Arab League Urges Britain to Correct Balfour “Mistake”, Recognize Palestinian State

Arab League Urges Britain to Correct Balfour “Mistake”, Recognize Palestinian State

A protest against the Balfour Declaration. (File photo via social media)

The League of Arab States(LAS) on Monday dubbed the Balfour pledge a historical mistake and called on Britain to recognize the Palestinian state .

LAS made the statement to mark the 103rd anniversary of the Balfour Declaration, issued by the British government in 1917 during the First World War, announcing support for the establishment of a "national home for the Jewish people" in Palestine.

LAS described the Balfour Declaration as "a historical mistake that Britain should correct."

The pan-Arab body said that "the fair and comprehensive peace could be only achieved by establishing a Palestine state based on the international legitimate decisions and the Arab Peace Initiative."

It deemed the Balfour Declaration as the "beginning of the century's tragedy" that harmed the Palestinian people, the owner of the land, and produced the crisis of the migration and displacement."

The statement stressed its full support to the Palestinian people in their fair struggle, slamming the Israeli violations of Palestinian rights and illegal settlement activity.

More than a century on, millions of Palestinian refugees continue to grapple with the devastating upshots of the Balfour Declaration, which led to a significant upheaval in the lives of Palestinians.

Issued on November 2, 1917, the declaration turned the Zionist aim of establishing a Jewish state in Palestine into a reality when Britain publicly pledged to establish "a national home for the Jewish people" there.

The pledge came in the form of a letter from Britain's then-foreign secretary, Arthur Balfour, addressed to Lionel Walter Rothschild, a figurehead of the British Jewish community.

Though the Balfour Declaration included the admonition that "nothing shall be done which may prejudice the civil and religious rights of existing non-Jewish communities in Palestine", the British mandate was set up in a way to equip Jews with the tools to establish self-rule, at the expense of the Palestinian Arabs.

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