Arab organizations continues campaign against Balfour Declaration aimed at forcing Britain to apologize and compensate imaginary Palestinians for the 1917 declaration, in which Britain pledged to establish a national home for the Jewish people.
The Nov. 2, 1917 Balfour Declaration was sent by British Foreign Secretary Arthur Balfour to Jewish leader Walter Rothschild, to be delivered to the Zionist Federation of Great Britain and Ireland. It read:
“His Majesty’s government view with favor the establishment in Palestine of a national home for the Jewish people, and will use their best endeavors to facilitate the achievement of this object, it being clearly understood that nothing shall be done which may prejudice the civil and religious rights of existing non-Jewish communities in Palestine, or the rights and political status enjoyed by Jews in any other country.”
Palestine was not the name of an Arab state, but the ancient name given by the Roman Empire to the area south of Syria reaching from the Mediterranean to the Arabian Sea.
PM Netanyahu will travel to London at the beginning of November to take part in events marking the 100th anniversary of the Balfour Declaration.
PM May has steadfastly rejected Arab demands that Britain apologize for the Balfour Declaration, saying last month the declaration was “one of the most important letters in history.”