The racist worldview of Arthur Balfour
Publisher: The Electronic Intifada
Date Written: 18/10/2017
Year Published: 2017
Resource Type: Article
Cx Number: CX21564
A look at British foreign secretary Arthur James Balfour, whose Declaration of 1917 led to the expulsion of Palestinians.
Excerpt: Arthur James Balfour will, no doubt, be praised effusively by supporters of Israel in the coming weeks for a brief document he signed 100 years ago.
As Britain's foreign secretary in November 1917, Balfour declared his backing to the Zionist colonization project. Through his declaration, Britain became the imperial sponsor of a Jewish state - euphemistically called a "Jewish national home" - that would be established in Palestine by expelling its indigenous people en masse.