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100 years ago today, the Balfour Declaration was signed. Today, Britain and Israel celebrate the event, which heralded the restoration of Israel

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100 years ago today, the Balfour Declaration was signed. Today, Britain and Israel celebrate the event, which heralded the restoration of Israel

Post by Tony Bennett on 02.11.17 10:30

On 2 November 1917, Lord Balfour signed, on behalf of the British government, what has become known as the 'Balfour Declaration'. It was an expression in favour of the possibility of the establishment of a Jewish state in an area of land that had once been called Israel, later Judah or Judaea, and finally Palestine. 

Less than 40 years after Christ, the remaining Jewish resistance to their Roman overlords was mercilessly crushed, and most Jews dispersed to the four corners of the world. It must be said, though - and this is often forgotten - that a small Jewish community continued to exist in Palestine from then onwards, right on down to 1917.

In 1917, Britain was three years into 'The Great War'. Palestine was a tiny part of the vast Ottoman Empire. The Sultans of the Ottoman Empire supported Germany in the war. As Balfour signed his declaration, General Allenby was running a brilliant campaign which recaptured Jerusalem and the rest of Palestine from the Ottomans. The Ottoman Empire crumbled and collapsed. Today's Turkey is what remains of it.

Prior to 1917, Jews throughout Russia and much of eastern Europe were severely persecuted, often herded into ghettoes or subject to violent pogroms. This period of history is brilliantly told in the hit musical 'Fiddler on the Roof'.

Nothing was done to enact the Balfour Declaration, but in 1919 Britain was awarded control of Palestine and we ruled under wht was known as 'The Palestine Mandate'.

During the 1920s and 1930s, there was a steady flow of Jewish refugees and emigres to Palestine. This began to accelerate in the late 1930s as Hitler's persecution of the Jews gathered pace. Jews began to be influential in Palestine. Jews founded the national Palestine Orchestra. Jews pubilshed the 'Palestine News'. And so on.

In 1946, at the Nuremburg trials, the world came to know the full horrors of the attempted Nazi genocide of the Jews. Officials in many other European countries actively co-operated with this attempted extermination: France, the Netherlands, Poland, Slovakia, Croatia etc.

Britain, the most tolerant of all nations, and always sympathetic to genuine refugees, received many Jews at this time, and their descendants have contributed significantly to our country ever since.  

The case for the establishment of a small Jewish state in 1946 as a refuge for the Jewish people was overwhelming, and in 1947-8, the United Nations granted Israel its independence, allocating it a very small sliver of land in the midst of the surrounding Arab-dominated Palestine.

The surrounding Arab nations, all Mohammedans, could not tolerate even this modest gesture of help by the United Nations to the persecuted Jews. They called it - and still call it - 'The Catastrophe'. The Arab nations, very unwisely, decided to attack the Jewish nation before it could really get going. But the vastly outnumbered Jewish forces staged a stunning victory and successfully established their new Jewish state. Even now, the stated goal of nearly all the surrounding Arab nations remains the 'extermination' of Israel. 

It is right that Britain should today celebrate our help and support to the Jewish people:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-41819451

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Re: 100 years ago today, the Balfour Declaration was signed. Today, Britain and Israel celebrate the event, which heralded the restoration of Israel

Post by aquila on 02.11.17 11:13

Israel wasn't just any old tract of land chosen by the UN though was it?

That 'sliver of land' was hand-picked and from my very limited knowledge has the ability to cut basic human supplies to Palestine where ordinary people of Israel and Palestine continue to live in the so-called 'Holy Lands' not only to suffer at the hands of political greed but to adopt a culture of hatred towards one another. Nothing much changes in the 'Holy Lands' does it?
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Post by BlueBag on 02.11.17 11:27

Zionism is a cancer.



An please... anti-Israel is not anti-semitic.

Some Jews oppose zionism as well.

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Post by aquila on 02.11.17 11:46

@BlueBag wrote:Zionism is a cancer.



An please... anti-Israel is not anti-semitic.

Some Jews oppose zionism as well.

Ethnic cleansing on a plate.
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Post by loopzdaloop on 04.11.17 1:07

The land used to be part of the ottoman empire which itself was taken from other groups of people. Whilst the violence on both sides is bad, the Jewish people deserved somewhere to live.
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Post by aquila on 04.11.17 4:53

@loopzdaloop wrote:The land used to be part of the ottoman empire which itself was taken from other groups of people. Whilst the violence on both sides is bad, the Jewish people deserved somewhere to live.
This is a very simple closed question for you loopzdaloop, a simple answer of yes or no is all that is required.

Are you a journalist/media researcher of some sort?
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Post by BlueBag on 04.11.17 7:06

@loopzdaloop wrote:The land used to be part of the ottoman empire which itself was taken from other groups of people. Whilst the violence on both sides is bad, the Jewish people deserved somewhere to live.
And what did the Palestinians deserve?

The Jewish people already had places to live and still do in case you haven't noticed.

Most Jews do not live in Israel.

Most Jews are not related to the people who lived in Palestine 2,000 years ago.

The State of Israel was born of slaughter, terrorism and ethnic cleansing - by Zionists.
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