UK: May, Netanyahu attend Balfour centenary dinner

Nov 05, 2017, 02:01
UK: May, Netanyahu attend Balfour centenary dinner

Amman Third District Deputy Khalid Ramadan addressed the British Prime Minister as well, stating that "with this celebration, she is demonstrating that she is proud of forcing people out of their homes", criticising May's denomination of Israel as a "civil" land by noting that "civil people respect human rights".

The UK has rejected calls to apologise and has said it is proud of its role.

Jeremy Corbyn, a longtime critic of Israel, will skip the dinner but is sending Emily Thornberry, the shadow foreign secretary, in his place.

"A foreign land chose to give our territory to people who do not own it, Palestine was always our land, and we will never stop until it is recognised that it belongs to our people", Alaween continued. The following decades saw a spike in the number of Jews immigrating to Palestine as Zionist state institutions took root.

May will also warn about a "pernicious form of anti-Semitism which uses criticism of the actions of the Israeli government as a despicable justification for questioning the very right of Israel to exist".

"I am proud of Britain's part in creating Israel and Her Majesty's Government will mark the centenary of the Balfour Declaration on Thursday in that spirit, "Mr Johnson said earlier this week".

"Balfour wrote explicitly that "nothing shall be done which may prejudice the civil and religious rights of existing non-Jewish communities in Palestine, or the rights and political status enjoyed by Jews in any other country", May said as she quoted from the Declaration's final part. It wasn't a tragedy.

It was contained in a letter dated 2 November 1917 by the then British Foreign Secretary Arthur Balfour to British Jewish community leader Lord Rothschild. And when they do, the road to peace will be infinitely closer.

As a historian, McDonald said he was interested in the historical, political, military, diplomatic and moral forces motivating Balfour and the War Cabinet in 1917, asking how critical the Balfour Declaration was in the creation of the State of Israel.

However, the anniversary is divisive, with Palestinians and their supporters planning protests, including a demonstration in London at the weekend.

On May 14, 1948, immediately after the end of the British mandate in Palestine, Jewish leader David Ben Gurion proclaimed the creation of the state of Israel.

Jewish immigration to Palestine rose substantially in the interwar period, though Britain imposed strict limits later on in the wake of violence between Jewish and Arab communities.

"We therefore reiterate our call upon the British government to publicly apologize to the Palestinian people for issuing the Balfour Declaration and to bear the consequences of making that promise by compensating the Palestinian people politically, materially and morally, recognize the State of Palestine and work toward ending the occupation from our land just as it sponsored the occupation state, Israel, on the land of Palestine", the statement concluded.

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