Published: 2017-11-03 11:32
Last Updated: 2017-11-03 14:14
On the centenary of the Balfour Declaration (November 2, 2017), people’s voices rose across the world, with some calling for celebrating the anniversary of creating the State of Israel, and others demanding an apology from Britain over the tragedy caused for the Palestinian people in particular.
Protests outside the British Embassy in Jordan
(Photo from Twitter)
In Amman, dozens of people gathered outside the British Embassy in Amman, to protest the Balfour Declaration, while expressing their anger over Britain’s decision and the suffering caused for Palestinians over the past 100 years.
Protesters carried banners condemning the declaration, and asked the British government to take responsibility for Palestinians’ suffering.
Protests in Ramallah and the West Bank
(Photo from Twitter)
In Ramallah and West Bank, many protests kicked off from the city center to the British Consulate, with many waving black flags and banners with slogans such as “100 years of Dispossession.”
Many smaller demonstrations took place in Jerusalem, Gaza and other cities in the West Bank.
Protests in South Africa and Europe
(Photo from Twitter/South Africa)
In Pretoria, South Africa, hundreds turned up to the EFFMarch in support of Palestine outside the Israeli Embassy, calling on the embassy to shut down and for South Africans to boycott Israeli products.
In addition, many European cities witnessed demonstrations, including Rome, Italy, and Dublin outside the British Embassy.
(Photo from Twitter/Rome, Italy)
Britain is divided between with and against Balfour
(Photo from Twitter/ London, Members of "Neturei Karta" protest against BalfourDeclaration, and Netanyahu's visit to the UK)
Many protests took place in Britain, dividing Britons between people against the declaration and people who were proud of it.
In London, Orthodox Rabbinical leaders gathered and prayed for God to “dismantle the State of Israel” as part of their protest against Balfour.
On the other hand, UK Prime Minister Theresa May hosted her Israeli counterpart, Benjamin Netanyahu, to celebrate the centenary of a British pledge that paved the way for Israel's creation, according to BBC.
They were expected to attend a dinner honouring the Balfour Declaration in London, after the UK refused to apologize for the Declaration and said that it was proud of its role in it.
“One hundred years after Balfour, the Palestinians should finally accept a Jewish national home and finally accept a Jewish state. And when they do, the road to peace will be infinitely closer and in my opinion, peace will be achievable,” Netanyahu told May, the Associated Press reported.
However, Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, a long-time critic of Israeli policy towards the Palestinians, declined an invitation to attend the dinner. Instead, he sent shadow Foreign Secretary Emily Thornberry in his place, the BBC said.
#Apologize Campaign on Social Media
On the centenary of the 1917 Declaration, the hashtag #MakeItRight (اعتذروا#) went viral on social media.
Activists demanded that Britain apologizes for the suffering caused to the Palestinians over the course of the past 100 years.