Mindful of centuries of European persecution of the Jewish people and the continuing plight of the Palestinian people
The Balfour Project
invites the government and people of the United Kingdom to :
• learn what the Balfour Declaration and Palestine mean for both Jews and Arabs
• acknowledge that whilst a homeland for the Jewish people has been achieved, the promise to protect the rights of the Palestinian people has not yet been fulfilled.
• urge the people and elected representatives of the UK to take effective action to promote justice, security and peace for both peoples.
IN November 1917 the government of Britain issued the Balfour Declaration which promised a homeland for the Jewish people in Palestine whilst also promising to protect the rights of the existing indigenous Arab population. However, in 1915 Britain had already promised the Arabs who supported them against the Ottomans, that after the war they would be granted independence in their lands, including Palestine.
Subsequent British governments upheld the promise to create a Jewish homeland but deliberately reneged on the promise to protect the rights of the Arab inhabitants.
Thus, a homeland for the Jewish people has been achieved but the League’s ‘Sacred Trust of Civilisation‘ to facilitate Palestinian independence is still to be fulfilled. Almost a hundred years ago the stage was set for a struggle to control the land that has intensified from that day to this.
The Balfour Project was created by British citizens to highlight Britain’s record in Palestine before and during its Mandate.
The Balfour Project aims to promote justice, peace and reconciliation in the Middle East and to acknowledge Britain’s continuing historical responsibilities towards Palestine through popular education and advocacy. The projects wants to persuade the British Government to recognise the state of Palestine alongside the state of Israel and uphold their equal rights.
They do this by running events and conferences, supporting Peace Advocacy Fellows, posting news on their website and similar activities.