Erekat on Balfour: World Must End Decades of Occupation

RAMALLAH, November 2, 2015 (WAFA) – Secretary-General of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), Saeb Erekat, said on the occasion of the 98th anniversary of the Balfour Declaration, that the “international community must take immediate steps to remediate the decades of occupation, colonialism and exile.”

He said, “The United Kingdom in particular should close the darkness of its colonialist past in the region by taking concrete steps in order to protect and promote Palestinian rights, including the recognition of the State of Palestine on the 1967 border with East Jerusalem as its capital.”

Erekat added that the destiny of the entire Palestinian nation changed 98 years ago “due to the action of a foreign colonial power.”

The declaration should serve as a reminder that “what is happening in Palestine is a result of colonial decisions made in faraway capitals,” he said.

Erekat made it clear that the problem “was not with Jews living in Palestine, but with the transformation of an Arab country overwhelmingly Christian and Muslim, into an exclusively Jewish State.”

On November 2, 1917, UK’s then Foreign Minister Arthur Balfour promised Palestine, a country over which Britain had no legal right, to the Jewish people.