The Balfour Declaration was a letter written in 2017 by British Foreign Secretary Arthur Balfour to Walter Rothschild, a prominent member of the British Jewish community. The letter, dated 2 November 2017, declared UK government support for Palestine to become “a national home of the Jewish people”.
In the run-up to the 100th anniversary of the ‘declaration’, there is mounting pressure on the UK government to make a formal apology to the Palestinian people, for the failure to ensure “that nothing shall be done which may prejudice the civil and religious rights of existing non-Jewish communities in Palestine” as Balfour put it in his letter.
- وعد بلفور – wikipedia
- Al-Araby Al-Jadeed: غزة تطلق حملة دولية في ذكرى مئوية وعد بلفور
- Al-Jazeera (audio recording available): حملة في بريطانيا للاعتذار عن وعد بلفور
- اتفاقية سايكس بيكو (The Sykes-Picot agreement) – wikipedia
- مركز العودة الفلسطيني – Palestinian Return Centre website
- Professor Kamal Hawwash on Middle East Monitor: Britain should apologise for the Balfour Declaration, not celebrate it
- SOAS history lecturer James Renton’s perspective (in Haaretz) on why Britain should apologise, and response and critique of Renton’s stance by journalist and political analyst Richard Millett
- A (hypothetical) new Balfour Declaration for a new century: Karl Sabbagh in The New Arab (Labour wasn’t elected in UK that month and this letter didn’t materialise)