The centenary of the Balfour Declaration issued on 2 November 1917 is being used to unleash a barrage of falsehoods designed to denigrate the Jewish people and delegitimise the Jewish State of Israel.
Among those current egregious falsehoods:
Raja Zaatry - an official of the High Follow-up Committee - the Arab community’s leadership body in Israel - has asserted:
“In 1917 less than 10% of the population was Jewish and more than 90% Arab. The British gave to the Jews something that didn’t belong to them,”
The British Government gave nothing to the Jews in 1917 other than its “declaration of sympathy with Jewish Zionist aspirations” expressed in the Balfour Declaration. Palestine in 1917 still remained under Turkey’s rule as part of the 400 years old Ottoman Empire.
Vincent Fean - British consul general to Jerusalem between 2010 and 2014 - reportedly said the UK should uphold its commitment to helping achieve a two-state solution promised in the Balfour Declaration - if only to prevent radicalization at home - stating
“I firmly believe that this unresolved issue contributes to radicalization in our own country among the Muslim community and if only for that self-interested reason we should think of doing something about it.”
The Balfour Declaration promised no two-state solution. Islamic State has caused Muslim radicalization in Britain.
The Balfour Apology Campaign and the Palestinian Return Centre – protesting the Royal Albert Hall being used to host a Balfour Declaration Centenary event on 7 November - have urged the public to sign a letter containing the following statement:
“The 1917 Balfour Declaration directly caused the 1948 Arab-Israeli War where Israel ethnically cleansed 750,000 Palestinians and then established a state in Palestine.”
The 1948 Arab-Israeli War was directly caused by six Arab armies from Egypt, Syria, Transjordan, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia and Iraq invading Palestine in total violation of international law. No invasion – no war.
University of Manchester academic Nick Thoburn grabbed some media space by reportedly saying he was dismayed that the University had allowed a Balfour Declaration commemoration event to take place on its campus - adding for good measure:
"Lord Balfour (declared), chillingly, that Zionism was 'of far profounder import than the desire and prejudices of the 700,000 Arabs who now inhabit that ancient land'
Nick appears to have been engaging in deliberate spin. Nick should be looking for another job outside academia if this is the standard of his intellectual expertise.
Chillingly - our news-grabbing academic selectively misquoted what Lord Balfour actually said:
“The Four Great Powers are committed to Zionism. And Zionism, be it right or wrong, good or bad, is rooted in age-long traditions, in present needs, in future hopes, of far profounder import than the desires and prejudices of the 700,000 Arabs who now inhabit that ancient land”
Nick appears to have been engaging in deliberate spin.
Nick should be looking for another job outside academia if this is the standard of his intellectual expertise.
Ambassador Jonathan Allen - UK deputy permanent representative to the UN told the Security Council on 17 October:“And let us remember, there are two halves of Balfour, the second half of which has not been fulfilled. There is therefore unfinished business.”
Ambassador Allen was spouting pure unadulterated fiction. There are no two halves of the Balfour Declaration.
There is however “unfinished business”: allocating sovereignty in the last remaining 5% of Palestine between Jordan and Israel – the two successor States in Palestine – as was first envisaged by Article 25 of the 1922 League of Nations Mandate for Palestine.
The sooner this business is concluded – the sooner the Arab-Jewish conflict can be resolved.
It surely is time to end 100 years of relentlessly hounding 15 million Jews world-wide and falsely and misleadingly lambasting their tiny Jewish State.