PSC Press release: Balfour Declaration protest vigil in London
- Media Forward Planning Information
Friday 2nd November 4.30 - 6.30 Foreign Office, cnr King Charles St &
Whitehall, London SW1
" Britain betrays Palestine: 1917 - 2001"
Palestine Solidarity Campaign's London branch holds a vigil marking the 84th
anniversary of the Balfour Declaration, highlighting Britain's historical and
current moral and political responsibility for the situation of Palestine. We
shall be protesting the lack of response on the part of the international
community to the requests from the Palestinians for international assistance
and protection, and calling on Tony Blair's government to back up their
purported support for a viable Palestinian state. A letter will be handed in
plus petitions calling for an end to Israeli continued violence, occupation,
assassinations, invasions and flouting of international law.
On 2nd November 1917, British Foreign Secretary Arthur Balfour sent a letter
to Lord Rothschild which contained the declaration which has since been known
by his name but also involved Zionist leader Chaim Weizmann and the British
"His Majesty's Government view with favour the establishment in Palestine of
a national home for the Jewish people, and will use their best endeavours to
facilitate the achievement of this object, it being clearly understood that
nothing shall be done which may prejudice the civil and religious rights of
existing non-Jewish communities in Palestine ..."
Press Officer, Diane Langford
Palestine Solidarity Campaign