Majed AlZeir - PRC Director
More than a century on, the Palestinians continue to stand on guard to the Balfour Declaration and similar conspiracies targeting their land and rights, Director of the Palestinian Return Centre (PRC), Majed AlZeir, has said.
In statements released on the 102nd anniversary of the Balfour Declaration, AlZeir said Palestinians’ right of return and national unity should never be turned into bargaining chips.
“The Nakba generations who grew up in refugee camps or in the diaspora will never give up their right of return to their homeland and native towns from which they have been displaced since 1948”, stated PRC’s director.
“Israel’s counterfeit narratives and self-proclaimed state will never succeed to force the Palestinians to throw in the towel,” he added. “The anti-occupation struggle will only be brought to an end when the Palestinians retrieve their rights and lands from the river to the sea.”
AlZeir hailed Palestinian demonstrators gathering near Gaza’s border perimeter since late March 2018 to demand their inalienable right of return.
The Balfour Declaration, which led to a significant upheaval in the lives of Palestinians, was 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.