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Palestinians Sue UK for Balfour Declaration

Palestinians Sue UK for Balfour Declaration

Thursday, 22 October, 2020 - 10:30
Palestinians walk at the headquarters of the High Court in Ramallah. Reuters file photo

Palestinians are suing the British government for the Balfour Declaration, more than a hundred years after it was first issued.

Head of the National Assembly of Independents Mounib al-Masri filed the lawsuit at the Palestinian courts, saying the Declaration was “the root of the suffering of the Palestinian people and paved the way for the violation of their rights and the confiscation of their land and capabilities.”

Masri said the lawsuit, launched in collaboration with other foundations, was part of an integrated program aimed to prosecute anyone who violates the rights of the Palestinian people.

It is also one of the outcomes of the national strategy conference to confront the US deal of the century and occupation policies launched in collaboration with al-Quds University, and in partnership with the Ministry of Justice and Palestine Economic Policy Research Institute (MAS).

Masri held the British government, and everyone who participated in the implementation of this declaration, responsible for the ongoing massacres and tragedies that the Palestinian people are subjected to, especially the crime of uprooting and displacing them.

The declaration became a project that was executed literally through the cancelation of the national Palestinian identity, while Zionist gangs in Palestine boosted their capabilities through training and arming, said Masri.

He condemned the silence regarding Zionists’ crimes against Palestinians who constituted 93 percent of the population.

The businessman clarified that the case will be registered before the competent courts in Ramallah on Thursday. It will be preceded by a public assembly to assert the Palestinian rejection of the Balfour Declaration, and all that resulted from it, including the deal of the century.

The meeting, which will be held at the hall in Zahra Towers near the Courts Complex in Ramallah, will include a seminar introducing the project.

The Palestinian Authority had repeatedly called on Britain to apologize for the Balfour Declaration and recognize a Palestinian state, as compensation for this crime, but the British government has not heeded such calls.

The registration of the case does not mean that the judiciary may issue a ruling because it requires a specialized judiciary.

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