Lord Mendelsohn: We welcome the appointment of the former British ambassador to Israel, Matthew Gould, who will have a key role in cyber security inside the Cabinet Office – a very useful and important position.
Millions of us around the world have supported the Palestinian cause for decades. In our calls for justice for the people of Palestine we have stood alongside some political giants. I can’t think of any other piece of land — we are talking about a tiny scrap hardly the size of an African safari park — which has been at the centre of so much political angst, bloodshed and hardship for its people. The creation of the state of Israel in 1948 and its ongoing ethnic cleansing and colonisation of Palestine has seen to that.
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
Speaking at the Labour party annual conference 2017 in Brighton, a leading Jewish anti-Zionist Naomi Wimborne-Idrissi from the Jewish Labour Movement criticised how oppression and discrimination are so rampant in today’s world. She highlighted key anniversaries relating to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
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