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95th anniversary of the Balfour Declaration
UK’s responsibility to the Palestinians

In the following Guardian letter a few Palestinians and Pro Palestinian activists call for the British government to acknowledge publicly the responsibility for previous British administrations for the Balfour Declaration and Palestinian suffering. I totally agree with the content of the letter, yet, it fails to address the most crucial and obvious fact.

10 November 2012

The Balfour declaration was a direct outcome of some intensive Jewish Lobby pressure in both Britain and the USA.

Unless Palestinians and their supporters are willing to address questions to do with Jewish power and lobbying, we won’t be able to confront the menace caused by Zionism and the Jewish State.

Gilad Atzmon, November 10, 2012. (*)

UK’s responsibility to the Palestinians

Today is the 95th anniversary of the Balfour Declaration, when the then foreign secretary, Arthur Balfour, signed a fateful letter to Lord Rothschild announcing that the British government "view with favour the establishment in Palestine of a National Home for the Jewish people". Britain thus gave the zionist movement carte blanche to transform the overwhelmingly Arab state of Palestine into a Jewish one.

To further this aim, from 1920 onwards, Britain encouraged the mass immigration into Palestine of hundreds of thousands of European Jews, expressly against the wishes of the majority population. As Palestine descended into chaos, the British washed their hands of their responsibility for the mess they had caused and stood by while hundreds of thousands of Palestinians were terrorised into fleeing their homeland, as Palestine was transformed into Israel.

We call for the British government to acknowledge publicly the responsibility of previous British administrations from 1917 to 1948 for the catastrophe that befell the Palestinians, when over threequarters were expelled deliberately and systematically by the zionist army. Most of them remain refugees today without redress. The truth about their expulsions is still not officially established, since Israel officially denies any responsibility for it.
Ghada Karmi
Tim Llewellyn
Karl Sabbagh
John Rose
Kamel Hawwash
Naomi Foyle
Mona Baker
Mike Marqusee
Seni Seneviratne

The Guardian, Thursday 1 November, 2012. (**)