The aims and objectives of the Balfour Project

The Balfour Project hopes to achieve a much greater public awareness of Britain’s historic and current responsibilities in the Middle East

Bishops call for the application of international law in the Holy Land to enable peace and political progress as situation worsens.

The Holy Land Coordination, a group of Catholic Bishops and the Anglican Bishop of Southwark, visit the Holy Land each January at the request of His Holiness the Pope. They visited the West Bank and Gaza. The delegation is led by a patron of the Balfour Project – Bishop Declan Lang – and includes Balfour Project patron Bishop Christopher Chessun.

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Balfour Project is looking for a  Programme Coordinator.

John McHugo provides an important clarification of the status of West Bank settlements under international law

We have just added a link to the Parallel Histories videos for teaching history in conflict. and to a teaching resource developed in Scotland Palestine and Israel, understanding the conflict

The full 10 A1 panels in our Timeline exhibition are now shown.

Tim Llewellyn reviews the book by Bernard Regan The Balfour Declaration: Empire the Mandate and Resistance in Palestine

Articles touching on the subject of recognition of Palestine are reprinted here: Scottish Parliament endorses Balfour Project Call to Action Sept 3rd 2019, Vincent Fean writing in the Conservative Middle East Council web site on  Israel’s election, Palestine, and Britain’s best response: Equal Rights, and 115 British Parliamentarians writing to the Times .  Tony Klug writes:   Is There a Plausible Alternative to The Two-State Solution?  and Ian Black: Britain needs to recognise Palestine as an independent state :”It’s time to get off the fence and resolve this most toxic of global conflicts.”

We continue to add articles on British and American actions pre 1948. Tim Llewellyn  reviews Legacy of Empire. Earlier reviews include Ian Black review of  Mathew Hughes on the British suppression of the Arab revolt of 1936-39.  Hughes summarises the British army’s pacification as ‘devastatingly effective,’ based on emergency laws that went unchallenged because of the absence of any indigenous legislature (and which were inherited by the state of Israel in 1948). Charles Glass examines Tom Segev’s “One Palestine, Complete”, and “Ploughing Sand”, by Naomi Shepherd; John McHugo reviews the seminal “Palestine: the Reality”, by J.M.N.Jeffries. These are just some of the Book Reviews on the site.

William Mathew has three articles on the recognition of Israel by the United States in 1948 Part l, Part ll and Part lll and he has added a private memo by Evan Wilson secretary to Anglo American Committee of Inquiry in Palestine.  These join two earlier papers by Mathew where he compares the work of two Jewish historians on the long-term effects of the inter-communal violence and harsh response by British forces which rocked Palestine in 1929. Mathew explores their markedly different approaches.

But do read some of the older articles such as Anthony Nutting’s Britain in Palestine, a legacy of deceit one of the first papers put on the site but still in the most read.


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The Balfour Project website is a forum for open and responsible debate on Britain’s role in the history of Israel and Palestine, its continuing responsibility to work for equal rights, and feasible solutions or outcomes.   The site is intended to raise awareness, increase knowledge and inform policy discussion. The Project will be careful to ensure that articles, postings, book reviews and other contributions are acceptable within the terms of its own aims and ethos. It stresses, however, that the Project’s Trustees do not necessarily share the views of individual contributors.

Balfour Project (www.balfourproject.org) is a Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation (SCIO)  SC 047090

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