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Abbas’ advisor posts image of 1929 newspaper headline calling for "residents of Palestine to cancel" the Balfour Declaration

Image posted on the Facebook page of Fatah Central Committee Deputy Secretary Sabri Saidam



The image shows the front page of the paper La Palestine dated from Nov. 2, 1929.



Text: “November 2

The anniversary of the Balfour Promise (i.e., Declaration)


The Balfour Promise


A shocking injustice and exaggerated oppression

A stain of shame on the history of the 20th century


Great Britain must erase this shame that harms its interests and stains its honor


And the residents of Palestine must work to cancel it”



Sabri Saidam also serves as Fatah Revolutionary Council Deputy Secretary and is the former PA Minister of Education and Higher Education.


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.