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Today marks one hundred years since Britain signed a declaration that ultimately led to calamitous effects. Although the original motives behind the Balfour Declaration were to some extent understandable, its impact went far beyond the original scope of the letter.
November 02, 2017 - 14:43 GMT
A hundred and forty characters can hold a lot of power in a tweet, yet a century ago today, 67 words eventually decided the fate of millions. In 1917, a written letter from a British government official on behalf of his King was used to give European Jews a long awaited state of their own years later in Palestine - but it also robbed over seven million Palestinians of their home and self determination.
Israeli military spokesmen have declined to comment (AFP/File)
November 02, 2017 - 10:00 GMT
Syrian regime forces had responded to the incursion with anti-aircraft fire, a Lebanese security official said.
A banner protesting the Balfour Document (AFP/File)
November 01, 2017 - 13:38 GMT
Palestinian protesters marched from the southern to northern ends of the city, until they reached Israel’s separation wall. Protesters set up an effigy of Arthur Balfour, the author of the declaration, beating and throwing shoes at the figure.
Before retaliating against Israel, Hamas first wants to reconcile with the Fatah party, which controls the Palestinian Authority (AFP/File)
November 01, 2017 - 09:56 GMT
A Hamas leader on Tuesday promised revenge -- but not immediately -- for the deaths of seven Palestinians when Israel blew up an attack tunnel that stretched into its territory.
A map showing illegal settlement expansion in the West Bank in 2007 (Wikimedia)
October 31, 2017 - 15:03 GMT
The impact of the Balfour Declaration can still be seen today in the philosophy of gaining “as much land as possible with as few Palestinians on it - and [...] as many Zionists, or now Israelis, on it”.
 The Israeli army spokesperson reportedly said that the army had “no intention of escalating matters
October 31, 2017 - 07:41 GMT
At least seven Palestinians were killed, and 12 others were wounded after Israeli forces blew up an underground tunnel between the southern Gaza Strip and Israel on Monday, according to Palestinian and Israeli sources.
The dividing wall in Israel/Palestine, AFP/File
October 30, 2017 - 14:24 GMT
The Balfour Declaration turns 100 soon, but it is only one of many agreements and deals that helped to divide the Middle East
According to Palestinian prisoner rights group Addameer, 300 Palestinian minors are held in Israeli prisons (AFP/File)
October 25, 2017 - 11:29 GMT
Young Palestinian Jerusalemites detained by Israeli police are made vulnerable by late-night arrests, lengthy interrogations and a lack of access to their parents or lawyers, Israeli rights groups said in a statement on Wednesday.
The sentenced man was suspected of having had several meetings with more than eight Mossad officers (Shutterstock/File)
October 25, 2017 - 06:48 GMT
Iran has sentenced to death an individual suspected of cooperating with Israel's Mossad spy agency and providing information to it, Tehran’s prosecutor Abbas Ja’afari Dolatabadi says.
Israel announced plans for 1,292 settler units in the occupied West Bank (AFP/File)
October 24, 2017 - 05:00 GMT
While the Arab world is deep in unrest, Israel is insidiously working to implant more settlements in the West Bank, which Israel occupied in 1967 and which is the putative part of a future Palestinian state.
Police accused the arrested of throwing rocks and petrol bombs at Israeli armed forces (AFP/FIle)
October 23, 2017 - 09:27 GMT
Israeli police rounded up 51 Palestinians in an occupied East Jerusalem neighborhood in overnight raids Sunday, police said in a statement.
The Israeli delegation left the talks following the remarks by Al-Ghanim (pictured above) and several other parliamentarians in the midst of applause (AFP/File)
October 19, 2017 - 11:30 GMT
National Assembly Speaker Marzouq Al-Ghanim sternly told the Israeli delegation that participated in the IPU conference to leave after hearing the latter’s comments on the Palestinian lawmakers languishing in jail.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (Shutterstock/File)
October 17, 2017 - 11:03 GMT
Israel will continue to cooperate with the Palestinian Authority (PA) even if its leading faction Fatah completes a unity deal with Hamas, which Israel has publicly opposed, Israeli newspaper Haaretz reported Tuesday.
The Israeli military said it holds the Syrian regime responsible for any anti-aircraft fire (Shutterstock/File)
October 16, 2017 - 12:50 GMT
Israel struck a Syrian anti-aircraft battery near Damascus on Monday after missiles were fired at Israeli reconnaissance planes earlier, the military said.
This is the first time in months that such an incident occurs (AFP/File)
October 16, 2017 - 11:00 GMT
ISIS has claimed responsibility for the two rockets launched from Egypt’s restive Sinai Peninsula which landed in southern Israel’s Eshkol Regional Council Sunday night, marking the first time in months that such an incident occurred.
Palestinians fill bottles and jerrycans with drinking water from public taps at the Rafah refugee camp in southern Gaza Strip, on February 22, 2017. (Said Khatib/AFP/File)
October 14, 2017 - 06:00 GMT
Palestinians rejoice over long-awaited unity deal that will breath some life into the suffocated territory.