Worldwide Protests Await Britain’s Celebration Of Balfour Anniversary

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RAMALLAH, October 24, 2017 (WAFA) – As Britain prepares to celebrate the centennial of the infamous Balfour Declaration, which Palestinians say was the cause of their Nakba or catastrophe, protests are being planned in the Palestinian territory and around the world, according to officials.

Speaking at a press conference in Ramallah on this occasion, Palestinian officials said the main protest rally is going to be held in Ramallah city center on November 2, marking the date when former British Foreign Secretary Arthur Balfour has promised Jews a homeland in Palestine in 1917.

Protests are also going to be held in Jerusalem and around the world, but a major rally is going to be held in London on November 4 with the participation of British lawmakers and officials.

The goal of these protests “is to send a message to the British government to apologize to the Palestinian people for the Balfour declaration and to compensate them,” said Nabil Shaath, an advisor to President Mahmoud Abbas on international affairs.

However, he said, instead of apologizing, Britain is going to hold celebrations marking this occasion.

He said that the Balfour Declaration was the cause of the Palestinian Nakba or catastrophe of 1948 whose effects are still felt until today through Israel’s ongoing settlement construction and expansion at the expense of the Palestinian people and land.

He called on Britain to recognize Palestine on the 1967 borders with East Jerusalem as its capital as one way to say sorry to the Palestinian people for what he described as its “crime” against them.

Mustafa Barghouti, head of the Palestinian National Initiative and a lawmaker, said at the same press conference that the Balfour declaration “has established the basis for the apartheid system” in Israel.

He said the declaration was not made for concern for Jews around the world, rather more so for colonial reasons.

“The declaration has created instability in the Middle East, which has been going on for 100 years,” he said, and it has caused more damage to Jews than helped them “because it put them in direct confrontation with the Palestinian and Arab people and with humanity.”

Barghouti said Britain should apologize, cancel the planned celebrations, which he said “are adding insult to injury” to the Palestinians, and recognize Palestine.

Meanwhile, the Ministry of Education is encouraging school students in the West Bank and Gaza to write letters to the British government to tell officials how they feel about the declaration and how it has impacted their life. The students are expected to write 100,000 letters that will be handed over to the British Consul General in Jerusalem on Nov. 2.

  • Helen4Yemen

    Some quotes by Balfour about Jews

    - a state of things could easily be imagined in which it would not be to the advantage of the civilization of the country that there should be an immense body of persons who, however patriotic, able, and industrious, however much they threw themselves into the national life, still, by their own action, remained a people apart, and not merely held a religion differing from the vast majority of their fellow-countrymen, but only inter-married among themselves.

    - If it succeeds, it will do a great spiritual and material work for the Jews, but not for them alone. For as I read its meaning it is, among other things, a serious endeavour to mitigate the age-long miseries created for Western civilization by the presence in its midst of a Body which it too long regarded as alien and even hostile, but which it was equally unable to expel or to absorb

    - Wherever one went in Eastern Europe one found that by some way or other the Jew got on, and when to this was added the fact that he belonged to a distinct race and that he professed a religion which to the people about him was an object of inherited hatred, and that, moreover, he was … numbered by millions, one could perhaps understand the desire to keep him down and deny him the rights to which he was entitled.

    - nearly all Bolshevism and disorder of that sort is directly traceable to Jews.

    - ‘the Jews undoubtedly constitute a most formidable power whose manifestations are not by any means always attractive’

  • Robert H. Stiver

    I’m a participant this very day in a locally produced public-access TV shoot featuring two Abby Martin videos that include reference to and denunciation of the dastardly Balfour Declaration and its implementation by the clever Zionist horde. Our three-person panel will provide injected-every-five-minutes-or-so commentary on Abby’s worthy productions–one searingly historical, one addressing (with Abby’s unequaled indignation and passion!) the illegally-squatting settler-thug Zionist devil-spawn monsters rampaging through and soiling the Palestinians’ soil and endangered lives.

    I like the final paragraph above. Go for it, Palestinian kids!!

  • Patrick Ira DonEgan

    yeah – nothing about those people worming into the Jew’s homeland after the Jews kept on getting kicked out of their homeland so long ago.

    Tons of land all around the Middle East, yet they had to take over the Jew’s homeland. That is very wormie.

    Oh, and “Spanish Inquisition”!

  • Patrick Ira DonEgan

    I can see you are very biased.

  • Robert H. Stiver

    Yeah, I’m biased: pro-justice, pro-dignity, pro-peace, pro-Palestine and proud to be so. Zionist trolls are not welcome in my universe, but WTH — it’s a free-speech thing…have at it.

    (Are you posing as Einstein? That Jewish genius and humanist was adamantly opposed to the militant/political Zionist enterprise.)

  • TecumsehUnfaced

    What evidence do you have that this is the European Asknenazi homeland? No other group of people claims the homes and lands of another people because they might have had some ancestors running around Palestine for a few hundred years ago. Only the Zionists are insane enough to push such absurd claims and push them violently to the immense misery of the genuinely Semite indigenes of the Middle East.

  • kevinzeese

    Very confused a-historical comment.

  • Kevin, I’m curious- what is your vision for peace?

  • You know, this Balfour Declaration- while certainly momentous- was, like, 100 years ago…

    I think it makes more sense to look forward, rather than backward. I’d prefer to discuss the best possible future (and how it can be achieved) given the circumstances of the present (and just to be clear- “best” is what’s best for everyone, not just some select groups of people).

    There are solutions that are reasonably fair, and perfectly attainable. What makes this conflict so exceptionally challenging, isn’t that solutions don’t exist- it’s that not enough people are willing to accept them.

    If peace is to be achieved, then all obstacles to peace must be confronted- and the reality is that both sides are presenting obstacles to peace (Israel with its continued settlement expansions, and Hamas with its continued disregard for innocent life and insistence on destroying Israel).

    Both sides would naturally rather not give in on anything, and instead have everything be all their way, but the fairest solutions are compromises, requiring both sides to give in on some things. Such as the following one for example, which requires no massive “ethnic cleansing” operations, and thus can be achieved quickly, and with no suffering (unlike ethnic cleansing, which takes quite a bit of time and effort, and causes a great deal of misery and suffering…)

    Two independent, sovereign states- Israel and Palestine, where Palestine is comprised of what is known today as the “occupied territories” (the West Bank, Gaza, and East Jerusalem) at the 1967 borders of these territories. Israel implements a right of return and compensation policy for involuntarily displaced Palestinians, letting in as many vetted applicants as Israel can realistically accommodate, and providing financial compensation to any remaining ones. Palestine grants an “amnesty” to all Jewish settlers residing within the former West Bank and East Jerusalem, allowing them to remain in Palestine as full Palestinian citizens. All Palestinians and Israelis are allowed unfettered access to their respective holy sites throughout the entire city of Jerusalem.

    Peace will come when enough people on both sides come to recognize that having peace would be better than having whatever is being given up in the compromise. I think this realization might come if we could allow ourselves to imagine the joy and prosperity that would naturally follow if the two sides were allies, rather than adversaries.

  • Sannah Bouchet

    thank you Robert…especially about Enstein!

  • Sannah Bouchet

    some of these points are positive and interesting…if it wasn’t for the fact that the Balfour declaration involved the protection and preservation of the Palestinians – then these measures would not be necessary..my first inclination is to retract the Balfour declaration as being illegal ..Britain had no right to give away ppl country….and as such .. rewind and erase…Israhell should be dismantled – and if they behave .. may be able to reside in Palestine…after all crimes against humanity have been treated with…If the Balfour Dec. is not retracted…then enact it…to the fullest…. all aspects .. starting with the provision and protection of Palestine.

  • Robert H. Stiver

    And I thank you, Sannah, as you nicely reply on the Nov. 2 day of infamy marking the Balfour Abomination. This world is an unfair place….

  • Robert H. Stiver

    SandraLLAP, I too (as does Sannah’s below reply to you — a reply that resonates to the core of my heart and intellect) find you a reasonable thinker and commenter. I would point out a few random points: (i) the Palestinians are the victims of Zionist aggression and vindictive persecution >100 years, yet the Zionists — wherever: the “holy” land, the USA, etc. — insist always on the recognition that they, and only they, can enjoy the status of victimhood. (ii) I personally abhor the concept of an “independent, sovereign” state Palestine on 22 percent of the indigenous residents’ homeland; but I must recognize that the Palestinians themselves, officially by Yassir Arafat as far back as 1988 [almost 30 years ago!!], acceded to such an extraordinarily unfair concession. (iii) Hamas — I think in the 2005-6 time, when it gained legislative victory in internationally monitored elections only to be blockaded and besieged for its efforts — has, in my mind, always been the fervent advocate for the rights of its populace, and I honor it for its patriotism. It was in that 2005 or 2006 that Hamas’ leadership advanced the startlingly radical idea of a 50-year truce within which time the Palestinians would live a life as human beings, all relevant aspects of the Zionist invasion, the illegal occupation, the festering refugee tragedy, etc., would be investigated, analyzed, feasible reparations (e.g., compensation for stolen sovereign and personal property!) made, and a practical, fair resolution be determined, emplaced and enforced. Well, we know why that idea got nowhere with the Zionist entity so-called Israel and the Zionist-Occupied WashDC crowd….

    And SandraLLLP, your final observation (“Peace will come when enough people on both sides come to recognize that having peace would be better than having whatever is being given up in the compromise.”) must be viewed in the context that, for decades, the USA has acted as the Zionist entity’s lawyer and has otherwise enabled, aided, abetted, funded, provided cover for et al every satanic impulse of the militant/political Zionists (secular thieves, landgrabbers and colonialists masked as spiritually Jewish “victims” merely seeking a return to “their” land). Will that paradigm change if and when “enough people on (the Zioentity’s side) come to recognize…” that their war crimes and crimes against humanity will no longer be tolerated and that they stand, in peril, on their own? Perhaps, but I have no optimism that it will happen in my lifetime.

    Have a good day. The Palestinians will not.

  • Helen4Yemen

    I think Einstein was one of the most vocal Zionists who spent his entire life fighting for the cause of Zionism. He was such Zionist that he was even given the chance to be the first president which he turned down. ( think he get credits for writing a letter to the New York Times protesting the massacres of Dar Yassin. But he was very active his entire life raising funds for Zionism. He raised so much money from American Jewish doctors to build what they call Hebrew University. Einstein said that before Herzl that he made Zionism the cause of his life. I simply do no get it that this man passes as non-Zionist and he was in fact one of the Zionist leaders of his time.

    I have responded to so many of ugly Zionist statements in the following links.

    1) MY RESPONSE TO EINSTEIN’S HALLUCINATIONS ABOUT PALESTINE BEING HIS ANCESTRAL LAND.
    https://worldpeace365.wordpress.COM/2017/11/06/my-response-to-einsteins-hallucinations-about-palestine-being-his-ancestral-land/

    2) MY RESPONSE TO ALBERT EINSTEIN’S LETTER TO THE MANCHESTER GUARDIAN
    https://worldpeace365.wordpress.COM/2017/11/05/response-to-albert-einsteins-letter-to-the-manchester-guardian/

    3) MY RESPONSE TO EINSTEIN’S SECRET LETTER TO NEHRU OF INDIA OF JUNE 13, 1947
    https://worldpeace365.wordpress.COM/2017/11/05/my-response-to-einsteins-secret-letter-to-nehru-of-india-of-june-13-1947/

    I would love to get your response.

  • Helen4Yemen

    Ukraine elected a Jewish PM, no?
    The Europeans now clinging to stolen land can safely go home, no?

  • Robert (and Sannah): I feel that you both are failing to factor
    into your analyses, the major reason why Israelis are reluctant to end the occupation & grant full independence to Palestine. And you’re overlooking this reason, because you’re only taking into consideration the wrong that Israel has done, and you’re either ignoring the wrongful actions of the Palestinians, or you’re rationalizing their wrongdoing as being a justifiable reaction to the Israel’s wrongdoing (but, their wrong really can’t be justified in this way…)

    So essentially, a lot of what many Palestinians have said
    and done, has indicated to the Israelis that a fully independent Palestine would pose an unacceptably high security threat. I should also say though, that these security fears do not justify the ongoing settlement expansions, but for that matter, the ongoing settlement expansions do not justify deadly terrorist attacks against random innocents (often children), or Hamas’s continued insistence on wiping out Israel- these things only feed
    into Israel’s fears, and hence delay the attainment of Palestinian statehood. This doesn’t mean though that Israel should be allowed to continue building settlements without any consequences (since this activity is also a substantial obstacle to attaining a reasonable resolution), but the consequences should be limited to only what is effective (i.e., economic measures).

  • Sannah- please see the reply I posted a few minutes ago, to Robert…

  • NO, Helen- just because the PM of Ukraine may now happen to be Jewish, does NOT mean that Ukraine is now able & willing to absorb MILLIONS of new Jewish immigrants. I’ve been over this with you many times already, but I’ll say it again- your fantasy of the entire Jewish population of Israel packing their bags and migrating from Israel en masse, is every bit as absurdly unrealistic as the fantasies of some supporters of Israel, that all Palestinians will one day pack their bags and migrate en masse to Jordan. NEITHER IS GOING TO HAPPEN, so it’s about time that EVERYONE just finally accepted REALITY, and THEN THERE WILL FINALLY BE A CHANCE AT HAVING PEACE!!

  • kevinzeese

    Depends which realities you want people to accept. Certainly there will be no peace if the Israeli occupation of Palestinian lands is accepted.

  • kevinzeese

    Good to see how the injustice in the region is viewed through pro-Israel lens.

  • Robert H. Stiver

    SandraLLAP, I don’t like this response from you and have down-arrowed it accordingly. For me, every day begins with “Justice for Palestine!” and ends with “Justice for Palestine!” No justice, no peace. (And your “Hamas’s continued insistence on wiping out Israel…” ignores the text that I wrote to you earlier…and causes suspicion that a sayanim is afoot among us. I try not to waste my dwindling time on such, including full-on Zionist trolls.)

  • Helen4Yemen

    Therefore Europe has now found peace after removing its Jews to Palestine and the people of the Middle East will forever be mired in conflict as a direct result of foreign Jews who took the land by force?

    Are the Palestinians from Jordan?

    Can you give me a good reason why Europeans thought it was a great idea to insert themselves in the midst of 380,000,000 Arabs?

  • kevinzeese

    Popular Resistance seems to have gotten on the list of web pages for Israeli Zionists to comment, attack and cause confusion. We are not going to allow their false information to pollute this website. We will not be hearing from SandraLLAP again and we will be vigilant in removing other Zionists who troll this site.

  • kevinzeese

    We seem to be attracting Zionists who defend Israel. It seems like an organized effort. We are not going to allow them to pollute these pages.

  • Robert H. Stiver

    Helen, I regret that I can’t find time to visit your response citations, and my reply to you is “thank you for your continued passion and attempt to enlighten me and others.” That written…you are right: I base any feeling I might have for Einstein on the NYT’s letter (I’m losing time dimension; was the letter before or after Dar Yassin? seems to me the letter was 1933 or 1938). You hint that the letter may not be creditable to him; is there an indication(s) to the contrary? Neither you nor I can verify, but my sensing is that Einstein evolved from an euphoric ideal of a “decent” home for his Jewish people to one who became seriously concerned about that people’s trajectory toward tribal terrorism. My sensing further is that, if he were around today, he’d be horrified and staunchly anti-political/militant Zionism as that colonial ideology has been corrupted and become the locus of never-ending torment and misery for the Palestinians on their ground, i.e., not the ground of vicious, vindictive invaders from Europe, Brooklyn, etc.

  • Helen4Yemen

    I have read so much more on Einstein since your reply to me and the man comes across as a devoted Zionist. I encourage people to read the documents listed below and make up their minds.

    1) He was riling against the Arabs for rising up against foreigners seizing their land and he was calling them “Arab mobs”. He hated the Mufti – Einstein wanted the natives to just cook falafel and invite the invaders and just be friends.

    2) His secret letter to PM Nehru of India is the most damning and it shows his true colors. Nehru rejected his request.

    3) Einstein letter to the New York Times for which he is famous was in protest of the Dar Yassin massacre but his letter was 8 months after the event. Why did he wait so long unless the letter was due to internal division within the Zionist leadership (he was certainly one of the leaders) and he was using the Dar Yassin tragedy to score a point against them.

    4) Even the New York Times obituary described him as a Zionist.
    ____________________________________________

    1) 1929-10-12 EINSTEIN LETTER TO THE EDITOR MANCHESTER GUARDIAN https://worldpeace365.wordpress.COM/2017/11/05/letter-to-the-editor-manchester-guardian-12th-october-1929/

    2) 1947-06-13 LETTER FROM EINSTEIN TO JAWAHARAL NEHRU https://worldpeace365.wordpress.COM/2017/11/06/letter-from-einstein-to-jawaharal-nehru-june-13-1947/

    3) 1948-12-04 EINSTEIN’S LETTER TO NEW YORK TIMES – 1948 https://worldpeace365.wordpress.COM/2017/11/05/einsteins-letter-to-new-york-times-1948/

    4) 1955-04-19 EINSTEIN DIED APRIL 19, 1955 – THE NEW YORK TIMES OBITUARY https://worldpeace365.wordpress.COM/2017/11/06/einstein-died-april-19-1955-the-new-york-times-obituary/

  • Helen4Yemen

    The Zionist State Has No Right to Exist

    Justin Keating on Israel

    The Dubliner, November 2005

    I have a tree in Israel, and I once had a certificate to prove it. In about 1950 a lady from a Zionist organisation planted it for my support of the Zionist Youth Movement in Ireland. But it is all so long ago that it has probably been cut down by now, and I have lost the certificate. At the time, like many young Europeans with left-wing views, as the full horrors of Nazi genocide became known, I supported the new state. But now I have totally changed my mind.

    I have reached the conclusion that the Zionists have absolutely no right in what they call Israel, that they have built their state not beside but on top of the Palestinian people, and that there can be no peace as long as contemporary Israel retains its present form. I hasten to make clear that none of this gives me any pleasure, but in the great scheme of things my personal wishes do not weigh heavily in the scale pans of history. I wish I did not think what I do, I hope I am wrong. My conclusions are based on the answers to five questions.

    1- Did the Jews of the Old Testament come from what is now Israel? The answer is No.

    2- Are the Jews of the world today simply the descendants of the people of the Diaspora two thousand years ago? The answer is, only in part.

    3- Does the right of return apply to people who occupied some land two thousand years ago for a historically brief period, to the detriment of those who have been there since? Obviously no. Imagine a world where every people claimed that right.

    4- Did the Balfour Declaration give the Zionists the right to establish a state in Israel? The answer is no. At the time the British Government had no right to give.

    5- Did the United Nations Resolution of November 1947 give Zionists the right to establish the present state of Israel? The answer is no, and they have continuously and relentlessly violated that resolution for more than half a century, so that any tatters that now remain are void, by their action.

    I want briefly to look at each point separately. Some of what I say is taken from a book called My People by Abba Eban, who was Israeli Foreign Minister. He says the Hebrew Tribes came out of Mesopotamia. They moved from Ur in southwest Mesopotamia to Haran, in northwest Mesopotamia. It was here that Abraham was told, by the God that the Jews had invented to leave his land and kinsmen for a new country. Obedient to the divine voice, he moved into western Palestine, the land of the Canaanites. The above is loosely but accurately quoted from Eban. It follows that the Jews came from far away, that they claimed the land of Canaan because their God gave it to them, and there were Canaanites there already. Israel’s Declaration of Independence in 1948 states, “The Land of Israel was the birthplace of the Jewish people.” This was a self serving and untruthful Zionist myth.

    My second point is that the assumption that the Jews of the world (all of whom claim the right of return) are descendants of the Diaspora takes no account of the Kingdom of the Khazars, about whom Arthur Koestler wrote a book arguing that he and other Ashkanazi Jews were their descendents. Also, it assumes that no Jewish girl ever got pregnant (over 2,000 years) by a non-Jew, and brought the child home to her parents, and it also forgets that the converted wives or husbands who were born non-Jewish can, on conversion, claim the right of return.

    Point three: At the time of the Balfour Declaration, the Ottoman Empire, which was the ruling power in Palestine, was falling apart, but the British Government had no rights in the area. The Declaration was made to a private person, the head of the Rothschild family, and while Balfour was promising the Jews a nation home in Palestine, T.E. Lawrence was promising the same thing to Palestinian Arabs. In law and in equity it has no validity.

    Finally, when the United Nations passed its historic resolution (with Britain abstaining) it was a plan for partition. What was new and crucial was that it recognized Jewish sovereignty. The flight of the ignorant Palestinian peasants was founded on such atrocities as the massacre at Deir Yasin where Zionist terrorists filled the well with slaughtered peasants, and went to adjoining villages saying, “Look what happened over there.” In addition, there were bogus broadcasts purporting to come from Palestinian leaders, advising flight. The Jewish-Arab partnership, pleaded for so eloquently by David Ben Gurion -”based on equality and mutual assistance,” to quote his words – was from the beginning a lie which Zionist fundamentalists did not believe

    Those same fundamentalists, who are in the ascendant now, can only say, “We are here because our God gave it to us.” That is too weak for me I’m afraid.

    All of this is a huge tragedy for ordinary Zionist people, who have been led up a blind alley by fanatics. But it is more. Jews have made an immense contribution to civilization, developing as they were between the great empires of Mesopotamia and the Nile, with both of which they had intimate contact, and by which they wanted to avoid being swallowed. They developed a religion and an ethos based on independence, liberty and democracy to which we all owe a debt. That religion is based on the twin concepts of Law and Righteousness, which inspired over the millennia extraordinary contributions to culture and morality. All admirable. In Israel/Palestine, where are they now?

    Zionists have betrayed all of this, and that is a tragedy not just for Jews, but for all of us.

  • Robert H. Stiver

    I am disenchanted, disappointed, sad — but why should I be? I guess a Jew is a Jew is a Jew is a…Zionist, except for a few honorable and honest dissidents like Avi Schlaim, Ilan Pappe, Benjamin Freedman (referenced elsewhere recently by TecumsehUnfaced). Thank you, Helen4Yemen. May the Palestinians find justice, dignity and freedom from the horrors of the militant/political Zionism that has entangled and strangled them and too much of humankind for too long…faster, please.

  • kevinzeese- please precisely define “occupation”, and “Palestinian lands”. According to Helen4Yemen, EVERYTHING “from the river to the sea” is “Palestinian lands”, and ALL Israeli Jews are “occupiers” that should return to the countries that they (or their forebearers) came from.

    So the reality that I want people to accept, is that the millions of Jews living in ISRAEL (NOT the West Bank, but ISRAEL) are NOT going to all wake up one morning and decide to leave Israel. If you really believe that there will be “no peace” until all Israeli Jews leave Israel, then I’m sorry- but in that case, YOU also join the ranks of the chronically, woefully unrealistic- and it is EXACTLY this sort of absurdist mentality, that has resulted in the present perpetual stalemate.

  • Robert:
    1. Do you deny that Hamas continues to insist on wiping out Israel?
    2. If you do actually acknowledge that Hamas continues to insist on wiping out Israel- then explain to me how this is not an obstacle to peace.

  • “False information”?? What exactly, of what I’ve said, do you find to be false???

    And if you think I’m a “Zionist troll”… I can’t put links in these comments (I’ve already tried, but comments with links won’t get published here), so I’m going to direct you to something now which will positively blow your mind: Please go to the Washington Post site, and search for the article “Time Out Tel Aviv marks 50 years of occupation with an issue devoted to Palestinians” (it was published just yesterday), and then sort the comments by “Newest First”- and my first one will show up as the 4th newest. I posted pretty much the identical comment as my first one here on your site- and please see the reactions that it got, and then my replies to those. (Seriously- I think you’ll be shocked senseless…)

  • Again- please see those comments that I posted to the Washington Post article, and you’ll see that my “lens” is “pro-objectivity/impartiality” (an exceptionally rare commodity on the Internet, I know- which is exactly what motivated me to start writing- to fill that gaping void…)