‘Palestinians paying the price of British blunder…100 years on’

It was author George Orwell who once said: “In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act” and Philosopher Arthur Schonpenhaeur, wrote: “All truth passes through three stages, first it is ridiculed, second, it is violently opposed, third, it is accepted as self-evident.

Lord Balfour was a 33rd degree mason and without British masonry, there would be no modern state of Israel. The Balfour Declaration of 1917 was a sordid and evil document, embellished in chicanery and a betrayal of the rights of the Palestinian people.

It was Arnold J. Toynbee, British historian and a prolific writer who wrote the following on 1 June 1968: “In promising the Jews a national home in Palestine, the British Government was, I believe, using deliberate language. As a citizen of The United Kingdom, I declare this belief of mine with feelings of shame and contrition, but I do believe that this is the truth. The tragedy in Palestine is just not a local one; it is a tragedy for the world because it is an injustice that is a menace to world peace. Britain’s guilt is not diminished by the humiliating fact that she is now impotent to redress the wrong that she has done.”

This was written 49 years ago and since then Israel has graphically expanded three fold, and is still expanding geographically. This expansionist policy continues unabated, manifested in the charade of the “Peace Process” which allows Israel to continue its seizure of Arab land while simultaneously professing its pursuit of peace and ignoring international law and a multitude of binding United Nations resolutions.

The Balour Declaration effectively ignored the rights of the Palestinian people only stating that “Nothing shall be done which MAY prejudice the civil and religious rights of the non-Jewish communities. It ingenuously and deceptively did not identify the non-Jewish communities.

The effects and consequences of The Balfour Declaration is as prevalent today as they were 100 years ago. Elizabeth Monroe argued that: “It was the greatest mistake in our imperial history”. It was Sir John Chancellor who is on record as having said: “The Balfour Declaration was a colossal blunder. It has proved to be a catastrophe for the Palestinian people and gave rise to one of the most intense, bitter and protracted conflicts of modern times.

FAROUK ARAIE
BENONI

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