Londoners urged to protest 100th Anniversary of Balfour Declaration


Published: 2017-10-18 14:30

Last Updated: 2017-10-18 16:02

Image: Wikimedia Commons
Image: Wikimedia Commons
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Activists have called for protests in London against the 100th anniversary of the Balfour Declaration of 1917, when Britain promised to establish a Jewish national home in Palestine.

The London protests are part of a wider campaign to mark 100 years since the Balfour Declaration and to protest against the treatment of Palestinians by Israel.

Ben Jamal, Director of the Palestine Solidarity Campaign, one of the organisers of the protests, said: “The centenary of the Balfour Declaration reminds us of Britain’s historic complicity in establishing a process that has led to the dispossession of the Palestinian people.”

The upcoming anniversary has sparked debate in the UK as the country continues to wrestle with its history in the Middle East. Earlier this week, Transport for London, the body responsible for London’s public transport system, banned a series of adverts highlighting Palestinian objections to the Balfour Declaration, on the grounds that the issue is politically sensitive.

The British Prime Minister is due to host her Israeli counterpart, Benjamin Netanyahu, at a festive dinner to mark the Declaration, a decision that has been condemned by Palestinian advocacy groups in the UK.

Last year, the Palestinian president, Mahmoud Abbas, called on Britain to apologise for the Balfour Declaration.