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PA daily columnist calls the Balfour ‎Declaration “the great sin”‎

Op-ed by Yahya Rabah, columnist for the ‎official PA daily and a member of the ‎Fatah Leadership Committee in Gaza:
‎“The decision of the British House of ‎Commons to vote in favor of Palestine at ‎the UN Security Council and in favor of ‎recognizing the State of Palestine ‎according to the June 4 [1967] borders, ‎with East Jerusalem as its capital, as a full ‎UN member state, is a very important ‎decision, even though it is not binding ‎upon the British government. This ‎decision has deep meaning. [It signifies] ‎that although one hundred years have ‎passed since the great sin known as the ‎Balfour Promise (i.e., Declaration), and ‎despite the injustice done to the ‎Palestinian people and the generalizing ‎and flawed Israeli Zionist claim that the ‎Islamic State issue has left no room for ‎Palestine (i.e., on the international ‎agenda and discourse), the Palestinian ‎issue still occupies the first place. It ‎occupies the first place not only from a ‎moral standpoint, but also from a political ‎one: The crime will neither die nor benefit ‎‎[its perpetrators], and its perpetrators will ‎be punished. The crime will not be ‎forgotten, and its perpetrators must atone ‎for it. Israel, the bastard offspring of an ‎international conspiracy, will not escape ‎its responsibility no matter how hard it tries ‎‎– for when it looks back, it will discover it ‎has not come far, and is still within the ‎reach of historical judgment.”‎

Note:‎ 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 view with ‎favour the establishment in Palestine of a ‎national home for the Jewish people” and ‎is seen as the basis for later international ‎commitments to establish the State of ‎Israel.‎