The aims and objectives of the Balfour Project

Acknowledging Britain’s continuing historical responsibilities, through popular education and advocacy to persuade the British Government to recognise the state of Palestine alongside the state of Israel and uphold equal rights. 

PM Johnson’s appeal to Israel over annexation

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British MPs and Lords urge PM to prevent ‘illegal’ Israeli annexation, threatening sanctions.

One hundred and twenty seven British MPs and members of the House of Lords have written an open letter to the Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, expressing “outrage” at the Israeli Government’s plans to annex large tracts of Palestinian West Bank territory Israel occupied in 1967, and saying “it is vital that the UK does everything in its power to prevent this.” They say the UK Government  ” must make it clear publicly to Israel that any annexation will have severe consequences including sanctions”, and they ask Britain to take the lead in bringing its internatonal partners together to prevent “this illegal action.” Click here to read the letter in full.

Joint letter by 1,080 parliamentarians from 25 European countries to European governments and leaders against Israeli annexation of West Bank

By recognising Palestine, Britain can help right the wrongs of the Balfour declaration – by Avi Shlaim

Church leaders across globe ‘deeply concerned’ by annexation plans

Catholic and Anglican Bishops from the Holy Land Coordination group have called on the UK government and parliamentarians to help prevent annexation of the West Bank

We Cannot Justify Israel’s West Bank Annexation – by 40 signatories in Haaretz

Letter to The Telegraph opposing Israeli annexation, 13 June 2020

‘Boris Johnson must stand up against an annexation of the West Bank’ – Christian Aid

Israeli Policy Working Group Letter to the Right Hon Boris Johnson Prime Minister

Boris Johnson has to stand up to Netanyahu’s annexation plans – for the sake of the Palestinians and peace – by Donald Macintyre

Question of future UK-Israel trade links if annexation goes ahead

A British Palestinian Perspective: Welcome to the Palestine archipelago – by Ahmad Samih Khalidi

The Elders on annexation: the prospect of ‘a viable, sovereign and contiguous’ Palestinian state alongside Israel may be over

‘Annexation would be a calamitous step for Israel’ By Rabbi Janner-Klausner

Trump’s “Deal of the Century” Is Modeled on South African Apartheid

By Alon Liel, Israeli ex Ambassador to South Africa raises the Apartheid question

‘ Uncertainty still about West Bank annexation’ – Guardian report

Palestine/Israel, the FCO and No 10 – briefing by Sir Jeremy Greenstock

“West Bank annexations must come in context of Palestinian state, White House tells Israel”

11 European ambassadors warn Israel against West Bank annexation

Statement by Ambassador James Roscoe, acting UK Deputy Permanent Representative to the UN, at the Security Council briefing on the Middle East Peace Process

Britain has said it is “deeply concerned” by reports that the new Israeli government coalition has reached an agreement which paves the way for annexation of parts of the West Bank. The acting UK  Deputy Permanent Representative to the UN, Ambassador James Roscoe, speaking to the Security Council, said ” the UK position is clear: any unilateral moves towards annexation of parts of the West Bank by Israel would be damaging to efforts to restart peace negotiations and would be contrary to international law.”  The UK supported “a negotiated settlement leading to a safe and secure Israel living alongside a viable and sovereign Palestinian state based on the 1967 borders…”

Read full statement here. 

UK Government affirms its position that Israel’s annexation plans of occupied Palestinian territory is contrary to international law. Read more

Palestine/Israel: Britain’s role, then and now

Sir Vincent Fean’s online talk on April 2nd 2020

Watch From Balfour to Banksy

This film is an attempt to support the goals of peace and reconciliation in Israel and Palestine. Reconciliation is impossible unless both sides face reality. This film looks at the losers in Palestine a century after Britain’s ‘Balfour Declaration’. And, 50 years after the end of the 1967 war, it records some of the realities of life for millions of contemporary Palestinians who still live in a military zone – who live behind a wall, in limited and stressful conditions, and with seriously compromised human rights.

Burying the Nakba 

One of several articles in Haaretz showing how Israel is removing documentation on the Nakba.  Very similar to the way Britain behaved during the Mandate.

Where Is the World for the Palestinians?

By El Hassan bin Talal

Jerusalem and The Deal of The Century: What it Is, What it Isn’t, Does it Matter?

By Daniel Siedemann

Prominent Israelis and Church leaders from Jerusalem, together with British organisations and individuals give their opinions about the plan. Sir Vincent Fean writes an open letter to Boris Johnson whilst Bishops call for the application of international law in the Holy Land to enable peace and political progress as situation worsens.

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