Palestinians protest against Balfour Declaration

Palestinians protest against Balfour Declaration

Thousands of Palestinians took to the streets in protest on the 100th anniversary of the Balfour Declaration.

The declaration by the then British foreign secretary Lord Arthur Balfour stated the UK government supported “the establishment in Palestine of a national home for the Jewish people”.

The following decades saw a spike in the number of Jews moving to the region as Zionist state institutions took root.

In Ramallah, West Bank, around 3,000 people marched from the city centre to the British consulate in Jerusalem.

Rawada Odeh, a demonstrator, said she was protesting because Balfour promised a home to the Zionists while neglecting that there is a “Palestinian population here in our land.”

“The land does not belong to Balfour,” she said. “We are Palestinians, and we are living here and we are following our issue till we succeed.”

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is marking the anniversary of the Balfour Declaration in London at a dinner with Theresa May.