102nd anniversary of the fateful Belfour Declaration

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Mohammad Ali

102nd anniversary of the fateful Belfour Declaration (2 November 1917) overlooks us. Belfour constituted a historic injustice to a people who became the victim of the lust of imperialism, expansionism and ethnic cleansing whose fallout continues even after the passage of about one century by usurping more lands, violating the international resolutions that called for the establishment of the independent Palestinian state on the borders of 4th June 1967 with Al-Quds Al-Sharif as its capital, and the guarantee of the return of the refugees according to UN 194 resolution.

While the Government commends the huge sacrifices of the Palestinian people for a period of one century during which they offered thousands of martyrs, wounded and prisoners, it reiterates its commitment to its stances and policies. It is more determined and resolute until the achievement of freedom and independence. It demands Britain to expedite the removal of that historic injustice by correcting its historic mistake by recognizing the independent Palestinian state on the border of 4th June 1967 with Al-Quds Al-Sharif as its capital. It calls upon the international community to provide protection to the Palestinian people who continue to face various forms of aggression, settlements, looting their wealth, and ethnic cleansing in flagrant violation of all international resolutions which recognized their political and legal rights and the establishment of their state on their soil.

Britain has the responsibility to make a qualitative shift towards realizing the political rights of the people of Palestine and recognizing their State.

Marking 102 years of the Balfour Declaration should serve a reminder for the United Kingdom of its historical, political, moral, and legal responsibility to take substantive action and play a proactive role in the fulfillment of the national rights of the people of Palestine. To apologize for the resulting injustice of a colonialist statement that denied the Palestinian people their political rights, to recognize the State of Palestine, and to take proactive measures against Israel’s colonial-settlement enterprise, including its products, companies, and funding sources.

Such actions are not going to remediate all the consequences of the Balfour Declaration. Yet they will serve as a model for the rest of the international community to work for a just and lasting peace in Palestine, the Middle East, and the world.

What is happening on the ground today in occupied Palestine cannot be disconnected from the Balfour Declaration. Israel’s colonial agenda, supported by the Trump Administration, is precisely what Balfour envisioned 102 years ago: an overall Israeli control over the land of historic Palestine that can systematically deny the political rights of the Palestinian people and their right to self-determination.

We salute the international solidarity movement, civil society organizations, and popular initiatives working towards the achievement of our rights, defending the principles and core values of the global system and law, in the face of the reactionary wave of populism.

Only by implementing international law and UN resolutions, we will be able to face those forces that aim at imposing the law of the jungle, threatening the basic principles of peace, security, and stability.

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