Current Lord Balfour says Israel failing to live up to 1917 declaration


Lord Arthur Balfour and the Balfour Declaration (Wikimedia commons)
Stipulation against prejudicing rights of non-Jewish population not being honored, says Roderick Balfour, great-great-nephew of foreign secretary behind landmark statement

By Stuart Winer | The Times of Israel

Lord Roderick Balfour, a descendant of the UK foreign secretary who penned the 1917 Balfour Deceleration endorsing the establishment of Jewish state, said that Israel, by mistreating Palestinians, is failing to honor the terms of the document.

Balfour, who has visited Israel several times in his capacity as a banker, spoke to the UK Daily Telegraph newspaper about his ancestor Lord Arthur Balfour’s proclamation, which he described as “a great humanitarian gesture.” Next month marks the centenary of the original document and will be marked by events in Israel and the UK.

Palestinians, though, have roundly condemned the document as a major milestone in their eventual dispossession with the creation of the Jewish state, and have planned protests around the anniversary.

In a rare statement on the document published Sunday, Balfour said he was worried that Israel was not living up to a stipulation to protect the rights of the Palestinians living in Mandate-era Palestine.

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