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Official PA TV: Balfour “wanted to get rid of the Jews”

Official PA TV program From the Diaspora, on the 105th anniversary of the Balfour Declaration – see note below

 

Palestinian studies researcher Saqr Abu Fakhr: “[Former British Foreign Secretary Arthur] Balfour was hostile to the Jews. He was the foreign secretary at the time and prior to that he was prime minister. He was from the movement that was hostile to the Jews, but he wanted to resolve the problem, he wanted to get rid of the Jews who came from Europe. It is known that he is the one who formulated the Aliens Act [1905] that prevented the Jews from entering Britain, and he viewed the Jews as an element that cannot integrate, and he says in his books that the Jews are a group that cannot integrate in other groups.”

 

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.