Fatah Facebook post commemorating Balfour Declaration with image of bloody hand: “No Pride in Colonialism”
Text and image posted on the official Fatah Facebook page
Posted text: "#Balfour100"
The image shows what are supposedly Palestinian refugees on the left and then British Foreign Secretary Arthur Balfour and current British Prime Minister Theresa May with a bloody handprint overlaid on their faces.
English text on image: "No Pride in Colonialism: Make It Right and Recognize Palestine"
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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 favor of partitioning Mandatory Palestine into a Jewish state and an Arab state in 1947. In response, Britain ended its mandate on May 15, 1948, and the Palestinian Jews, who accepted the Partition Plan, declared the independent State of Israel. The Palestinian Arabs rejected the plan and together with 7 Arab states attacked Israel, in what is now known as Israel's War of Independence.
British Prime Minister Theresa May’s exact quote 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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