Apologise to the Palestinian People: Memorandum to the British PM about Balfour Declaration
HE Madam Theresa May
Prime Minister of the United Kingdom
November, 2nd, 2017
Apologise to the Palestinian People
We the undersigned organisations and individuals appeal to the British Government to review the gross injustice done, which is still continuing, to the Palestinians as a consequence of its issue of the Balfour Declaration.
November 2, this year marks the hundredth anniversary of this infamous Declaration which led to the creation of the Zionist settler-colonialist state of Israel on the territory of historic Palestine, and the ethnic cleansing of the indigenous Palestinian population.
By this Declaration, the British government committed themselves to facilitate the establishment in Palestine of ‘a national home for the Jewish people’ but ‘nothing shall be done which may prejudice the civil and religious rights of existing non-Jewish communities in Palestine’.
The declaration was meant to lead to the creation of a Jewish state in Palestine which at that time had a Palestinian population of over ninety per cent. It was wilfully expressed in ambiguous language to pacify some cabinet ministers opposed to a Jewish state and to deceive the Arab leaders who had been promised independence for the Ottoman Arab territories as reward for supporting Britain in World War 1. Zionist leader Weizmann admitted that both Balfour and his Prime Minister David Lloyd George had told him that in using the phrase ‘national home’ they meant a Jewish state.
Palestine was placed under British mandate in 1922 by the League of Nations and the Balfour Declaration was incorporated into it. The object of the mandate was to create institutions in Palestine that would lead to its independence in the near future. Contrary to this, Britain turned it into a colonial project for colonisation of Palestine by European Jews.
A Zionist British minister Herbert Samuel was appointed the first High Commissioner of Palestine who laid the foundations for the emergence of Apartheid Israel. British policy blatantly discriminated against the Palestinians.
Samuel promulgated laws to facilitate Jewish migration and acquisition of Palestinian lands. He established separate Jewish institutions in banking, public works, education and power generation. Zionists were allowed to establish the Zionist Commission which, in the words of an honest British official, became an ‘Administration within an Administration’ rendering ‘good government impossible’. A separateJewish armed forces (Haganah) was established which, together with other terrorist armed groups, eventually carried out ethnic cleansing of Palestinians to make way for the Jewish state of Israel.
While the Palestinians were not allowed any representative institutions, the Jewish minority had been permitted to hold elections for a Jewish Assembly to deal with matters affecting their community. The reason for the discrimination, in Samuel’s words,: ‘there is a possibility that the Moslem and Christian communities might wish to establish assemblies of their own…(whose) activities might conflict with the policy in relation to Palestine adopted by His Majesty’s Government’. That is, the policy for establishing a Jewish state in Palestine.
Tens of thousands of Jews were allowed to migrate to Palestine and by mid-thirties the Jewish population had jumped from 8 to 30 percent. Absent landowners, living in Syria and Lebanon, were obstructed from coming to Palestine and, therefore, had to sell their large tracts of land to the Jewish Agency. The land was parcelled out to Jewish settlers and the former Arab tenants evicted.
The surge in Jewish migration and the displacement of Palestinian tenant farmers ignited the Palestinian Arab Revolt (1936-1939) which was put down using barbaric methods. The RAF bombed Palestinian villages indiscriminately. British forces attacked villages, destroyed their supplies and held the men in cages for two days without food or water. Collective punishment was applied widely. Leaders were imprisoned or deported. Armed Jewish forces assisted the British army to suppress the Palestinian uprising.
By 1939, the Palestinian society was dismembered, defenseless and leaderless. Less than ten years later, the Palestinian Nakba took place. Zionist forces, trained and armed by Britain and other Western states, committed atrocities against the Palestinians and forced over 700, 000 women, children and men to flee from their homes and become refugees. The British troops stood by and watched the ethnic cleansing of Palestinians.
Commenting on Britain’s treachery to the Palestinians, the former British Minister Anthony Nutting wrote: “…the Government of the day stand condemned out of their own mouths and writings of conniving at and furthering every Zionist design from the issue of the Balfour Declaration onwards.
Worse than this, the Government deliberately set out to deceive the Arab majority in Palestine as to their real intentions with promises and guarantees that they had ‘nothing to be frightened about’ and that Britain would ‘never consent’ to a Jewish Government being set up to rule their land.”
It has been reported that you will be celebrating the hundredth anniversary of the Declaration with the Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. In April, the British Foreign Office said: “We are proud of our role in creating the State of Israel.” Proud of creating Apartheid Israel!
The reporton Israel,commissioned by the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for West Asia (ESCWA), establishes, on the basis of scholarly inquiry and overwhelming evidence, that Israel is guilty of the crime of apartheid. It is a duty under international law on the part of your government to take action to end the Apartheid and not to celebrate its founding Declaration.
Madam Prime Minister, we urge you to search your conscience and take the following action to make amends for the grave injustice done to the Palestinians:
1. The British Government to apologise to the Palestinian people for their century-long suffering and humiliation, which is still continuing, as a result of the issuing of the Balfour Declaration and consequent actions.
2. Pay full compensation for the direct and consequential loses to the Palestinian people.
3. Cancel the joint British-Israeli dinner marking the 100th anniversary of the Balfour Declaration
4. Implement the recommendations of the ESCWA report to end the Apartheid regime in Israel.
Dato' Seri Anwar Ibrahim, Former Deputy Prime Minister of Malaysia ( De Facto Leader People's Justice Party Malaysia )
Malaysian Member of Parliament:
1. Datuk Seri Dr. Wan Azizah Wan Ismail, Opposition Leader , Malaysian Parlimen ( Presiden of the People's Justice Party )
2. Dato’ Seri Mohamed Azmin Ali, Menteri Besar Negeri Selangor (Gombak)
3. Nurul Izzah Anwar , Vice Prsident People's Justice Party , MP Lembah Pantai Consituency
4. Chua Tian Chang, Vice President , People's Justice Party (MP Batu Constituency)
5. Dato' Seri Abdul Hadi Awang - Marang ( President Islamic Party of Malaysia )
6. Idris Hj Ahmad - Bukit Gantang
7. Dato' Takiyuddin Hassan - Kota Bharu
8. Hj. Nasrudin Hassan - Temerloh
9. Dr. Che Rosli Che Mat - Hulu Langat
10. Hj. Wan Hassan b. Mohd Ramli - Dungun
11. Mohd Khairuddin b Aman Razali - Kuala Nerus
12. Siti Zailah Bt. Mohd Yusoff - Rantau Panjang
13. Dr. Izani B. Husin - Pengkalan Chepa
14. Nik Mohamad Abduh b Nik Abdul Aziz - Pasir Mas
15. Ahmad Baihaqi B. Atiqullah - Kubang Kerian
16. Ahmad Marzuk b Shaary - Bachok
17. Daro' Dr. Nik Maizan B. Nik Mohamad - Pasir Puteh
18. Dato’ Abdullah Sani Abdul Hamid (MP Kuala Langat)
19. Dr. Azman Ismail (Kuala Kedah)
20. Dato’ Fauzi Abdul Rahman (Indera Mahkota)
21. Fuziah Salleh (Kuantan)
22. Gooi Hsiao-Leung (Alor Setar)
23. Hee Loy Sian (Petaling Jaya Selatan)
24. Dato’Johari Abdul (Sungai Petani)
25. Dato’Haji Kamarudin Jaffar (Tumpat)
26. Dato’ Kamarul Baharin Abbas (Telok Kemang)
27. Dr. Lee Boon Chye (Gopeng)
28. Manivannan Gowindasamy (Kapar)
29. Dato’ Dr Mansor Othman (Nibong Tebal)
30. Dr. Michael Teo Yu Keng (Miri)
31. Laksamana Pertama Haji Mohamad Imran Abdul Hamid (B) (Lumut)
32. DatukMohd Idris Jusi (Batu Pahat)
33. Mohd Rafizi Ramli (Pandan)
34. N Surendran K Nagarajan (Padang Serai)
35. Shamsul Iskandar @ Yusre Mohd Akin (Bukit Katil)
36. Sim Tze Tzin (Bayan Baru)
37. Sivarasa K. Rasiah (Subang)
38. Dato’ Dr. Tan Kee Kwong (Wangsa Maju)
39. William Leong Jee Keen (Selayang)
40. Wong Chen (Kelana Jaya)
41. Zuraida Kamaruddin (Ampang)
42. Dato' Dr Mujahid Yusof Rawa - Parit Buntar
43. Khalid Samad - Shah Alam
44. Dr Hatta Ramli - Kuala Kerai
45. Dr Siti Mariah - Kota Raja
46. Hanipa Maidin - Sepang
47. Raja Bahrin - Kuala Trengganu
1. Secretariate for the Asian Assembly of Muslim Scholars ( SHURA )
2. Malaysian Consultative Council of Islamic Organizations
3. Malaysian Youth Council
4. Al Quds Foundation Malaysia
5. BDS Malaysia
6. Palestinian Cultural Organization of Malaysia
7. Muslim Youth Movement of Malasyia
8. Persekutuan Kebangsaan Pelajar Islam Malaysia ( PKPIM )
9. Pertubuhan SEJAGAT
10. Persatuan Teras Kebajikan dan Pendidikan Melayu ( TERAS )
12. Cakna Palestin
13. Amal Foundation
14. Dewan Pemuda Masjid
16. Muslim Scholars of Malaysia ( PUM )
17. National Muslim Students Federation
18. Malaysian University Graduates Assembly , Malaysia ( HALUAN )
19. Malaysian Comunity Care Foundation
20. Muslimah Ukhuwwah Association , Malaysia ( SALIMAH )
21. Persatuan Permuafakatan Majlis Ayahanda-Ayahanda Malaysia ( PERMAS )
22. Persatuan Serantau Muslim
23. Persatuan Sahabat Cakna Trengganu
24. Persatuan PENDIDIK
25. Rahmat Care
26. Gang Ustaz
27. Persatuan Peduli Dhuafa dan Pengupayaan Masyarakat.
28. Baitul Latif Social Service Center
1. Citizens International
2. Universal Justice Network
3. Islamic Human Rights Commission, London
4. Center for International Muslim Minority Affairs
5. Asean Coaliation for Justice and Peace
6. International Relief and Humanitarian Outreach, Malaysia (IReach)
1. Aqsa Working Group Indonesia
2. MERCY Indonesia
3. Teachers Working Group Indonesia
4. Pemuda Hizbullah Indonesia.
5. Heru Susetyo Nuswanto, Ph.D (Mr.) - PAHAM Indonesia
1. Ahmet Faruk Unsal , HAK INISIYATIFI
2. FatMA Bostan Unsal BASKENT KADIN PLATFORMU
3. Uzeyir Yigit , HAK INISITIFI
4. Berrin Sonmez , BASKENT KADIN PLATFORMU
1. Dr Zafarul-Islam Khan, The Milli Gazette, New Delhi, India
2. Indo Pal Foundation, India
3. Palestine solidarity movement, India
4. The Palestine foundation, India
5. Friends of Palestine, India
6. BHAICHARA, India
7. M. Gauhar Iqbal, Human Rights Defender
8. Ershad AHMAD, Human rights activist
9. Dr Syed Zafar Mahmood - President - Zakat Foundation of India
10. Mozaffar Ali - All India Educational Movement - New Delhi
11. Abu Bakr Sabbaq Advocate - Association for Protection of Civil Rights (APCR) New Delhi, INDIA
12. Abdur Razzaq - The Centre for Human Rights - London
1. Liaqat Baloch - Secretary General -Milli Yakjehti Council (MYC) Pakistan
1. Cambodia Development And Justice Association
2. SHURA Cambodia
1. Council for Humanitarian Networking Office of Syeikhul Islam , Thailand
2. Masjid Network of Thailand ( JABIM )
3. Young Muslim Association of Thailand ( YMAT )
4. Ummatee , Thailand
5. Thailand Muslim Students Association ,
6. SHURA Thailand
7. Satthachon Foundation for Education and Orphan , Thailand
8. Yateem TV , Thailand
9. Thailand Media Network