#IAmBalfour â€“ Declaring 100 Years of Britainâ€™s Support for Israel
The Balfour Declaration, published on 2 November 1917, was a letter addressed by Foreign Secretary Arthur James Balfour that proclaimed Britain would support the establishment of â€śa national home for the Jewish peopleâ€ť. This declaration paved the way for Israel to be reborn as a nation.
In September 2016, the Palestinian Leader Mahmoud Abbas told the UN General Assembly that Britain should apologise for the Balfour Declaration. To attack Israelâ€™s very existence is at its root anti-Semitic.Â And in October 2016, anti-Israel activists launched a campaign to pressure the UK Government to apologise.
#IAmBalfour is a year-long petition, starting on the 99th Anniversary of the Balfour Declaration, which provides YOU with an opportunity to declare solidarity with Britainâ€™s 100 year support of Israel, seeks to raise awareness and urges the British Government to uphold its commitment to Israel and the Jewish people â€“ without apology.
TheÂ #IAmBalfourÂ Declaration
One-hundred years after the Balfour Declaration I declare:
The Jewish people have aÂ right to liveÂ in their ancient homeland and the modern State of Israel is the fulfilment of this historic right.
There is no excuse for acts of terrorism against Israel and it has the same right as every other nation toÂ defend her citizens.
IÂ standÂ with my brothers and sisters in Israel and commit toÂ speak outÂ on their behalf whenever and wherever necessary until the Jewish people are finally living in peace and security.
I declare my supportÂ for Britainâ€™s signing of the Balfour Declaration 100 years ago and affirm the role Britain played in the rebirth of the modern state of Israel.
I call uponÂ the UK Government to stand with Israel and the Jewish people and to honour the Balfour DeclarationÂ without apology.
If I was Arthur Balfour, I would have done the same.Â #IAmBalfour
This campaign provides a way for supporters of Israel around the world to make a declaration of solidarity with Israel, to thank Britain for the Balfour Declaration and encourage the British Government to continue their support for Israel.
This petition will be presented to the UK Government and to the Israeli Embassy in London on the 100th Anniversary of the Balfour Declaration.