RAMALLAH, (PIC)– Sunday, November 2, 2014, marks the 97th anniversary of the infamous Balfour Declaration, the first political recognition of Jews’ “right” to establish a national state over a land that has historically been Palestinians’ own and only home.
The decision came after British Foreign Secretary Arthur Balfour vowed on November 2, 1917, to grant Lord Rothschild, one of the most dishonorable leaders of the Zionist Movement, the right to establish a Jewish homeland in Palestine.
Below is the verbatim version of the Balfour Declaration:
Foreign Office, 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 the 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.
(Signed) Arthur James Balfour
The anniversary coincides with a recent vote by the British parliament in favor of a non-binding motion to recognize the state of Palestine, in a majority vote of 274-12.