VIDEO: Palestinian rights activist tears down painting of Arthur Balfour


Published: 2024-03-08 18:50

Last Updated: 2024-06-24 02:48

The moment of tearing and defacing a Balfour painting by a supporter of Palestinian rights
The moment of tearing and defacing a Balfour painting by a supporter of Palestinian rights

A video clip showed the moment when a supporter of Palestinian rights erased and tore down a painting of Arthur Balfour hanging at Trinity College, one of the colleges of the University of Cambridge in England.

The history of the painting dates back to 1914 and depicts Arthur Balfour, the author of the infamous declaration issued on November 2, 1917, promising the establishment of a "national home for the Jewish people in Palestine," which was seen as marking a qualitatively different phase in the division of the Arab world, following the Sykes-Picot Agreement that solidified the partitioning of Arab lands and its reproduction in each new stage of the colonial Western conflict to perpetuate the fragmentation of the Arab nation.

The "Palestine Action" movement, known for aiming to "dismantle British complicity," stated that Britain's ongoing support for colonization in Palestine has not waned since 1917.

The Balfour Declaration is a pivotal milestone in British policy towards the Arab lands from the late 19th century to the present day.

The formal partitioning of the Arab region, specifically in the Eastern Mediterranean area, began with the Sykes-Picot Agreement in 1916, followed by the Balfour Declaration in 1917, and concluded with the Treaty of Sevres in 1920, then the Treaty of Sevres II in 1923, which cemented the initial division.

Under the Treaty of Sevres II, France relinquished Mosul to the British, becoming part of Iraq, and ceded the region of Cilicia and the Sanjak of Alexandretta to the Turks in exchange for ending the war that persisted between the Allies and the Turks even after the end of World War I.