PA daily article: Balfour Declaration was at expense of Palestinians who have “been rooted in this land for thousands of years”
Headline: “102 years since the ominous Balfour Declaration”
“Today, Saturday, Nov. 2 , is the 102nd anniversary of the ominous Balfour Promise (i.e., Declaration), in whose framework Britain gave the Jews a right to establish a national homeland for themselves in Palestine.
The Balfour Promise was tantamount to the West’s first step toward establishing an entity for the Jews on the land of Palestine, as a response to world Zionism’s wishes at the expense of a people that has been rooted in this land for thousands of years.”
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." In 1922, the League of Nations adopted this and made the British Mandate "responsible for putting into effect the declaration," which led to the UN vote in favor of partitioning Mandatory Palestine into a Jewish state and an Arab state in 1947. In response, Britain ended its mandate on May 15, 1948, and the Palestinian Jews, who accepted the Partition Plan, declared the independent State of Israel. The Palestinian Arabs rejected the plan and together with 7 Arab states attacked Israel, in what is now known as Israel's War of Independence.
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