Joint List MKs to Skip Knesset Tribute to Balfour Centenary Today

Joint List lawmakers will not be attending today’s ceremony in the Knesset to mark the 100th anniversary of the Balfour Declaration which was issued on November 2, 1917. Exactly a century ago today, then-UK Foreign Secretary Arthur Balfour conveyed in writing  to UK Jewish leader Lord Walter Rothschild that the British government views “with favour the establishment in Palestine of a national home for the Jewish people.”

The Balfour Declaration

The Balfour Declaration (Photo: Wikipedia)

“Naturally we will not be participating in the event commemorating the Balfour Declaration,” said Joint List MK Youssef Jabareen (Hadash), in a statement he made last week. In the declaration, “British imperialism promised land that did not even belong to it… ignoring its original inhabitants and without even asking them,” he said.