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Balfour Declaration and the Palestinian Issue

In the early of 20th century, on Nov 02, 1917, British government issued a favorable agreement for Israel, at that time the United Kingdom led by King Lloyd George, the agreement known as the “Balfour Declaration”. But unfortunately, the agreement was inflict a financial loss to the Palestinian people and Arab-Muslims there, this agreement which later became the forerunner to the establishment of the focus of attention of Arab regimes and Muslim people around the world on the Palestinian issue, which became the most important issue in the history of Islamic civilization. Then the spirit of struggle has been called and establish the Islamic front to cleanse the holy and blessed land from the impurities, also stop the invaders were arbitrarily occupied Palestine under the pretext of the Balfour agreement.

Balfour is the name of the British Prime Minister in 1902-1905; Arthur James Balfour was the signatories of Balfour Declaration. The Balfour Declaration was the manuscript text that he sent to Lord Walter Rothschild on the support of British ministers and also the approval of the King of England, the letter announced the support of the UK over the establishment of Jewish homeland in Palestine.

When this agreement has been signed, the number of Israelis who lived in Palestine only 5% of the total population. Balfour letter sent to Rothschild, a month before the British occupation of Palestine. For that reason, the Balfour Declaration referred to by Palestinians and Muslims as “the agreement of people who have no land for unauthorized people.”

Text 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 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.

Yours sincerely,

Arthur James Balfour

The Balfour Declaration and the Palestinian issues:

The Balfour Declaration had a profound effect on the Palestinian issues, here is why:

1.       As a primary mandate for the empowerment of Zionist Israel in Palestine. Previously the Israelis hold conferences to decide which region to establish their ‘state’, one of them was the Basel conference, but this conference has no results. Then the Balfour Declaration became a regional force for Zionist Israel as well as their protective containers to increase their numbers and strengthen their illegal state in Palestine.

2.      Increase the number of Jews in Palestine. Which at first the number of Jews in Palestine was very few, but it was increase time by time.  There were big immigration waves through the support of regional powers.

3.      This declaration issued when the Ottoman Empire was getting weakened by its defeat in World War I and the divisions in Arabs and Islamic countries. It was simplify the Zionist Israel to establish their existence, it was continued until the Jewish existence in the land of Palestine as a frightening cancer on the body of the Islamic Ummah and as a poison that continues to spread schism and hostility in the Arabs and Islamic nations.

(Eishaa Haneyya/Aspac for Palestine)