It's been nearly 100 years since the document changed the course of history, yet Britain still fails to acknowledge Israel's denial of the Palestinian right to national self-determination - and its own complicity
The Popular Conference for Palestinians Abroad (PCPA), the European Palestinian Conference (EPC), and a number of other groups have launched a campaign called “Balfour: A Colonial Project”, in the lead up to the November centenary of the infamous British document.
The coming months mark the centennial of Palestine’s forcible incorporation into the British Empire. In November 1917, British foreign secretary Lord Arthur Balfour declared his government’s support for “the establishment in Palestine of a national home for the Jewish people”; in December, Jerusalem fell to British troops. One hundred years later, the effects of these events continue to reverberate. This should be a time of sombre reflection about international responsibility for the unfolding tragedy in Palestine
The current Lord Balfour has said he has “major reservations” about the consequences of the document bearing his family name which is considered to have indicated British government support for the establishment of a Jewish national home in Palestine.