Arab League calls on Britain to correct historical mistake over 1917 Balfour Declaration
The Arab League has called on the British government to put right its “historical mistake” over the 1917 Balfour Declaration, which was made after London declared its goal to establish a national home for the Jewish people in Palestine.
The regional organization, in a statement released on Monday, renewed its request to Britain to rectify the mistake, recognize the Palestinian state and the historical injustice that has resulted in a significant upheaval in the lives of Palestinians, and put pressure on the regime of Israel to cease its ongoing crimes and end its occupation of Palestinian land.
The Arab League noted that a comprehensive, just and lasting peace can be secured only after the Israeli regime ends its occupation of all Palestinian and Arab territories usurped since 1967, and an independent and sovereign Palestinian state with al-Quds as its capital is established.
The Balfour Declaration marks the beginning of the tragedy of the century that befell Palestinian people, facilitated their mass exodus from their homeland, and helped Zionist gangs occupy their lands and establish their entity through ethnic cleansing, forced displacement, and heinous crimes and violations, the League pointed out.
The Arab League then reaffirmed its full and unwavering support for the Palestinian nation as well as their just and legitimate struggle until they attain freedom and independence.
It also condemned the Tel Aviv regime’s continuous violations and settlement expansion policies, which constitute a war crime under international law, Israel’s Judaization and annexation plans, continuation of the unjust Israeli siege on the Gaza Strip for more than 13 years, and the regime’s attempts to destroy all aspects of Palestinian life and desecrate their Islamic and Christian sanctities.