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Kids hold poster condemning the Balfour Declaration as the “theft of a homeland,” with map erasing Israel


Image posted on the official Fatah Facebook page

The image shows Palestinian children holding a poster featuring the PA map of “Palestine” that presents all of Israel as “Palestine” together with the PA areas. To the left a picture of Baron Rothschild is shown, and to the right is a picture of former British Foreign Secretary Arthur Balfour. In the bottom left of the poster appears the logo of the 100th anniversary of the Balfour Declaration: A white circular logo with a keffiyeh (Arab headdress) pattern on it. Inside the circle appears the number “100” with the PA map of “Palestine” in place of the “1.” A red dot appears on the map with the label “Jerusalem” in English and Arabic. The numbers “00” have an image of what appear to be Palestinian refugees imposed on them. Above and below the number “100” in English and Arabic respectively is the hashtag “#Balfour100,” indicating the 100th anniversary of the Balfour Declaration.

Text on poster: “The Balfour Promise (i.e., Declaration), the theft of a homeland”

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.

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