Peer calls for Balfour apology

The BBC reports, ‘A peer has called on the government to apologise for the “suffering” of Palestinians, 100 years after the Balfour Declaration. The UK government declaration was the first commitment by a world power to a “Jewish national home” in Palestine. Lord Warner said the UK had failed to protect the rights of non-Jewish people in the region and should apologise.

. . . In November 1917, the then British Foreign Secretary, Arthur Balfour, wrote a letter to Lord Rothschild, a leader of the Jewish community in Britain. It became an important element in the movement to create a Jewish state in Palestine, which culminated in the establishment of the state of Israel in 1948.”

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