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Balfour Declaration was “a declaration of war against Palestine" in an attempt to "expel its people,” says Official PA daily

Excerpt of an editorial by the official PA daily


Headline: “It is not a promise”


“[The Balfour Declaration] was not a promise, but rather a declaration of waragainst Palestine for the benefit of the Zionist movement, so that it would control [Palestine], expel its people, and establish a national home for a religion, which is the religion of members of different nations from all corners of the earth (sic., genetic research has proven Jews share a common origin in Israel). This is based on a narrative packed with falsifications, empty claims, and racist descriptions!

Let us stop calling it a ‘promise,’ because this word has a moral overtone – something that did not exist at all in [former British Foreign Secretary Arthur] Balfour’s declaration, which unjustly gave a land of which he had no ownership to those who have no right to ownership over it!

One hundred and four years have passed since this declaration, which created nothing but a military state that turned the Middle East into an area of bloody wars and conflicts, a state that is not even attempting to be like the rest of the world’s states with recognized borders, sincere commitments, and respect for the international community’s laws and legitimate resolutions!”



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.