I may disagree with some of their judgmental language, but it’s terrific that they accept historical reality: My [bracketed comments] sprinkled throughout.
Hamas: Balfour Declaration still impacting Palestinians
Gaza – Housing starts in Jewish-only settlements in the West Bank and Jerusalem are up 70 percent this year, despite the renewal of so-called ‘peace talks.” [Fox Butterfield, is that you?]
More than 550,000 Jewish colonizing settlers have moved onto Palestinian land, in attempts to Judaize and confiscate what is left of Palestine. All of this is started with a 64-word letter that British Foreign Minister Arthur James Balfour wrote to the Zionist Federation of Great Britain, via Lord Rothschild. [Yay!]
Since the Balfour Declaration was made on Nov. 2, 1917, more than 7 million Palestinians have been made refugees and thousands are dead. The Balfour Declaration instantly changed the fate of Palestine and began the Zionists’ process of ethnically cleansing Palestinians from their homeland, which continues until today. [I suspect that almost every Arab alive on Nov. 2, 1917 is now dead. As is Lord Balfour and Lord Rothschild.]
This sad date in history is a reminder of the injustice done to the Palestinian people in 1917, with the United Nation’s partition of Palestine in 1947, the creation of the so-called “State of Israel” in 1948, and Israel’s occupation of the remainder of historic Palestine – the West Bank, Jerusalem and Gaza – in 1967.
Don’t forget the adoption of the Balfour Declaration by the League of Nations! The State of Israel has been blessed by the international community—twice!
Bless Hamass, they even print the historic document themselves:
November 2nd, 1917
Dear Lord Rothschild,
I have much pleasure in conveying to you, on behalf of His Majesty’s Government, the following declaration of sympathy with Jewish Zionist aspirations which has been submitted to, and approved by, the Cabinet.
“His Majesty’s Government view with favour the establishment in Palestine of a national home for the Jewish people, and will use their best endeavours to facilitate the achievement of this object, it being clearly understood 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.”
I should be grateful if you would bring this declaration to the knowledge of the Zionist Federation.
Arthur James Balfour
I still get a chill reading that. Typically, the British did nothing to follow up on it—in fact, they quickly reneged on the Trans-Jordan territorial promise—and the Jews that survived a pan-continental pogrom had to take back by force the land promised them by man and God. But still, it’s the thought that counts.
Anyway, who needs Britain’s permission or a gun when shekels would do?
The Balfour Declaration merely acknowledged a millennial truth: the Jews had lived, and would forever live, in the Holy Land, since Moses led them there in fulfillment of God’s promise to Abraham. I am not religious, but I accept that as the starting place for all discussions of who displaced whom.