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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.

We have created a Timeline covering Britain’s involvement in Palestine, below is the first of 10 A1 panels.

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Recent articles

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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