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PA foreign minister: The Balfour ‎Declaration was a “historic injustice”‎

‎“PA Foreign Minister Riad Al-Maliki ‎welcomed the decision of the British ‎House of Commons to recognize the State ‎of Palestine, despite its being [merely] a ‎symbolic decision, describing it as a ‎‎‘historic event’ and a ‘correction of the ‎injustice’ inflicted by the Balfour Promise ‎‎(i.e., Declaration). In his statement, Al-‎Maliki called [the decision] ‘a correction of ‎the historic injustice which denied the ‎rights of the Palestinian people by ‎considering Palestine ‘a country without a ‎people for a people without a country’ – ‎alluding to the promise made by British ‎Foreign Minister Arthur Balfour from 1917, ‎in which he committed [himself] to ‘the ‎establishment in Palestine of a national ‎home for the Jewish people.’” ‎

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.‎

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