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The deal that tore apart the Middle East

One hundred years ago, and through a said deal, a piece of land was removed from Palestine in order to establish a home for the Jews. Since then, there have been convulsive situations in the region, which will be analysed by a group of experts on November 14 in London.


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Juanjo Andrés Cuervo


After the fall of the Ottoman Empire, Great Britain conquered Palestine and decided to create “a home nation for the Jews”. This is written in a letter sent by Arthur Balfour, British Foreign Minister, to Lord Rothschild, the leader of the Jewish community in Britain.

All this happened on November 2, 1917 and it was the emergence of the new region that, in 1948, would become Israel.

After the birth of this new state, the armies of Egypt, Syria, Transjordan, Lebanon and Iraq invaded the country. There began the War of Independence, and surprisingly, Israel defeated the invaders in the four wars that followed.

The Balfour declaration 2Meanwhile, interests of different nations have been sharpening the conflict between Israel and Palestine, two neighbours who remain at war after such a long time.

For example, the United States continues to supply Israelis economically, and on the other hand, non-Jewish Arabs and Palestinians living in Palestine have a sense of loss in this situation.

They denounce that, after the war that was consummated with the creation of Israel, the catastrophe was unleashed. In fact, the Palestinians demand an apology from the United Kingdom for what happened.

Proving that the problem has reached dark tones after many years, the paper entitled “The Balfour declaration: the deal that tore the Middle East apart” will try to explain what are the roots of this enmity.

The Balfour declarationFurthermore, Bernard Regan, author of “The Balfour Declaration, Empire, the Mandate and Resistance in Palestine “, will analyse the rivalry between the United Kingdom, Germany and the Ottomans. He will also comment on British policy in the region and the resistance offered by Palestinians.

In addition, the author is a member of the “Palestine Solidarity Campaign” and has led union delegations in Palestine and Israel.

Afterwards, it will be the turn of Roland Rance, member of “Free Speech on Israel”, who will explain the plans of the British government and the Zionist movements in Palestine.

To be precise, this author noted in an article written five years ago that “the true meaning of the Balfour Declaration is perhaps surprisingly, mainly a manifestation of the European desire to solve its own problem of anti-Semitism at the expense of the people of Palestine.”

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Besides, he assured that “the Palestinians are still paying the price for European crimes”.

This note was written for “Socialist Resistance”, the platform dedicated to organizing this event and shows, among its values, the defence of society against imperialism, capitalism and the violation of human rights.

Date: November 14 at 7.30 p.m. Address: KCBNA Community Centre, 62 Marchmont Street, WC1N 1AB. More information here.

(Translated by Gareth Trevor)

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