#مباشر : بعد مرور مئة عام على وعده … نشطاء يقذفون بلفور بالاحذية قرب البرج العسكري الاسرائيلي شمال بيت لحمتصوير عبد الرحمن يونس
JERUSALEM — One-hundred years after Arthur James Balfour issued a declaration on behalf of the British authorities supporting the “establishment of a national homeland for the Jewish people in Palestine,” a small group of Palestinian protesters in Bethlehem burned an effigy of the British international secretary and beat it with their footwear.
Published on the Facebook web page of the Palestinian newspaper Al-Quds, the video of the protest with a life-size effigy of Balfour could be comical if it did not spotlight the intractability of the decades-old Israeli-Palestinian battle, during which two opposing narratives of historical past have existed aspect by aspect . . . mainly since Balfour despatched his letter to the pinnacle of the British Jewish neighborhood on Nov. 2, 1917.
On Thursday, as Palestinian schoolchildren delivered hundreds of their very own letters to the British Consulate in Jerusalem calling on the British management to acknowledge their ongoing struggling, Israeli schoolchildren spent the day studying of a heroic British chief who turned their ancestors’ ideological wishful considering right into a actuality.
In Ramallah, hundreds marched from the town heart to the British Consulate waving black flags and carrying indicators saying “Balfour was a white supremacist, his legacy is apartheid.”
Similar protests had been held in different West Bank cities Thursday and, in some instances, the Israeli navy responded by firing tear gasoline towards the crowds. In Bethlehem, British artist Banksy, who just lately opened the controversial “Walled-off” resort there, held a mock tea social gathering satirically apologizing for Balfour’s letter making a “century of confusion and conflict.”
Protesters wave Palestinian flags and carry defaced photographs of Arthur Balfour and U.Okay. Prime Minister Theresa May on the 100th anniversary of the Balfour Declaration in Ramallah on Nov. 2. (Nbader Nbader/AP)
“Today we mark the centenary of the Balfour Declaration, when the British colonial power promised Palestine, a land that wasn’t theirs, to the Zionist movement, thus ignoring the political and national rights of the indigenous Palestinian people,” wrote Saeb Erekat, the secretary basic of the Palestine Liberation Organization, in an announcement.
He criticized the British authorities for marking “100 years of injustice, racism and violence” with a celebration — British Prime Minister Theresa May will converse on Thursday at a particular dinner in London.
Erekat referred to as on the British authorities to apologize as an alternative for the “shameful declaration.”
Meanwhile, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu traveled to London on Wednesday to fulfill with May and mark the centennial of Balfour’s missive. The British and Israeli leaders will attend a festive dinner collectively, organized by Baron Jacob Rothschild, a descendant of Lord Lionel Walter Rothschild, the distinguished chief of the British Jewish neighborhood who obtained Balfour’s declaration. Roderick Balfour, the fifth Lord Balfour, can even attend the occasion.
“A hundred years ago, the Balfour Declaration helped pave the way for the reestablishment of an independent state for the Jewish people in our ancestral homeland,” stated Netanyahu throughout his badembly with May.
He stated that after 100 years, “the Palestinians should finally accept the Jewish national home and the Jewish state.”
At the dinner, May is predicted to precise delight in Britain’s position in creating the state of Israel and in addition clarify she believes criticizing Israel’s actions shouldn’t be an excuse for questioning Israel’s proper to exist as a rustic, an announcement from the occasion’s organizers stated.
A mbad rally expressing solidarity with the Palestinian plight and calling on Britain to apologize for its half in creating an ongoing occupation of the West Bank is scheduled to happen in London on Saturday.