UK owes Palestinians an apology, says BAC

Published February 19th, 2017 - 09:55 GMT
Photograph of the Israeli settlement of Har Homa, East Jerusalem.
Photograph of the Israeli settlement of Har Homa, East Jerusalem.

The Balfour Apology Campaign (BAC) has circulated a petition calling for the United Kingdom to apologize to the Palestinian people for the Balfour Declaration and to champion peace in Israel-Palestine. The campaign is petitioning for Great Britain to recognize the harm done by their policies in Palestine during the years of 1917 and 1948 that all started with a little letter from Arthur James Balfour.

The BAC argues that Britain’s policy in the region led to the mass exodus of hundreds of thousands of Palestinians in the year of 1948 during the formation of Israel. It also asserts that the former colonial power’s politics were completely dismissive of the best interests of the Palestinians and calls on Her Majesty’s Government (HMG) to admit to the wrongs committed and the resulting century of trials and tribulations for Palestinians. Alongside the BAC, the Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has also condemned the declaration and demanded an apology from the UK.

The petition comes in the wake of an invitation by UK Prime Minister Theresa May to Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, to attend celebrations of the declaration in London later this year. November 2, 2017 marks the declaration’s hundred year anniversary.

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