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PA PM in statement on Balfour Declaration centenary: Britain must apologize for its “historical mistake,” Palestinians have a right to defend themselves “through all the means”

Headline: “Hamdallah renewed his demand that Britain correct its historical mistake against our people”
     “[PA] Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah today, Thursday [Nov. 2, 2017], renewed his demand that the government of Britain ‘do some soul searching, bear the responsibility for the historical mistake that Britain committed against our people, and correct it – instead of celebrating it – by apologizing, recognizing the Palestinian state, supporting its establishment, and compensating the Palestinian people for the damage that was caused to it as a result of this humanitarian disaster.’
In a press statement on the 100th anniversary of the ominous Balfour Promise (i.e., Declaration), Hamdallah emphasized that ‘It is the right of our people to defend itself through all of the means ‎(i.e., term used by Palestinians, which also refers to the use of violence and terror)‎ anchored in the international conventions, and it has a right to freedom, independence, and the establishment of its fully sovereign independent Palestinian state within the 1967 borders, whose capital is Jerusalem.’”
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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.

The terms "all means”, "all means of resistance," “all forms,” are ‎used by PA leaders to include using all types of violence, including deadly terror ‎against Israeli civilians such as stabbings and shootings, as well as throwing rocks and Molotov Cocktails.

PA leaders and officials have legitimized Palestinian violence by quoting UN resolution 3236 which "recognizes the right of the Palestinian people to regain its rights by all means." The PA interprets "all means" as including violence against civilians, but has chosen to ignore the continuation of the resolution which states that the use of "all means" should be "in accordance with the purposes and principles of the Charter of the United Nations..." The UN Charter prohibits targeting civilians, even in war. Chapter 1, Article 1, opens by saying that "international disputes" should be resolved "by peaceful means."

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