Balfour declaration: “nothing shall be done which may prejudice the civil and religious rights of existing non-Jewish communities”
As we hear that 100 Palestinians and one Israeli were seriously injured during the ongoing raids, Felicity Arbuthnot reminds us of the letter written in 1917 by the British Foreign Secretary, Arthur Balfour, addressed to Lord Rothschild, a leader of the Jewish community in Britain:
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.
She continues: overnight (8th/9th July): one hundred and sixty targets were initially hit, including:
- the European Gaza Hospital (a war crime without a war),
- Twenty eight people were killed.
- over two hundred were injured.
- Homes of two Palestinian “suspects” were arbitrarily destroyed by the Israeli military with no arrests, trial, or recourse to law for the dispossessed victims
She adds to this “the unending onslaught on Palestine from the day the Zionist cuckoo took over the Palestinian nest, homes, gardens, history, culture, ancient sites, cemeteries, villages, valleys, olive and apricot groves on 14th May 1948, ignoring, jack booting and bulldozing entirely the “civil and religious rights” of the population”’
The incomplete list of the latest victims of “the only democracy in the Middle East” so far recorded by the Palestinian Ministry of Health may be seen here.
Meanwhile, Navi Pillay, the UN high commissioner for human rights, merely says that reports of Israeli strikes on Palestinian homes,”raise serious doubt about whether the Israeli strikes have been in accordance with international humanitarian law and international human rights law.”
Felicity ends: “Maybe there is a glimmer of hope. This coming weekend there will be large demonstrations in cities around the world in outrage at the attack on Palestine and the Palestinian people. To read the comprehensive list of participating cities should, in itself, be a wake up call for governments.
“The US and UK are closest of Israeli allies and leaders of world wide destruction and both have elections next year; perhaps this might be the start of a mega warning message to both countries and to Israel: Enough”.
Posted on July 11, 2014, in Democracy undermined, Government and tagged British Foreign Secretary, Israeli military, Lord Rothschild, Navi Pillay UNHCR, Palestine, US UK Israeli allies. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.