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“Britain Apologizes by 2017” new campaign launched in Gaza
A campaign was launched on Sunday in Gaza to push for an apology from the British government for the Balfour Declaration.
“Britain Apologizes by 2017” is an international popular campaign that was first launched by the U.K-based Palestinian Return Center (PRC) and by the American Society of Friends- Quakers. It aims at seeking an apology from British authorities for the Balfour Declaration.
According to the Palestinian Information Center (PIC), the campaign was announced in a press conference in Gaza, and aims at holding Britain responsible for the displacement of the Palestinian people. The campaign also aims to put pressure on the British government in order to officially and legally apologize to the Palestinian people within two years.
As reported by the PRC, it said, “International Campaign, “Britain, It’s Time To Apologize” …1917-2017…A Century Of Palestinian Suffering It’s nearly 100 years since the UK Foreign Secretary, Arthur James Balfour, pronounced the Balfour Declaration, on 2nd November 1917, promising a homeland for the Jews in Palestine. Ever since, Palestinians have suffered tremendously under the shadow of Britain’s colonial past.”
The statement then read:
“Justice was rendered over Britain’s colonial past in the Mau Mau case. The world heard what every subjugated people knew, Britain committed brutal crimes against indigenous populations.
The Palestinian Return Centre (PRC), with other partners around the world, is preparing to launch their global campaign to mark the centenary of the Balfour Declaration.
The campaign, which will be launched in the UK, will gather a million signatures from those seeking justice in Palestine, in condemnation of British colonial policy between 1917-1948.
Over 11 million Palestinians continue to suffer from the unjust and misguided British policy in Palestine.
The five year campaign will include mass mobilization, popular events, conferences and workshops, lobbying, petition and many other initiatives.
Great injustice leaves great scars, it is time Britain apologized to rebuild for the future.
Since Britain has shown it’s capable of taking responsibility for its past atrocities, we are optimistic in achieving our goal.”
The Balfour Declaration, dated November 02, 1917, was a letter from the United Kingdom’s Foreign Secretary Arthur James Balfour to Walter Rothschild, 2nd Baron Rothschild, an extremist leader of the British Jewish community, licensing the establishment in Palestine of a self-proclaimed Jewish state.
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