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Palestinians to Sue UK over 99-Year-Old Balfour Declaration

Palestinian Authority Foreign Minister Riyad al-Malki in London (Photo: flickr/foreignoffice)

In 1917, British Foreign Minister Arthur James Balfour sent a letter to 2nd Baron Rothschild, a leader of Great Britain's Jewish community. This letter, known today as the Balfour Declaration, helped recognize and legitimize the Zionist movement and pave the way for the creation of the state of Israel 31 years later. However, The Times of Israel reports, the Palestinian Authority is now looking to sue Britain over this nearly century-old document, saying it is responsible for the crimes it blames on Israel:

The Palestinian Authority is preparing a lawsuit against the British government over the issuing of the 1917 Balfour Declaration that paved the way for the creation of the State of Israel.

The PA’s Foreign Minister Riyad al-Malki told Arab League leaders gathered in Mauritania Monday that London is responsible for all “Israeli crimes” committed since the end of the British mandate in 1948.

Signed by British Foreign Secretary Lord Arthur James Balfour in 1917, the declaration was seen as giving the Zionist movement official recognition and backing on the part of a major power, on the eve of the British conquest of the then-Ottoman territory of Palestine.

The decision, al-Malki said, “gave people who don’t belong there something that wasn’t theirs..."

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