration,” which led to the UN vote in 1947 and the establishment of the State of Israel.

B ritish Prime Minister Theresa May’s actual statement before the British House of Commons on Oct. 25, 2017, was: “We are proud of the role that we played in the creation of the State of Israel, and we will certainly mark the centenary with pride.”


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