Palestinian Authority Plan To Sue Britain For 1917 Balfour Declaration

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Palestinian Authority Plans To Sue Britain For 1917 Balfour Declaration

Palestinian officials are planning to sue Britain over the 1917 Balfour Declaration which saw Arabs removed from their land to make way for the state of Israel.

A senior Palestinian diplomat has said that Britain is responsible for all Israeli war crimes since 1948 because it created the 1917 mandate which saw Arabs removed from their land to make way for the state of Israel.

Riyad al-Malki, the Palestinian Authority’s chief foreign minister, told the Arab League that Britain will be held to account for its part in what Palestinians still see as a cataclysmic event.

Originally signed by Arthur Balfour, the UK’s then Foreign Secretary, the agreement officially sanctioned the Zionist movement’s aims, leading to its later colonization of what was then the Ottoman-held territory of Palestine.

Britain has not yet publicly commented on the issue.

Haaretz reports:

The Balfour Declaration voiced Britain’s support for establishing “a national home for the Jewish people”; after World War I, the League of Nations, the predecessor to the UN, incorporated this goal into the British Mandate for Palestine.

Palestinian Foreign Minister Riad Malki announced the intention on Wednesday at the opening of the Arab League summit in the Mauritanian capital of Nouakchott. He was speaking on behalf of Abbas because the Palestinian leader is in mourning for his older brother, who died last week.

Malki said the suit would be filed in an international court.

A copy of the original Balfour Declaration at the Israel Museum. Credit: Uriel Cohen
A copy of the original Balfour Declaration at the Israel Museum. Credit: Uriel Cohen

In his speech, Malki reiterated Abbas’ support for the French peace initiative and urged the Arab states to support it. He also spoke out against regional cooperation with Israel, including on security issues, warning that this would lead to normalization before the main goal of ending the occupation and establishing a Palestinian state had been achieved.

The Palestinian warning against cooperation with Israel was spurred in particular by media reports of Israeli relations with Saudi Arabia, which was confirmed a few days ago when a Saudi delegation visited Israel. Israel is also thought to maintain cooperation with certain other Arab states that haven’t been named in the media.

Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan reacted to Malki’s speech, saying that it “sounded strange, but the direction is not accidental.”

Erdan claimed that is one just the opening salvo to 2017, a year that will mark 100 years since the Balfour Declaration and 50 years since the Six Day War


  1. About time some reality. Yes Britain must be held accountable for taking  Palestinian land and pay accordingly.

    • I didn’t know Israel is British property! I have another suggetion. I know it’s “crazy” and “wild” to even suggest, that maby, just maby, it is the Jews of Israel and their government that should be held

      accountable for the plottings of their ancestors and the ongoing military invasion of the Palestine? You know the people actually

      doing the atrocities and the pillaging in the Palestinian lands today. possibly I’m now an

      “antisemite” for saying this, but who cares what I am, it is true anyhow.

    • it is funny that all of a sudden UK is not behaving in EU and this is brought up even though it’s not the UK killing palestinians today. did they upset the zionist jews stupid NWO plans?

  2. What about the local Jewish population at that time, that took part in the plannig of the violent takeover of the lands and the property of the Palestinian people?
    What about the American government and the independent counterparts, who actually put in motion, the conspiracy to pillage the Palestinians of their posessions, for the questionable benefit of the Jews?
    The UK committed to the jewish plot against Palestinians, because President Churchill agreed to Lord Rothchild’s criminal precondition: to help establish the Jewish state of Israel, on the Palestinian lands, in exchange for American military support to win the war against Nazi Germany.

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