Intl. conference to discuss Britain’s failed legacy in Palestine
The London-based Palestinian Return Centre (PRC) is organizing an international conference to discuss “Britain’s legacy in Palestine”, which takes a deep look at the UK’s failed policy in Palestine.
The gathering, which coincides with the fourth Palestine Memorial Week, to be held from 19th-25th Jan 2013, will be used as a formal launching pad for an anti-Balfour Declaration Campaign.
International Balfour Campaign is a five year initiative by the PRC to mark the centenary of the Balfour Declaration in 2017.
The Balfour Declaration was a November 2, 1917 letter from British Foreign Secretary Arthur James Balfour to Lord Rothschild, the president of the British Zionist Federation that made public the British support of a Jewish homeland in Palestine.
The Balfour Declaration led the League of Nations to entrust the United Kingdom with the Palestine Mandate in 1922.
Now, the main objective of the Balfour campaign is said to be raising awareness about Britain’s failed policies in Palestine and their devastating outcomes for the oppressed people of the region.
The UK’s failed policy in the region brought sufferings for thousands of Palestinians living under the British rule at the time and many more millions who are enduring terrible human rights abuses and occupation under the Zionist regime of Israel.
According to reports the conference will be inaugurated by Prof Manuel Hassassian, Palestinian Ambassador to the UK, Mohamad al Hamid of PRC and a number of MPs.
Among topics to be discussed during the conference there are three in the first session including the Theological and Ideological Roots of the Balfour Declaration, British Policy in Palestine, and the continuation of Britain’s colonial Legacy in Palestine by the Israeli regime.
“Ethnic cleansing of Palestine: Same goal different model”, and “Living Under occupation, the mechanics of ongoing ethnic cleaning”, are also among topics to be discussed at the second session of the conference.
Pushing the UK government to apologize to the Palestinians will also be top on the agenda of the International Campaign.