Diaries from Gaza: Anniversary of the ‘ill-fated day’

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November 3, 2010 15:37

Lord Arthur James Balfour (1848-1930) - British statesman and prime minister from 1902-1905. In 1917, as foreign secretary, he issued the Balfour Declaration that favored a Jewish national home in Palestine.

Yesterday was the anniversary of the ‘Balfour Declaration’. Every Palestinian remembers this day very well as it is an unforgettable event in our history. This day is the ‘Day of Doom’ because every Palestinian was deprived from the right of having a country of their own. Instead, we were forced to share our homeland with the Jews who usurped all our rights.

The Jews established a country on Palestinian land as a result of the Balfour Declaration.

The Palestinians call this Declaration as the ‘ill-fated Balfour Declaration’. Have a look at the declaration and you’ll understand why it is so outrageous and why Palestinians denounce it. We reserve all the rights to call it the ‘ill-fated one’ and no one can stop us from it.

The Balfour Declaration was actually a 67-word statement that contains a brief letter attributed to Lord Arthur Balfour, the British Foreign secretary, dated 2nd November, 1917. The declaration recognised the establishment of a Jewish homeland in Palestine. It reads as follows:

Dear Lord Rothschild,

I have much pleasure in conveying to you, on behalf of His Majesty’s Government, the following declaration of sympathy with Jewish Zionist aspirations which has been submitted to, and approved by, the Cabinet.

“His Majesty’s Government view with favour the establishment in Palestine of a national home for the Jewish people, and will use their best endeavours to facilitate the achievement of this object, it being clearly understood that nothing shall be done which may prejudice the civil and religious rights of existing non-Jewish communities in Palestine, or the rights and political status enjoyed by Jews in any other country”.

I should be grateful if you would bring this declaration to the knowledge of the Zionist Federation.

Yours sincerely

Arthur James Balfour

Palestinians consider the declaration a major factor in the creation of the State of Israel, and part of a system that ignored the Palestinian communities in the area and promised the land to Jewish people at their expense. Palestinians are right to condemn the dirty imperial scheming since the declaration to establish a homeland for Jews on Palestinian lands has deprived the natives from their own lands as well as their rights. The illegal state was created in 1948 when most of the Palestinians lost their lands to the Jews who made it as their settlements and established an illegal entity called ‘Israel’.

This declaration paved the way of ethnic cleansing of Palestinians, lead to the expulsion of hundreds of thousands of Palestinians and made them refugees in their own lands and ensured a permanent conflict between Jews and the Palestinians which continues to date…

So the anniversary of this fateful day is marked in all Palestinian institutions across Occupied Palestine because it reminds us of what happened six decades ago and what has been happening since then. This date brings to mind all miseries, oppression, occupation, massacres, destruction, siege, wars, genocide, crimes against humanity…… and everything that Israeli occupation committed on the annexed Palestinian land.

Despite all this, the Palestinian nation is still waiting for the declaration of freedom for the Occupied Palestine from the hands of the illegal and immoral Israeli occupation. A declaration that might let them forget the ‘ill-fated declaration’.

Menna Hassan is a 23-year old teacher who lives in Gaza with her family. She has a B.A. degree in English language. Menna takes deep interest in issues relating to Gazan society. She considers it her moral and national duty to tell the world about the sufferings of Palestinians under the brutal Israeli siege of the Gaza Strip. Diary written by Menna Arselan; Edited & Published by Moign Khawaja.

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