Press release on the 100th anniversary of the Balfour Declaration 30 October 2017
On the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the Balfour Declaration, which came in a letter from the Foreign Minister of Britain at this time “Lord Rothschild” to establish a national homeland for Jews in Palestine, which was under the British Mandate.
The Egyptian Council for Foreign Affairs confirms that this letter was issued under the name of a colonial state, does not own the land of Palestine, and therefore has no right to act in it. The UN General Assembly Resolution No. 181 of 1947 on the partition process of Palestine is a contradiction with the Balfour Declaration. This was based on the declaration of Ben-Gurion on 15 May 1948 to establish the State of Israel, which expanded the control of territories allocated to the independent State of Palestine with East Jerusalem as its capital.
The Council calls the Government of the United Kingdom to rectify the imbalance caused by the Balfour Declaration, and its disastrous consequences, for the Palestinian people in particular and the Middle East in general for the affirmation and implementation of the dismantling of the two States, in accordance with the 2002 Arab Summit in Beirut and Israel’s withdrawal from all territories occupied since 5 June 1967, including the West Bank of the Jordan River and the occupied Syrian Golan. And to stop the construction of settlements in the occupied territories in order to achieve a comprehensive peace settlement based on the resolutions of international legitimacy.