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Palestinians ask again, for UK apology for Balfour Declaration


By Anna Donati - November 03, 2018
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November 2 marked the 101st commemoration of the Balfour Declaration under which Great Britain granted the Jews the right to establish a national homeland in Palestine, on the basis of the false argument: "a land without people for a people without land."

Palestinians continue to demand excuses and financial compensation.
 
The President of the State of Palestine, Mahmoud Abbas on the occasion of the centenary of the Balfour Declaration, wrote in the British newspaper The Guardian there is now a deep imbalance between Israel and the occupied Palestinian people.
 
“The balance must be redressed, and Britain bears a great deal of responsibility in leading the way. Celebrations must wait for the day when everyone in this land has freedom, dignity and equality.”
 
Abbas said the Declaration is not an opportunity to celebrate, especially at a time when one of the parties is still suffering injustice and suffering from this promise.
 
The creation of a homeland for other peoples has led to the displacement of another people and the continuation of their persecution, without any comparison between the occupier and the people under occupation.
 
Palestinians are still waiting for the most recent peace plan to be presented.
 
On the eve of the Balfour signing anniversary, Mahmoud Abbas promised to reject the "agreement of the century" of the US Trump administration on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and criticized what he calls efforts to separate the West Bank from the Gaza Strip.
 
In his Saturday speech, Abbas said cuts to UNRWA aid were aimed at "liquidating the Palestinian cause.”
 
He said he opposes any effort to weaken the agency or change the way it counts refugees.
 
The PA leader's speech was delivered when the Tenth Israeli channel reported that Trump's envoy, Jason Greenblatt, had announced that the United States would soon publish its peace plan, without giving a specific date.
 
In addition, Hamas emphasized the "right of the Palestinian people to resist [Israeli] occupation until they reach their goal of total liberation.”
 
Hamas also reiterated its rejection of any political or diplomatic normalization with Israel.
 
The Balfour Declaration refers to the message issued on November 2, 1917 by former British Foreign Secretary Arthur Balfour to Lord Lionel Walter Rothschild, in which he promised that his government would do its utmost to create a national home for Jews in Palestine.

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