PA daily: Balfour Declaration was a "great political crime and sin"
Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida - Nov. 2, 2011

 
The 1917 Balfour Declaration was a letter from the British Foreign Minister Arthur Balfour to Lord Rothschild of the Zionist movement, which expressed Britain's support for "the establishment in Palestine of a national home for the Jewish people." Every year on the anniversary of the Balfour Declaration, Palestinian Authority leaders and official media issue harsh statements attacking it. 
     "The Arab League emphasized yesterday that now, more than ever, there is a need for a serious international position supporting the right of the Palestinian people to self-determination and putting an end to the historical injustice done to it in the wake of the Balfour promise [Balfour Declaration, 1917] and the continued Israeli occupation. A press release by the [Arab League] Department for Palestine and the Occupied Arab Lands on the occasion of the anniversary of the Balfour promise, said: 'This cursed promise was the main reason for the catastrophe which befell Palestine in 1948, and it represented the beginning of the tragedy of the Palestinian people, which has continued for many decades...
The promise declared by British Foreign Minister Arthur Balfour, on Nov. 2, 1917, constitutes a great political crime and sin, leading to the uprooting of the Palestinian people and the theft of its land, and causing wars and great conflicts which still continue in the region.'"
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