Report of Britain in Palestine – 70 Years on.
A 20-page booklet is now available containing the speeches at the conference of the Balfour Project in partnership with King’s College London (see below). The booklet also includes the Balfour Centenary Declaration, which has now been signed by 141 British public figures including 83 Members of the British Parliament.
….the act of recognition of the State of Palestine alongside Israel by the international community led by the British government, is essential. Almost 101 years ago, the Balfour Declaration handed to the Zionist leadership Israel’s birth certificate. Today there is need for yet another show of leadership by the British government: recognise Palestine.
Ambassador (Ret) Alon Liel, former head of Israeli Foreign Ministry calls for Britain to recognise Palestine
The Balfour Project’s conference commemorating the 70th anniversary of the creation of Israel and the Nakba was a remarkable event. Below is a 20-minute YouTube of highlights.
Held in May in partnership with King’s College London, the conference took place at Bush House in the Strand. Over 200 participants heard heart-felt talks from Israeli, Palestinian and British people active in the struggle for justice and reconciliation in the region.
The focus was on Britain – the role Britain played leading up to the events of 1948, and what Britain can do now.
One speaker – Alon Liel, former Director-General of the Israeli Foreign Ministry – was subsequently invited to write an article for The Guardian, which was published under the heading, ‘The UK must act to counter Trump’s destructive Jerusalem decision’. In the article he outlines why he believes that Britain’s recognition of Palestine as a sovereign state would bolster hopes of peace in the Middle East and preserve Israeli democracy.