Marking 100 years of infamous Balfour Declaration

30 Oct

Over 700,000 Palestinians were displaced from their homeland with the formation of Israel in Palestine in 1948

At 2pm this Saturday 4 November, we will be walking from Auckland’s Aotea Square (under clock tower) to Auckland Museum’s The Palestine Wall, to mark the centenary of the infamous Balfour Declaration.

This year marks one hundred years since the Balfour Declaration was issued and set in motion the process which led to the displacement and dispossession of millions of Palestinians over the course of ten decades.

Lord Balfour the United Kingdom’s Foreign Secretary declared in a letter dated 2 November 1917 to Lord Walter Rothschild, a leader of the British Jewish community, his support for a ‘Jewish national home in Palestine’.

In typical colonial fashion Palestine was to be given away to another people without consultation with the people living there for centuries.

There are now more than 5 million Palestinian refugees facing poverty and insecurity across the occupied Palestinian territories, Lebanon and Jordan, and in Syria.

The Gaza Strip and the West Bank have been under Israeli military occupation for 50 years; the West Bank is being colonised by illegal Jewish settlers, while the Gaza Strip has been declared in danger of becoming ‘uninhabitable’ by The United Nations after more than a decade of Israeli siege.

A century after Balfour, the Palestinians continue to be denied their basic rights to peace and security.

We ask New Zealanders to walk with us in solidarity of this grave injustice.

For more information, go to Facebook Events page: ‘The Injustice of Balfour’:  https://www.facebook.com/events/525229044494650/

  • Debbie Abbas for NZ Palestine Solidarity Network

 

One Response to “Marking 100 years of infamous Balfour Declaration”

  1. awekotuku@gmail.com November 2, 2017 at 11:21 am #

    And the cavalry charge at Beersheba. This happened in PALESTINE not in Israel. How dare they! Reenact what? For whom? It shames us all. Kia manawanui!

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