The Balfour Declaration

November 2 is remembered by some Israelis as Balfour Day, since the “Balfour Declaration” was drafted on that day in 1917.

Last week that day came and passed without much fanfare, though the declaration was mentioned to me by an Arab friend as he rewrote some Middle East history for me.

“The Balfour Declaration called for a Jewish home in Uganda” he informed me. In fact, the Balfour Declaration calls for the establishment of a Jewish homeland “in Palestine.” (Click on the image to see a larger, more easily readable image.)

That he missed this one so wildly, makes me wonder how accurate he is in reporting what happened at this or that conflict point as he keeps me up to date on what’s happening in the local struggle between the Jews and Arabs.

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