Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Balfour Declaration puts Palestinians to suffer

The Balfour Declaration 1917 which led to the establishment of a Jewish homeland in Palestine was the root of all problems plaguing the Middle East.

The declaration was actually a 67-word statement contained within a brief letter attributed to Lord Arthur Balfour, the British foreign secretary, dated November 2, 1917, which recognised such plan.

In an agreement with America, England viewed with favour the establishment in Palestine of a national home for the Jewish people, and promised to use their best endeavours to facilitate the achievement of the project.

However, it was also clearly understood that nothing shall be done which may prejudice the civil and religious rights of existing non-Jewish communities in Palestine, or the rights and political status enjoyed by Jews in any other country.


Balfour addressed the letter to Lionel Walter Rothschild, 2nd Baron Rothschild, a British banker, zoologist and Zionist activist who, along with Zionist's Chaim Weizmann and Nahum Sokolow, helped draft the declaration.

As such, the declaration was in line with European Zionist leaders' hopes and designs for a homeland in Palestine, Rothschild and others believed would be realised through intense immigration of Jews around the world to Palestine.

Balfour was part of the liberal government of Prime Minister David Lloyd George. British liberal public opinion believed that Jews had suffered historical injustices, that the West was to blame, and that, therefore, the West had a responsibility to enable a Jewish homeland.

The whole world knew by then that at the time of the Declaration, Palestinians - the 'non-Jewish communities in Palestine' - constituted 90 per cent of the population there.

Jews numbered about 50,000. By 1947, on the eve of Israel's declaration of independence, Jews numbered 600,000. By then, Jews were developing extensive quasi governmental institutions while provoking increasing resistance from the Palestinians as the saw the Jews 'acquiring' their land.

The Palestinians staged small uprisings in 1920, 1921, 1929 and 1933, and a major one from 1936 to 1939 but were quashed by the combination of Israel-British forces.

These are the facts that United Nations, England and the US tried to deny -- that they are the roots of this problems!

11 comments:

prem, temerloh said...

THANK U, SIR FOR GIVING THIS PIECE, WHICH IS VERY HELPFUL TO UNDERSTAND THE ISSUE IN BROADER PERSPECTIVE.

I HOPE THE WHOLE WORLD SHOULD UNDERSTAND IT, TOO...

cikgu latif, MUAR said...

satu usaha yang baik untuk memperjelaskan lagi asal-usul isu palestin ini.

sdr mampu membangkitkan rasa solidariti terhadap rakyat palestin dengan penyiaran perisytiharan balfour ini.

marilah kita sama-sama menyokong perjuangan mereka dan mendoakan kesejahteraan mereka.

Anonymous said...

mr bujai,

thank you for this posting. as a student, i need this

Anonymous said...

THIS IS A PROOF THAT THE JEWS WERE THE ONES INTIMIDATING WAR IN THE REGION.

THE UNITED NATIONS SHOULD LOOK BACK AT THE DECLARATION AND DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT.

THE JEWS ARE THE ACTUAL AGGRESSORS, NOT THE PALESTINIANS!

Anonymous said...

JAHANAM YAHUDI!

JAHANAM AMERICA!

JAHANAM ENGLAND!

JAHANAM PBB!

lian, sepang said...

the jews are the aggressor, not the palestinians.

however, the palestinians, too must realise that they are having a break within.

since the israel thrust on dec 27, nothing happened on the west bank and other parts of the palestine.

why? they are not united... and this gave israel a passage to attack them

bujai said...

cikgu latif,
adalah elok kita mengkaji sesuatu melalui sejarahnya.

israel, pada zaman perang dunia, sudah dikejami oleh nazi sehingga terusir dari eropah.

sebab itulah adanya usaha menumpangkan mereka di bumi palestine

bagaimanapun, usaha murni palestin itu memakan diri sendiri apabila mereka akhirnya menjadi bangsa yang dijajah oleh orang yang menumpang tanah air mereka.

ini satu pengajaran berguna untuk kita dan sesiapa saja.

t kasih

cheam, IPOH said...

bro, i remember u said u went to lebanon and palestine. still waiting for the stories on your blog.

and thanks for this useful info about israel and palestine.


- cheam -

Anonymous said...

This is a too simplistic way of looking at the whole issue (and that is an understatement).

There is more to the whole history of the conflict than just the Balfour Declaration.

So, before you plonk one tiny bit of textbook on an enormous issues - read up on the whole history.

Starting from the time when Jerusalem was establish (in a country called Judah), when it became the capital of Israel under King David, when it was conquered by the Romans and Crusaders, through to the Ottoman Empire.

To use one piece of document to justify your pitiful argument is not just simplistic, it is downright stupid.

Anonymous said...

Jai,

This was what Adolf Hitler said to one of his senior officers sometime in 1939.
"If I am ever really in power, the destruction of the Jews will be my first and most important job. As soon as I have power, I shall have gallows after gallows erected, for example, in Munich on the Marienplatz-as many of them as traffic allows. Then the Jews will be hanged one after another, and they will stay hanging until they stink. They will stay hanging as long as hygienically possible. As soon as they are untied, then the next group will follow and that will continue until the last Jew in Munich is exterminated. Exactly the same procedure will be followed in other cities until Germany is cleansed of the last Jew!

Walaupun Hitler membenci semua kaum yang tidak ada darah Aryan, kebenciannya terhadap kaum Yahudi adalah yang terutama.
Jika kita kaji ucapan ucapan Hitler yang menyentuh kaum Yahudi, kita akan dapati bahawa hampir semua sebab kebencian and kesangsian beliau terhadap kaum tersebut sedang di pertontonkan di mata dunia sekarang.
Walaupun Hitler di kecam kerana perbuatannya terhadap kaum Yahudi, pada hari ini mungkin ramai yang berasa bahawa sepatutnya Hitler di benarkan melaksanakan perancangannya.

Mus.

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