The little known episode of the publication of the ‘Balfour Declaration’ assists an independent, curious and rational observer in acknowledging the all too modern roots of the Palestinian tragedy.
Unbeknownst to many in this conflict is the wide support the Balfour Declaration received from the British media and populace. Leading from the front, the liberal Guardian newspaper came out, in racist and imperialist terms, in support of the declaration.
One could easily and validly argue that the British Empire’s Balfour Declaration issued on 2nd November 1917 in a letter from the British Foreign Secretary, Lord Balfour, to Baron Walter Rothschild, is the central founding bloc of the current Palestinian predicament. The so-called ‘declaration of sympathy’ is no more than 67 words, yet in terms of the inevitable warring consequence, they are among the 67 most bloodiest words in history.