PA depicts a world without Israel
The Palestinian Authority makes no attempt to educate its people towards peace and coexistence with Israel. On the contrary, from every possible platform it repeatedly rejects Israel's right to exist, presents the conflict as a religious battle for Islam, depicts the establishment of Israel as an act of imperialism, and perpetuates a picture of the Middle East, both verbally and visually, in which Israel does not exist at all. Israel's destruction is said to be both inevitable and a Palestinian obligation.

The following description of Israel's founding in a Palestinian schoolbook represents the dominant dogma about Israel:

"Palestine’s war ended with a catastrophe that is unprecedented in history, when the Zionist gangs stole Palestine … and established the so-called State of Israel."
[Arabic Language, Analysis, Literature and Criticism, grade 12, p. 104]
 
This official PA map of "Palestine” was broadcast on PA TV in September 2011. The map includes both the PA areas and all of Israel (excluding the Golan Heights) wrapped in the Palestinian flag - a symbol of Palestinian sovereignty over the whole area - and has a key through it, symbolizing ownership. Similar maps presenting all of Israel as "Palestine" appear in Palestinian schoolbooks and are shown regularly on PA TV.
Denying Israel's right to exist
The Palestinian Authority adamantly rejects Israel’s right to exist and rewrites history to deny the 3,000-year-old connection of Jews to the Land Israel. [See "Rewriting History" section.] The essential message of the PA to its people is that Jews have no historical connection to the land, and that the State of Israel was created by the colonial powers for two reasons: to rid their countries of Jews, and to establish a colonial bridgehead in order to control the region. One particularly horrific expression of this ideology appeared in the official PA daily as far back as 1998:

“The difference between Hitler and [British Foreign Minister] Balfour was simple: the former [Hitler] did not have colonies to send the Jews to, so he destroyed them, whereas Balfour ...[turned] Palestine into his colony and sent the Jews. Balfour is Hitler with colonies, while Hitler is Balfour without colonies. They both wanted to get rid of the Jews...Zionism was crucial to the defense of the West, [by] ridding Europe of the burden of the Jews.”
[Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Dec. 6, 1998]
 
This video of Palestinian Ambassador to Lebanon, Abbas Zaki, shows how this distortion continues to be expressed:
 
"We must understand why Israel was established … [The Europeans] wanted to get rid of the Jews. … At that same time, energy [oil] was discovered in the Arab region … Then, they solved the [Jewish] problem by exporting [the Jews] to Israel [and at same time] they imposed their hegemony on the region’s natural resources. The [purpose of the] State of Israel is not for the Jews but it is an ongoing [colonial] project, an outpost for Imperialism.” 
[PA TV, May 14, 2008]
Palestinians burn Israeli flag, celebrate fires raging in "the Palestinian territories that were occupied in ’48" 
Source: Donia Al-Watan (independent Palestinian news agency), Nov. 25, 2016
Headline: “In pictures: The fires in the occupied territories are spreading to the bleachers in Gaza”
     “The Palestinian public responded to the fires raging (i.e., a wave of Palestinian arson attacks in November 2016) in the Palestinian territories that were occupied in ’48 (i.e., Israel), which have become the topic of the day in the international, Arab, and local media outlets, with the burning of the flag of the [Israeli] entity state during games of the League in the Gaza Strip.
During the meet of Khidmat Rafah with its counterpart Khidmat Khan Younis that was held today, Friday afternoon [Nov. 25, 2016], at the municipal grass field of Rafah in the center of the Rafah district in the Gaza Strip, [the spectators] burned the flag of the Israeli entity and chanted calls against the occupation state, in addition to sounding calls to prayer on the field before the beginning of the game in response to the occupation’s decision to ban [the sounding of] the prayer calls (the “Muezzin Law,” see note below –Ed.) in Jerusalem."


The picture shows a Palestinian spectator burning an Israeli flag in the bleachers at a game in Rafah in the Gaza Strip.

On Nov. 13, 2016, a bill to ban religious institutions from broadcasting over loudspeakers was approved for a preliminary reading in the Israeli Parliament. The bill is intended to prevent noise pollution. This bill is referred to by many as the "Muezzin Law," although it does not refer to any specific religion.
For a list of other countries that have already approved or attempted legislation for regulating the use of loudspeakers in mosques in order to limit noise pollution, click "full article."

PA non-recognition terminology: "The 1948 territories" 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Nov. 17, 2016
Headline: “A worker from Ramallah was injured with burns within the 1948 territories”
     “A worker from the Ramallah district was injured with burns over his entire body two nights ago [Nov. 15, 2016] within the 1948 territories (i.e., Israel), and was transferred to the Khalil Suleiman Government Hospital in Jenin.”

PA Parliament: Britain “established the occupation and settlement in Palestine,” must recognize its ”serious mistakes” against the Palestinians (i.e., the Balfour Declaration)  
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Nov. 15, 2016
Headline: “PA Parliament: It is not possible to continue to recognize Israel without an end of the occupation”

“For the 28th anniversary of the [Palestinian] declaration of independence (see note below –Ed.), the PA Parliament (Legislative Council) emphasized that the struggle of our people continues, and it is undeterred by the violence and terror of the occupation…
The PA Parliament demanded that the UN act to implement its resolutions on Palestine, and called on the state that established the occupation and the settlement in Palestine approximately 100 years ago (refers to Britain and the Balfour Declaration –Ed.) – and that which still grants its patronage to the last occupation in the world – to stop supporting and defending [the occupation], to recognize its (i.e., Britain's) serious mistakes against our people, and to rescue [our people] from the Israeli occupation that denies all of the agreements that were signed with it. This is because it is not possible to continue to recognize Israel for free without it ending the occupation and recognizing the State of Palestine, and the peoples are always ready to sacrifice in order to restore their legal rights and to live in dignity.”

Palestinian declaration of independence - On Nov. 15, 1988, before the Palestine National Council (PNC), the Palestinian parliament in exile in Algeria, Chairman of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) Yasser Arafat declared the establishment of an independent Palestinian state with Jerusalem as its capital. Although the borders were not specified in the declaration, it recognized the UN partition plan of 1947, which called for the creation of a Jewish state and an Arab state in the former British Mandate for Palestine.

The Balfour Declaration of Nov. 2, 1917 was a letter from British Foreign Secretary Arthur Balfour to Baron Rothschild stating that “His Maj

PLO official: PA demands Britain apologize for “ominous” Balfour promise which was "historical mistake" 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Nov. 3, 2016
Headline: “Demands for an apology from Britain for the Balfour Promise, and calls on the world to save Palestine from this historical mistake”
    “PLO Executive Committee member Hanna Amira said that through the ominous Balfour Promise (i.e., Declaration), Britain gave something it had no ownership over to one who has no right to it, which matches what successive occupation governments are carrying out when they give the Palestinian land to settlers.
Amira said in an interview with [the official PA radio station] The Voice of Palestine that the Palestinian [PA] Ministry of Foreign Affairs is holding talks with the British government regarding the entire ominous promise so as to inform them about the petition to the [UN ] International Court of Justice on this issue.”

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” and is seen as the basis for later international commitments to establish the State of Israel.

Abbas’ spokesman: Balfour Declaration” was “crime of the century,” a “historic mistake” that should be reevaluated and corrected  
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Nov. 3, 2016
Headline: “Abu Rudeina: The Balfour Promise is the crime of the century”
       “Official [PA] Presidential Spokesman Nabil Abu Rudeina described the Balfour Promise (i.e., Declaration) as the crime of the century, and emphasized that it will not pass in silence.
Abu Rudeina added in a press release on the [99th] anniversary of the ominous Balfour Promise [Nov. 2, 2016] that this crime led to tragedies, uprooting, and refugees , whose price has been paid by the Palestinian people and the Arab nation, and [led] to consequences that still have an effect on everyone. Abu Rudeina called on those who issued this ominous promise to reevaluate it and correct the historic mistake, which will remain a mark of shame on the forehead of humanity.”

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” and is seen as the basis for later international commitments to establish the State of Israel.

Fatah official: Balfour Declaration was “a project initiated by one who has no ownership for one who has no right" 
Source: Facebook page of Tawfiq Tirawi, member of Fatah Central Committee, Nov. 2, 2016

Text and image posted on the Facebook page of Fatah Central Committee member Tawfiq Tirawi. The image shows former British Foreign Secretary Arthur Balfour and a copy of his letter to Baron Rothschild.


Posted text: "The Balfour Promise (i.e., Declaration) was not a promise and word of honor, but rather a project initiated by one who has no ownership for one who has no right. And to those who do have the right to freedom and dignity, we promised to remain loyal to the path until [the achievement of] freedom."

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” and is seen as the basis for later international commitments to establish the State of Israel.

PA Foreign Minister on Palestinian radio: Britain must “issue a new promise that will end the promise from 99 years ago [i.e. the Balfour Declaration, considered basis for Israel’s establishment]”  
Source: Radio Voice of Palestine (Fatah), Nov. 2, 2016
Official PA radio station The Voice of Palestine program A New Day, interview with PA Minister of Foreign Affairs Riyad Al-Malki on his meeting with British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson

PA Minister of Foreign Affairs Riyad Al-Malki:
“We spoke not only about the Balfour Promise (i.e., Declaration) but also about several additional topics that we think are of great significance and which should be monitored together with the British officials. Regarding the Balfour Promise we pointed out that it is most important that Britain issue a new promise that will end the promise from 99 years ago. A new promise that will speak about Britain’s commitment to the Palestinian people’s right of self-determination, and Britain’s support for the establishment of a Palestinian state and the recognition of the State of Palestine, that is the minimum. Likewise we spoke about the historical responsibility of Britain in light of what happened as a result of the Balfour Promise and the apology required from Britain if it has the daring and the courage to bear responsibility in light of what happened to the Palestinian people as a result of the Balfour Promise...”

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Note: Al-Malki stated that in his meeting with Johnson it was agreed that the British government would give a response in the coming days.

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” and is seen as the basis for later international commitments to establish the State of Israel.

PA and Fatah: Britain should apologize and compensate the Palestinians for the Balfour Declaration 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Nov. 2, 2016
Headline: “Ninety-nine years to the Balfour Promise: Britain is morally, legally, and politically responsible for the suffering of our people”
      “[For] 99 years since the Balfour Promise (i.e., Declaration), in which ‘One without ownership gave [Palestine] to one without a right [to it],’ Palestine has been a hostage of this promise – in the hope that 2017 will be the year of the end of the occupation. Advisor to [PA] President [Mahmoud Abbas] on Diplomatic Affairs Majdi Al-Khaldi said that… the Palestinian diplomatic [service] is trying to make the government of Britain recognize the State of Palestine as compensation for the mistake that it made then, especially considering the fact that it had no authority over Palestine, and its behavior stemmed from it being a colonialist state that gave itself permission to issue a promise like this…”

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PA National Security Forces Facebook: Balfour Declaration was “promise by one who has no ownership to one who has no right”  
Source: Facebook page of the PA National Security Forces, Nov. 2, 2016

mages posted on the Facebook page of the PA National Security Forces

Text on top right picture: “A promise by one who has no ownership to one who has no right”

Text on bottom left image:
“The 99th anniversary of the Balfour Promise (i.e., Declaration)
The tragedy began here”

The images show various pictures of Palestinian refugees, and at the bottom left a logo is seen bearing a “99” with “1917-2016” under it, referring to the 99th anniversary of the Balfour Declaration, which was issued in 1917.

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” and is seen as the basis for later international commitments to establish the State of Israel.

Fatah Facebook: “Ominous Balfour Promise… will remain a curse upon the colonialist” 
Source: Official Fatah Facebook page, Nov. 2, 2016

Image and text posted on the official Fatah Facebook page

Posted text: “It will remain a curse upon the occupier”
Text on image: “Nov. 2, 1917
The ominous Balfour Promise (i.e., Declaration)
The Balfour Promise
will remain a curse upon the colonialist”

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” and is seen as the basis for later international commitments to establish the State of Israel.

Fatah Facebook condemns Balfour Declaration that promised establishment of Jewish national home  
Source: Official Fatah Facebook page, Nov. 2, 2016

Image and text posted on the official Fatah Facebook page

Posted text: “The Balfour Promise (i.e., Declaration): A promise of one who has no ownership to one who has no right (the text of the Balfour Declaration follows –Ed.)”

The image shows former British Foreign Secretary Arthur Balfour with Arab refugees seen in the background.

Text on image: “The Balfour Promise
Nov. 2, 1917
A promise of one who has no ownership to one who has no right”

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” and is seen as the basis for later international commitments to establish the State of Israel.

PLO official: Balfour Declaration was “colonialist agreement” and a “sin”  
Source: WAFA, official PA news agency, Nov. 2, 2016
Headline: "How can Britain atone for the Balfour Promise?"
By Secretary-General of the PLO Executive Committee and Fatah Central Committee member Saeb Erekat
       "The Balfour Promise (i.e., Declaration) was never a report on paper or a promise given by one of the British statesmen, but rather an occupation colonialist agreement that aided and set the basis for committing one of the tragedies of the century, the tragedy of a people that is still paying the price of the conspiracy against it by some of the colonialist states…
Israel alone could not have taken over the land of Palestine and planted itself there without Britain and the international community supporting the occupation project and giving it immunity from accountability. Britain gave Palestine to the Jews for free, and its support of the Balfour Promise was the first declared link in the realization and establishment of the occupation of Palestine… In order to atone for the sin of the Balfour Promise, Britain must recognize the State of Palestine in the 1967 borders, with Jerusalem as its capital, as one of the conditions for protecting the two-state solution it calls to implement..."

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Fatah in Lebanon: The Balfour Declaration, promising a Jewish national home, was a “crime”  
Source: WAFA, official PA news agency, Nov. 2, 2016
Headline: "Fatah in Lebanon: Britain must bear its responsibility and recognize the crime of the Balfour Promise"
       "The Lebanon branch of the Fatah Movement said on the anniversary of the Balfour Promise (i.e., Declaration) that Britain - which was the direct cause of our tragedy, the loss of our land, and the harassment of its people and its expulsion – must bear its full responsibility and fully recognize the crime that it committed through Balfour’s promise to the Jews to establish a national homeland for them on the land of Palestine. The movement demanded in its statement that was published today, Wednesday [Nov. 2, 2016], that the United Kingdom fully recognize the need to establish an independent Palestinian state whose capital is East Jerusalem, to implement the right of return of the Palestinian refugees to the lands that they were expelled from based on UN Resolution 194, to support the resolutions of the international bodies regarding the fate of our people, and to do justice with it by supporting its legal rights, and particularly its right to international protection."

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Fatah Facebook post condemns “ominous” Balfour declaration, “that was given by one who has no ownership to one who has no right”  
Source: Official Fatah Facebook page, Nov. 2, 2016

Text and image posted on the official Fatah Facebook page

Posted text: "A homeland that refuses to be forgotten"
Text on image:
"We will not forget the ominous promise
The Balfour Promise (i.e., Declaration)
That was given by one who has no ownership to one who has no right
Nov. 2, 1917"

The image shows Palestinian refugees, and on the right former British Foreign Secretary Arthur Balfour, with flames superimposed over his picture.

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” and is seen as the basis for later international commitments to establish the State of Israel.

Fatah cartoon depicts Balfour Declaration, given by Britain, “one who has no ownership,” to Jew, “who has no right” 
Source: Falestinona, website of Fatah's Information and Culture Commission in Lebanon, Nov. 2, 2016

Cartoon posted on Falestinona, the website of Fatah's Information and Culture Commission in Lebanon

Headline: “The Balfour Promise”

The cartoon shows two men standing under a light fixture labelled “The Balfour Promise.” The man on the right represents Britain and is passing a rolled piece of paper symbolizing the Balfour Declaration to the other. On his sleeve is written: “One who has no ownership.” The man on the left represents the Jews. He is dressed as an ultra-orthodox Jew and on his sleeve is written: “One who has no right.”

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” and is seen as the basis for later international commitments to establish the State of Israel.

Balfour Declaration led to “establishment of a homeland for the Zionist movement in return for.. a tool for carrying out the ambitions of the capitalist West in Palestine… and also in order to resolve the Jewish issue in Europe” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Nov. 1, 2016
Headline: “Putting Britain - giver of the [Balfour] Promise - on trial"
Excerpt of op-ed by Omar Hilmi Al-Ghoul, regular columnist for the official PA daily
     “Tomorrow, Wednesday [Nov. 2, 2016], will be the 99th anniversary of the ominous Balfour Promise (i.e., Declaration), the promise of the Foreign Secretary of Not-Great Britain [Arthur Balfour] to the members of the Jewish religion to establish ‘a national homeland' for them in Arab Palestine, the historical homeland of the Palestinian Arab people since the creation of mankind on earth. The barbarity of this offensive promise made by the government of the state of the British Mandate in Palestine is not expressed solely by its being issued, but also by the activity to implement it in the field, as the Supreme British Commissioner in Palestine, the Jew Herbert Samuels, legislated laws and regulations that assisted in the implementation of the ominous promise on the Palestinian land. Likewise, it created all of the social, political, economic, and legal conditions for the establishment of a homeland for the Zionist movement in return for it [the Zionist movement] constituting a tool for carrying out the ambitions of the capitalist West in Palestine and in the Arab homeland, and also in order to resolve the Jewish issue in Europe, at the expense of the Palestinian people...”

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Abbas’ advisor: PA will ask Britain to apologize for Balfour Declaration 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Nov. 1, 2016
Headline: "Advisor Zumlut: We are continuing our legal battle against the occupation"
     "Advisor to [PA] President [Mahmoud Abbas] for Strategic Affairs Husam Zumlut emphasized that the [PA] leadership is continuing its legal battle against the occupation and the Israeli extremism and settlement government in order to hold the world legally, ethically, and politically responsible for finding a fair solution to the Palestinian cause similarly to many of the international disputes…
He added that the leadership is serious about opening the topic of the Balfour Promise (i.e., Declaration), and about holding Britain legally, ethically, and politically responsible for what happened to the Palestinian people for an entire century, following the decision to give what was not in its ownership to one who had no right to it. He noted that Britain has taken the Palestinian position very seriously, and that a meeting will be held on the subject in the coming days between Palestinian and British top officials in order to discuss the Palestinian position that demands that the British government apologize to the Palestinian people for what has happened to it, recognize its political rights and the State of Palestine, and help end the occupation..."

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Palestinian National Council: Britain must “atone for its crime and historical sin against our land and against our people” (i.e. the Balfour Declaration) 
Source: Ma’an, independent Palestinian news agency, Nov. 1, 2016
Headline: “The National Council demands that Britain atone for the sin of the Balfour Promise"
     “The Palestinian National Council (i.e., the legislative body of the PLO) demanded that Britain, which gave the ominous Balfour Promise (i.e, Declaration), bear the legal and moral responsibility for all the tragedies that have befallen the Palestinian people… In an announcement that it published today (Tuesday) [Nov. 1, 2016], the Palestinian National Council emphasized that it is important to unify the efforts of the Palestinians, the Arabs, and people of conscience living in the world. This is in order to pressure the government of Britain and to force it to do justice to the Palestinian people and atone for its crime and historical sin against our land and against our people, who have lived in Palestine, they and their forefathers, for thousands of years. The National Council demanded that the British House of Commons in particular reopen the Balfour Promise file, discuss it, pressure the government of Britain to immediately recognize the State of Palestine, and force it to help the Palestinian people receive all of its rights… Likewise the council demanded that the Palestinian and Arab institutions, the Arab League, the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, the Non-Aligned Movement, and everyone who identifies with us support the call of [PA] President Mahmoud Abbas to submit a lawsuit against the government of Britain for issuing the Balfour Promise…"

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PA Minister of Foreign Affairs demands Britain take responsibility for the Balfour Declaration, which “was the main reason for the official establishment of the State of Israel in 1948” 
Source: Ma’an, independent Palestinian news agency, Nov. 1, 2016
Headline: “Al-Malki demands of Britain that it not participate in [the celebrations of the] 100th [anniversary] of the Balfour [Promise]”
       “[PA] Minister of Foreign Affairs Riyad Al-Malki demanded that Britain recognize the State of Palestine, support giving full membership to Palestine in the UN, and not participate in the celebrations of the 100th anniversary of the Balfour Promise (i.e., Declaration). This was during an official visit in London, the capital of Britain, which will last two days and which Al-Malki began with a meeting with his counterpart, British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson…
At the end of the meeting, Al-Malki spoke about the position of the PA regarding the participation of Britain in marking [the anniversary] of the Balfour Promise. He demanded of his British counterpart that Britain not participate in the celebrations of the 100th anniversary of this ominous promise. Likewise, he demanded of him that an official British position be taken and that the government of Britain bear the moral and historical responsibility for this promise, which was the main reason for the official establishment of the State of Israel in 1948 and its consequences: the uprooting of the Palestinian people from its land, and its expulsion to all parts of the world.”

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PLO official: Balfour Declaration "constituted the basis for all of the injustices... committed against the Palestinian people, as well as the Palestinian holocaust that has been continuing for the past 100 years” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Nov. 1, 2016
Headline: “National condemnation of the Balfour Promise, and the [PLO] Department for Refugee Affairs prepares to launch a campaign against the ominous promise”
      “PLO Executive Committee member and Director of the [PLO] Department for Refugee Affairs Tayseer Khaled called on all Palestinians of all political and ideological affiliations in the Palestinian Interior (i.e., Palestinian term for Israel), the West Bank, the Gaza Strip, the refugee camps, and the countries of the exile and the diaspora to unite around the national campaign denouncing the colonialist Balfour Promise (i.e., Declaration).
This is for the approaching 100th anniversary of this promise, which constituted the basis for all of the injustices that the Zionist movement and the State of Israel committed against the Palestinian people, as well as the Palestinian holocaust that has been continuing for the past 100 years before the eyes and ears of the international community.”

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” and is seen as the basis for later international commitments to establish the State of Israel.