The Balfour Declaration: Enduring Ethnic Criminality
The Balfour Declaration doesn’t just haunt us. It also teaches us that Western powers cannot ever be trusted.
By: Dan Asmussen
Imagine if Russia and/or China, along with the UN, decided to put 9 million of their people in Oregon, declared it their land, isolated the former residents of Oregon into basically a free range prison camp, told them to just deal with it, while using military force to combat anyone who opposed it, then committed genocide, inhumane atrocities, and war crimes against the Oregonians for the next 75 years.
This is what the indigenous people of Palestine have endured on a daily basis since 1948. Prior to that, the Jewish people along with Arabs and Christians all lived peaceably together for a millennia in the land known as Palestine.
On November 2, 1917, the British Government expressed its sympathy with Jewish Zionist aspirations and announced that it would use its “best endeavors” to facilitate “the establishment in Palestine of a national home for the Jewish people”.
The announcement came in a letter from Foreign Secretary Arthur Balfour to Lionel Walter, 2nd Lord Rothschild (1868-1937), the unofficial leader of the British Jewish community. Incidentally, the Rothschild family themselves claim they are ancestral Jewish, when in fact they are Khazar’s from an area between the Black Sea and the Caspian Sea, which is now predominantly occupied by Georgia.
The reason the Rothschild’s claim to be Jewish is that the Khazar’s under the instruction of the king, converted to Judaism around 740 A.D., but of course, that did not include converting their Asiatic Turkic genes to the genes of the ancestral Jewish people. These people today knowingly lie to the world with their claims that the land of Israel is theirs by birthright, when in fact their real homeland is over 800 miles away in Georgia.
The Balfour Declaration became the diplomatic foundation stone of the modern state of Israel. The origins of the letter had begun in the early twentieth century, when Chaim Weizmann, the leading spokesman for Zionism in Britain began to solicit support among the British people.
The original letter was presented to The British Library in 1924 by Lionel Walter, 2nd Lord Rothschild:
November 2nd, 1917.
Dear Lord Rothschild,
I have much pleasure in conveying to you, on behalf of His Majesty’s Government, the following declaration of sympathy with Jewish Zionist aspirations which has been submitted to, and approved by, the Cabinet
“His Majesty’s Government view with favor the establishment in Palestine of a national home for the Jewish people, and will use their best endeavors to facilitate the achievement of this object, it being clearly understood that nothing shall be done which may prejudice the civil and religious rights of existing non-Jewish communities in Palestine, or the rights and political status enjoyed by Jews in any other country”.
I should be grateful if you would bring this declaration to the knowledge of the Zionist Federation.
Arthur James Balfour
The Balfour Declaration used deliberately vague language. The term “national home” was chosen in order to minimize the Zionist dream, to make Palestine a Jewish state.
The Arabs, whose “civil and religious” (not national and political) rights were not to be prejudiced as the declaration put it, were referred to only as “existing non-Jewish communities”.
Ultimately, the Rothschild’s being Zionists themselves saw the financial and political advantage of creating a National Jewish state, and for at least two decades until the outbreak of the Second World War they allowed the Zionist movement to bring hundreds of thousands of ancestral Jewish immigrants along with Ashkenazi Jewish-converts into Palestine.
These new arrivals set up hundreds of settlements, including several towns as well as the political, economic, military and cultural infrastructure of the future state of Israel. The Balfour Declaration was the opening chapter in a long list of suffering and oppression of the indigenous non-Jewish people of Palestine, that began with the creation of the Zionist state of Israel in 1948.
Having studied the Israel / Palestine conflict over the last several decades, it has become quite clear to me that the parties involved in the area have been buried under a mass of distortion, misinformation and insidious propaganda—which have misrepresented the actual facts and veiled the historical and legal truth to the extent that the Palestinian victims are made to appear as being the wrongdoers and the Zionist wrongdoers as the victims.
The present problem in Palestine is the derivative of an extraordinary accumulation of injustices, illegalities, and violations by Zionists of many decencies: violations of international law, violations of League of Nations and United Nations provisions, and violations of fundamental human rights.
For more than three-quarters of a century there has been an endless conflict between the indigenous Palestinian Arab people and alien-imported Zionist ideology, which maintains that Palestine belongs to “the Jews.”
On the other hand, there is the international law perspective which rejects the Zionist ideological claim and its form of extralegal logic.
It may be stated with historical accuracy that the great power of organized international Zionism has used power politics and propaganda, along with a large measure of military methods, to deal with the problems of Palestine.
From this accurate premise it may be erroneously deduced that international law has been a failure in the Palestine question.
It would be far more accurate to conclude that international law has not even been applied in the Zionist-Palestinian issue.
A careful legal and historical analysis demonstrates beyond any doubt that the Balfour Declaration is invalid under the criteria of modern international law; it should also be recalled that the instruments of Zionist discrimination and oppression of the Palestinian people in Palestine-Israel have not been established in a day or even as short a period of time as a half century, as Zionist beginnings at the latest, were at the first Zionist Congress in Basel Switzerland in 1897.
From there Zionism has proceeded extra-legally one step at a time in a carefully orchestrated program utilizing political, military, and propaganda instruments, culminating in the illegal military fait accompli of 1948 when “the Jewish State” of Israel was installed by organized Zionism.
The indigenous Arabs were ruthlessly driven out as part of an Israeli master-plan to rid Palestine of its Arab people in order to build an exclusivist “Jewish” state, and the few Arabs who remained in “Israel” have been exploited and repressed by the Israeli Zionist establishment ever since.
Any objective student of the Middle East will reach these same conclusions if they analyze Zionist history and its consistent violations of international legal principles and norms.
Moreover, without an understanding of these causative factors of the Palestine-Israel conflict, it is important to recognize that the plight of the Palestinian people will continue to be ignorantly ignored.
What must be axiomatically recognized is that the violent uprooting of the Palestinians from their native land by international Zionists and their Western political accomplices can have no legal or moral justification. Not only is it a violation of international law and the principles of the United Nations Charter, it also constitutes an unparalleled violation of elementary principles of humanity.
Most people assume that all ancestral Jews who practice Judaism support and defend the state of Israel. Nothing could be further from the truth.
Please watch below as Rabbi Dovid Feldman speaks at the One Democratic Palestine’s annual general meeting on August 20, 2023—where he talks about the true reality of the Palestine conflict, and how opposing the state of Israel is NOT anti-Semitic.
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More about the articles Author: Dan Asmussen is the Director of Membership & Community for TLBTalk.com and has been a TLB Project content contributor for well over a decade.
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