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"End the occupation !" PAJU Vigil # 875, November 17, 2017: Remembrances in 2017 of the Balfour Declaration (1917)

Publication date : 2017-11-22

Declaration made by Arthur Balfour in 1917 of British support for the setting up of a national home for the Jews in Palestine, provided that the rights of "existing non-J non- jewish communities" in Palestine could be safeguarded.

Nablus: West Bank Speaking in the West Bank, the Palestinian prime minister, Mr Hamdallah, described the Balfour declaration as a “historical injustice” against the Palestinian people.

Remembrances in 2017 of the Balfour Declaration (1917)

Declaration made by Arthur Balfour in 1917 of British support for the setting up of a national home for the Jews in Palestine, provided that the rights of "existing non-J non- jewish communities" in Palestine could be safeguarded.

Nablus: West Bank Speaking in the West Bank, the Palestinian prime minister, Mr Hamdallah, described the Balfour declaration as a “historical injustice” against the Palestinian people.

South Africa: Pretoria

In Pretoria, South Africa, hundreds gathered outside the Israeli embassy in a protest against the Israeli occupation of Palestine, organised by the Economic Freedom Fighters party (EFF). Protesters, dressed in the characteristic red T-shirts of the EFF, held placards with slogans calling for an end to "Israeli ethnic cleansing of Palestinians" and a halt to attacks on the Gaza Strip, as they danced and sang outside the heavily guarded embassy.

"Away with apartheid Israel, away," the crowd shouted. Julius Malema, leader of the EFF, urged the crowd to look beyond their own context and to consider the plight of the Palestinians. He also called for a one-state solution where Jews and Palestinians could live in peace. Malema made an impassioned appeal to South Africans to stop working with Israel, even asking South Africans to stop travelling to the country in solidarity with Palestine. "We are asking all South Africans to stop doing business with Israel, to stop visiting Israel. We are returning the favour to the people of Palestine who stood with us," Malema said to loud cheers.

"We call for the release of Marwan Barghouti, who is in sitting in Israeli jail, in quite the same way that Nelson Mandela was in jail for all those years,". Many South Africans see the Israeli occupation of Palestinian territories and the policies applied there as similar to apartheid, the institutionalised racial segregation and discrimination implemented by the white minority in their country until 1991.

Turkey : Ankara and Sakarya university

In Ankara, the Turkish capital, dozens of members of the Anatolian Youth Association, a conservative organisation, marked the Balfour Declaration centenary with slogans and placards. At Sakarya University in northwest Turkey, the Humanitarian Relief Foundation, an aid group, led protesters in a rally.

Adapted from https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/oct/30/balfour-declaration-anniversary-centenary-recognise-palestine-emily-

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