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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, and in particular its role there in the first half of the twentieth century.

The Balfour Project accordingly invites the government and people of the United Kingdom

– to learn what the Balfour Declaration and Palestine mean for both Arabs and Jews,

-to acknowledge that whilst a homeland for the Jewish people has been achieved, the promise to protect the rights of the Palestinian people has not been fulfilled,

-and to urge effective action to promote justice, security and peace for Israelis and Palestinians.

Some recent papers

Palestine 1948: Britain Surrenders to Terror

Balfour speaking to Brandeis in 1919 :“Palestine presents a unique situation, which inevitably excludes numerical self-determination.  We are definitely building for a Jewish numerical majority in the future”. .

The manner in which the British withdrawal took place was not only unprecedented, it was politically – and morally – quite shameful. Read more

Palestine and Britain: forgotten legacy of World War I that devastated the Middle East

When the world marked the 100th anniversary of the Armistice, millions fell silent to remember the pain and sacrifice of that conflict.

But another anniversary that fell this year – that of the end of the British Mandate for Palestine in 1948, a seminal moment in a conflict that continues to this day – has been largely ignored. It should not be. Britain’s role was pivotal – and, if it is forgotten in the UK, it is remembered in Middle East.

And the best book about the Balfour Declaration is…

Times letter, 13 September – The Oslo Accords, 25 years on: time to recognise the state of Palestine alongside Israel

“Sir, It is painful now to recall the hope we had in the Oslo Accords. Twenty-five years on, cynicism and resignation rule. The Israeli occupation since 1967 has become so entrenched that it is hard to see  beyond it. There is a better way, …” Read More

Balfour Centenary Declaration

The centenary of the Balfour Declaration is the time to reconcile peace with justice for both Israelis and Palestinians, consistent with the principle Britain claims as her own: equal rights for all under the law. … Read More

Report of Britain in Palestine – 70 Years on.

20-page booklet is now available containing the speeches at the conference of the Balfour Project in partnership with King’s College London May 2018. 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. Copies are available from media@balfourproject.org. We are happy to supply up to 5 copies free of charge to help the growth in understanding of the challenges facing Israel and Palestine. Please send your address and the number you would like. We are a volunteer organisation, with meagre resources, and  we need your support so please:

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