The Balfour Declaration’s Century Of Turmoil

Great Britain’s Balfour Declaration — a century ago — laid the groundwork for a Zionist state in the Middle East and led to the purging of millions of Palestinians from what became Israel, a human rights crisis that continues to roil the Middle East to this day.

I caught up with noted Palestinian human rights campaigner Mustafa Barghouti in San Francisco where he was lecturing on the Balfour Declaration, a letter from British Foreign Secretary Arthur Balfour published on Nov. 9, 1917, and promising a Jewish homeland. The letter came during World War I while Great Britain was at war with Turkey’s Ottoman Empire.

In June 2002, Dr. Barghouti co-founded the Palestinian National Initiative, and currently serves as its Secretary-General.

Dennis Bernstein: What was the significance of the Balfour Declaration and what does it mean to the Palestinian people?

Mustafa Barghouti: The Balfour Declaration was a major historical crime committed against the Palestinian people.  It was a crime that led to a series of other crimes, including the ethnic cleansing of the Palestinian people in 1948, when 70% of the population were displaced and forced to leave their country.  There are still 6 million refugees spread all over the world.  It led to the occupation of the West Bank and Gaza and Jerusalem in 1967.

But most importantly, the Balfour Declaration was a racist act that discriminated against 90% of the population of Palestine.  It gave 10% of the population the right to a homeland and deprived the Palestinians of that right.  The result is what we see today, which is a system of apartheid that is much worse than what existed in South Africa.

I believe the Balfour Declaration was also a crime against the Jewish people.

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  • Brewerstroupe

    “It is often said that the Arabs fled, that they left the country voluntarily, and that they therefore bear the responsibility for losing their property and their land. It is true that in history there are some instances — in Rome and in France during the Revolutions when enemies of the state were proscribed and their property confiscated. But in general international law, the principle holds true that no citizen loses his property or his rights of citizenship; and the citizenship right is de facto a right to which the Arabs in Israel have much more legitimacy than the [European] Jews. Just because the Arabs fled? Since when is that punishable by confiscation of property and by being barred from returning to the land on which a people’s forefathers have lived for generations? Thus, the claim of the Jews to the land of Israel cannot be a realistic political claim. If all nations would suddenly claim territories in which their forefathers had lived two thousand years ago, this world would be a madhouse. … I believe that, politically speaking, there is only one solution for Israel, namely, the unilateral acknowledgement of the obligation of the State towards the Arabs — not to use it as a bargaining point, but to acknowledge the complete moral obligation of the Israeli State to its former inhabitants of Palestine.”

    – Eric Fromm.

    Jewish Newsletter [New York] (19 May 1959); quoted in Prophets in Babylon (1980) by Marion Woolfson, p. 13.

    • Zaphod Braden

      “The Zionist version of the Palestinian exodus is a myth manufactured after the cataclysm took place. If the Zionists could show that the refugees had really fled without cause, at the express instructions of their own politicians, they would greatly erode the world’s sympathy for their plight — and, in consequence, the pressure on themselves to allow them to return. Thus in public speeches and scholarly-looking pamphlets they peddled this myth the world over. It was not until 1959 that the Palestinian scholar Walid Khalidi, exposed it for what it is. His painstaking researches were independently corroborated by an Irish scholar, Erskine Childers, two years later. Together, they demonstrated that the myth was not just a gross misrepresentation of accepted or even plausible facts; the very ‘facts’ themselves had been invented. Orders for the evacuation of the civilian population had not simply been issued, the Zionists said, they had been broadcast over Arab radio stations. One had come from the Mufti himself. This was the cornerstone of the Zionist case. Yet when these two scholars took the trouble to examine the record — to go through the specially opened archives of Arab governments, contemporary Arabic newspapers and the radio monitoring reports of both the BBC and the CIA — they found that no such orders had been issued, let alone broadcast, and that when challenged to produce chapter-and-verse evidence, the date and origin of just one such order, the Zionists, with all the apparatus of the State of Israel now at their disposal, were quite unable to do so. They found, on the contrary, that Arab and Palestinian authorities had repeatedly called on the people to stay put and the Arab radio services had consistently belittled the true extent of Zionist atrocities.”
      —David Hirst, The Gun and the Olive Branch, Faber, 1977, pp. 136-7.

      • Zaphod Braden

        Today we are witnessing the SECOND, slow motion, Israeli SHOAH of the People of Palestine..
        The Canaanites/Amorites/Philistines/Midianites/PALESTINIANS were in PALESTINE long before ABRAHAM passed through from Babylon/Ur ……Israel’s “claim” to Palestine is based entirely on War Crimes and GENOCIDE.

        “The Holocaust is the Holy Grail of white guilt.”
        The Jews BRAG about and SELF DOCUMENT THEIR “holocausting” others and then “PLACE A YOKE” on Gentiles for SUPPOSEDLY doing the exact same thing to them.
        Everything they claim the nazis did is an EXACT COPY of their own self-recorded acts/history..
        Deuteronomy 7:16, 20:16 “And thou shalt consume all the peoples which the Lord thy God shall deliver unto thee; thine eye shall not pity them…thou shalt save alive nothing that breatheth.”

        Numbers c.5 v.2-4
        Leviticus c.20 v.13 well, really the whole chapter
        Exodus c.32 v.27
        Numbers c.11 v.1-2
        Numbers c.16 all
        Numbers c.21 v.5-6
        Numbers v.26 v.10
        KILL anyone who engages in “DIVERSITY” or “INTEGRATION”
        Numbers v25 v.4-8
        Deuteronomy c.14 v.2
        SEXUALLY ENSLAVE any females “who have not KNOWN a man”
        a very brief selection, many more in THEIR book.
        Numbers c.21 v.03 Canaanites
        Numbers c.21 v.24 Amorites
        Numbers c.21 v.33-35 Bashan
        Numbers c.31 all Midianites
        Numbers c.32 v. more Amorites
        Deuteronomy c.2 v.34 People of Heshbon
        Deuteronomy c.3 v.6 really the whole chapter. threescore cities
        Joshua c.12 A list of victims of Israeli GENOCIDE
        Numbers c.21 v.25
        Numbers c.32 v.39
        Numbers c.33 v.53
        (just to name a FEW)
        Numbers c.33 v.31-34
        Deuteronomy c.7 v.2
        Deuteronomy c.12 v.28-30
        Deuteronomy c.20 v.11-16
        Deuteronomy c.2 v.2
        Deuteronomy c.7 v.1
        Jews SELF-anointed “The CHOSEN People of GOD”
        Nazis SELF-anointed “The CHOSEN People of GENETICS”.
        TODAY Israel states that it is creating “A PURE Jewish State”
        YESTERDAY the Nazis were creating “A PURE German State”
        Israel a SOCIALIST state.
        Nazis a SOCIALIST state.
        And they utterly destroyed all that was in the city, both man and woman, young and old, and ox, and sheep, and ass, with the edge of the sword . . . (Joshua 6:21)
        For modern day reinforcement of these “rules” research/google “the KINGS TORAH”

        By the way —-
        Book of Numbers Chap 31 —- Human sacrifice of 32 WOMEN
        [40] And the persons were sixteen thousand; of which the LORD’s tribute was thirty and two persons.
        [41] And Moses gave the tribute, which was the LORD’s heave offering, unto Eleazar the priest, as the LORD commanded Moses.
        ” the LORD’s tribute was thirty and two persons.”
        “the tribute, which was the LORD’s heave offering”
        a “heave offering” was the dismembered quarter of the sacrifice HEAVED into the air.

  • Milly Vanilly

    WHY…do they NOT MENTION that it was Lord Benjamin Rothschild that PURCHASED THAT LAND originally ?
    Probably because THEN SHEEPLE would start to REALIZE that the Rothschild Family Cabal (Khazarian Zionists) are the ones that have financed/guided & helped to BUILD Israel. THEY have partial or majority ownership in approximately 50 Israeli cities (which are shell corporations). Also the fact that THEY own/control 19 of America’s LARGEST banks…..does anyone SEE the pattern ? Israel is America’s smallest LARGE ALLY….WE support the Rothschilds CABAL. These WARS are ALL a Smoke & (broken. revolving) mirrors SHOW to KEEP the RICH Criminals drowning in money & power. George Soros is the PR lizard for the Rothschilds…THAT is WHY he will NEVER EVER be convicted of ANY Criminal behavior, He is TOO WELL shielded & protected by the Rothschilds, CIA & Deep State.

    • Joseph Conrad



  • Zaphod Braden

    WHY are my taxes going to people who SPIT on MY GOD?
    Every year YOU give $4+ BILLION of your taxes to Israel.
    Israel where Israelis SPIT everytime they see a CROSS or Priest..
    Israel who, if it acknowleges The Christ at all, claims HE is boiling in excrement in Hell
    Then “your” politicians give some bogus excuse why they HAVE to take a trip to Israel.
    Then they come back with STUFFED SUITCASES .
    How much of YOUR money is being used to BRIBE “your” politicians?
    YOUR taxes coming back to YOUR country in “your” politician’s pockets, so they will vote to give MORE money to those who HATE Jesus.
    According to the Balfour Declaration the “Jewish homeland” is to be located in PALESTINE……. but Jews insist there is NO SUCH THING as PALESTINE ……. therefore Israel is immediately ANNULLED.
    Israel demands the Palestinians “recognize Israel’s right to exist” —-
    How can People that “Do not EXIST” recognize their DENIER’S “right to exist”?!
    Israel DENIES that Palestinians even EXIST!
    Where is Israel’s Recognition of the PALESTINIAN’S EXISTANCE!?
    Palestinian DENIERS are Christ DENIERS.
    Israel is attempting to create a MYTH that the Palestinians “do not exist”
    That is standard “dehumanizing prior to exterminating”
    Israel also DENIES Jesus Christ.
    WHEN Israel acknowledges HIM at all
    Israel calls Jesus “the BASTARD of a Roman soldier and Mary, a PROSTITUTE”
    Israel claims that JESUS is in HELL, boiling in excrement.
    Israel DENIES the Human and Spiritual Equality of NON-Jews with Jews.
    Israel is a HUMANITY DENIER.