UK Labor leader Corbyn refuses to attend Balfour centenary dinner
Opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn, who is widely tipped as the UK’s next prime minister, has turned down an invitation to join PMs Theresa May and Binyamin Netanyahu at a celebratory dinner commemorating the 100th anniversary of the Balfour Declaration. This was a pledge by the British foreign Secretary in 1917 to establish a homeland for the Jewish people in Palestine. Chair of the Jewish Leadership Council in Britain Jonathan Goldstein called Corbyn’s snub “deeply unfortunate.” He noted that the Labor leader had also not attended a reception for Labor Friends of Israel at the Labor party conference earlier this month.
Corbyn has vaunted his Hamas and Hizballah “friends” and been widely condemned for failing to root anti-Semitic circles from the Labor party. However Ben Jamal, of the Palestinian Solidarity Campaign, said: “It is highly appropriate that he has refused the invite and shameful that any British politician would consider participating in an event that celebrates the Declaration.” Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas is demanding that Britain apologize for its “criminal gesture” in 1917 and pay compensation “for the misery it caused.”
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in 1936, James Malcolm wrote:
As I have already said, I had a part in initiating the negotiations in the early autumn of 1916 between the British and French Governments and the Zionist leaders, which led to the Balfour Declaration and the British Mandate for Palestine.
The first object, of course, was to enlist the very considerable and necessary influence of the Jews, and especially of the Zionist or Nationalist Jews. to help us bring America into the War at the most critical period of the hostilities. This was publicly acknowledged by Mr. Lloyd George during a recent debate in the House of Commons.
Our second object was to enable and induce Jews all the world over to envisage constructive work as their proper field, and to take their minds off destructive and subversive schemes which, owing to their general Sense of insecurity and homelessness. even in the periods preceding the French Revolution, had provoked so much trouble and unrest in various countries, until their ever-increasing violence culminated in the Third International and the Russian Communist Revolution. But to achieve this end it was necessary to promise them Palestine in consideration of their help, as already explained, and not as a mere humanitarian experiment or enterprise, as represented in certain quarters.
you call up century old anti-semitism and state it as dogmatic fact?
What a repugnant troll you are. Thanks for the propaganda, as ever, lovely to be reminded how rife anti-semitism is, even in 2017.
Arthur James Balfour, August 1919
”… In fact, so far as Palestine is concerned, the powers have made no statement of fact that is not admittedly wrong, and no declaration of policy which, at least in the letter, they have not always intended to violate.”
With opinions like those above around, then and now, we are fortunate indeed that Israel is there and strong.
nonsense, Palestine is patently the most dangerous place on earth for a jew. secondly, Balfours statement is not an opinion, but a statement of fact. Shameful.
Colonialist Britain should apologize for bringing “Civilization” to many Cultures and People who were doing fine without English Tea Time! As for Corbyn he has a right to act like a Facist, Racist and Anti-Semite but the brave English People that fought and survived the German onslaught during WWII recognize this hateful man for what he stands for.
Demographic shift is rarely painless, but seems especially hard when it is Muslims who must put on the hat of the “Dhimmi”.
Sorry, the position of Neville Chamberlain for the stupidest and maxmoronic prime minister ever is already taken, not a chance!
The Balfour declaration is worth anyone’s attention, it is worthy of a good read. I have found very few people that have ever actually read it. The Balfour declaration certainly does not say; “British foreign Secretary in 1917 (seeks) to establish a homeland for the Jewish people in Palestine” However, Chaim Weizmann said; the greatest single achievement of the pre-state Zionists was the Balfour declaration, He also considered that the Jewish people failed to respond to the Balfour declaration adequately