Everything wrong with Theresa May’s ridiculous assertion that we should feel proud of the Balfour Declaration

Let’s remember what the document actually said in 1917 – and consider what the Israeli ambassador to the UK said this week

So now it’s time for us all to follow Theresa May’s bone-headed suggestion that we feel “proud” of the iniquitous Balfour Declaration on its hundredth anniversary this week. The Israelis will be celebrating – and why not, for it set Britain’s seal on the future Israeli state in Palestine. Perhaps Israel would not have been created without it. But the fearful suffering and tragedy of the Palestinian refugees which was to follow in the coming years suggest that the Balfour letter – through its very wording – was certain to create a terrible wrongdoing which to this day curses the place we used to call the Holy Land.

Even more disgraceful than May’s foolish words – for many Britons may well feel shame or prefer silence when they contemplate this episode of history – were Mark Regev’s remarks this week that citizens of the United Kingdom, to which he is currently accredited as ambassador – are “extremists” if they oppose the Balfour Declaration.

Thus, the man whose nauseous excuses for the slaughter in Gaza we had to put up with when he was an Israeli government spokesperson, continues that “those who oppose the Balfour Declaration are exposing themselves for the extremists they are. If you oppose a Jewish national home, that means you think Israel should be destroyed. And let’s be clear: that’s the position of the Iranian government; that’s the position of terrorist groups like Hezbollah and Hamas.”

So I get it. Instead of giving the Israeli ambassador a dressing down for such undiplomatic language towards her own citizens, May preferred to keep a cowardly silence while Israel’s ambassador told us what to think about the Balfour Declaration – and that if we didn’t agree with him, we were all extremists, terrorists, and therefore presumably antisemites, racists, Nazis, not to mention sympathisers of Hamas.

READ MORE HERE:   http://www.independent.co.uk/voices/balfour-declaration-theresa-may-israel-jewish-homeland-zionism-benjamin-netanyahu-visit-downing-a8033151.html

1 reply

  1. Thank you to Robert Fisk for this article. There certainly is nothing to be proud of. Israel should never have been created. The Zionists are working on a complete take-over of the area, expansion has been on the agenda for a long time. And now Trump has jumped on the bandwagon, we have to worry what the future will hold for the Palestinians, whose homes have been destroyed, and are continuing to be destroyed to make room for Israeli settlers. Of course, the objective is to be rid of all Palestinians. It’s a sad and unjust story.

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