Category Archives: Misc

A warning for Christians – from the birthplace of Christ

The Rev. Munther Isaac speaks from inside the walls of beleaguered Bethlehem Munther Isaac is a Palestinian Christian pastor and theologian. He is pastor of  the Evangelical Lutheran Christmas Church in Bethlehem. He is also the academic dean of Bethlehem … Continue reading

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Will Sunak persevere with the Boycott Bill to outlaw local councils’ ethical investment decisions?

By Richard Burden, Balfour Project Trustee Britain has a new Prime Minister and at least some different faces in Cabinet from those who were there a few weeks ago. Although headlines are understandably dominated by questions about the approach the … Continue reading

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Advocacy: Email your MP

Reckless folly: our Government must not move the UK Embassy to Jerusalem10 October 2022 #StandWithThe618 August 2022 Unlawful Israeli army assault on Palestinian human rights organisations in Ramallah18 August 2022 Email your MP to help #StopE11 August 2022 Save Masafer … Continue reading

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UK apology sought for British war crimes in Palestine

The Balfour Project comments that Israel inherited, deployed after 1948 and still deploys, in the occupied Palestinian territory. many of the British defence emergency regulations, including arrest without trial, military courts  house demolitions, armed attacks against civilian targets and the … Continue reading

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Embassy move to Jerusalem

Britain’s Prime Minister, Rishi Sunak, has dropped the idea of “reviewing” the location of the UK Embassy in Israel, as suggested by his predecessor Liz Truss. Her proposal was to consider moving the embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, a … Continue reading

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We Could Have Been Friends, My Father and I by Raja Shehadeh

A Palestinian Memoir Profile Books, £14.99, 152pp Review by Tim Llewellyn This is a slight book physically, but boiling with emotion recollected in less than tranquillity, a son’s difficult voyage in time to try to connect with, understand, explain and … Continue reading

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BRITAIN IN PALESTINE, 1838-1882: THE ROOTS OF THE BALFOUR POLICY

By Alexander Schloch As the Ottoman Empire began to open to European penetration, between 1831 and 1840, the various Powers, including the British, strengthened their presence in Palestine and their footholds in the empire by establishing diplomatic missions and setting … Continue reading

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Fellowship Training Programme

The training programme outlines the skills-based and knowledge based workshops that Fellows will attend as part of the Fellowship programme. See the 2022-23 training programme below.

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Don’t forget Palestine

There is now extensive evidence that the government of Israel is blatantly violating international law in its rule over the occupied Palestinian lands and its oppressive practices against the Palestinian people. As a friend of Israel, I feel obliged to … Continue reading

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Timeline – 19th Century

Early 1800s Literal reading of the Bible, which had started in the 1600s, develops further, influenced by John Nelson Darby, Edward Irvine and Prophetic Conferences such as those in Albury. 1840 Lord Shaftesbury, best remembered for legislation on child labour … Continue reading

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Timeline – Early History: Common Era

66-70 Romans suppress a major  Jewish revolt and the Temple is destroyed. The conquering Roman general, Vespasian, became emperor. 132-135 The Bar Kokba revolt. Jews barred from entering Jerusalem. The Romans name the province Syria Palaestina. Jews move North into … Continue reading

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Timeline – Before the Common Era

Early History Before the Common Era 2000-1500 BCE Re-establishment of strong political power in Egypt with advent of the Middle Kingdom led to revitalisation and expansion of trade routes and a period of great prosperity in the Levant. It witnessed … Continue reading

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Live Literature: Palestine and Israel

by Emily Abdeni-Holman and Salma Altabari The live literature reading project provides online guides for conducting live literature reading groups in relation to Palestine and Israel. These guides aim to facilitate bringing people together to discuss Palestinian and Israeli literature. The … Continue reading

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Is Israel’s rule in the occupied territories apartheid? Yes, finds report by the UN Human Rights Rapporteur

This is the full text of the report of the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Human Rights in the occupied Palestinian territory, Michael Lynk, to the UN Human Rights Council on March 21, 2022. In it, he comes to the … Continue reading

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Book Review: Nine Quarters of Jerusalem, a New Biography of the Old City by Matthew Teller

Profile Books. Hard cover. £16.99 Review by Menachem Klein Watch recording of Matthew Teller’s ‘Nine Quarters of Jerusalem’ book launch live from Jerusalem. This event was jointly organised by the Bethlehem Cultural Festival, Educational Bookshop Jerusalem and Balfour Project. ..a … Continue reading

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FAQs

What people ask about the Balfour Project Why the name? A small group of British people asked themselves how their country would mark the centenary of the Balfour Declaration (2017). They called their research, reflections and advocacy the Balfour Project. … Continue reading

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Gift Aid Form

What is Gift Aid? Gift Aid is a scheme which allows charities to claim extra money from HMRC. A charity can claim an extra 25p for every £1 you donate if you pay at least the basic rate of tax and … Continue reading

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Desmond Tutu to Haaretz: This Is My Plea to the People of Israel

Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu wrote an exclusive article for Haaretz in 2014, in which he called for a global boycott of Israel and urged Israelis and Palestinians to look beyond their leaders for a sustainable solution to the crisis in … Continue reading

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Legacy Giving

Help our vital work by leaving a gift in your will. A legacy gift will allow you to play an important part in helping to continue our work. A legacy gift is a unique and very meaningful type of gift. … Continue reading

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Balfour Project Policy on Racism

The Balfour Project opposes and condemns racism and racial, religious and ethnic prejudice of all types. We believe in the promotion of a society that is tolerant and understanding of all races, cultures, and faiths. In particular, and bearing in … Continue reading

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Connecting Parliaments in Europe for Israeli/Palestinian equality

By Julie Elliott MP Europe is neighbour, friend and trading partner to both Israel and Palestine. Economically, the EU/Israel Association Agreement matters greatly to Israel, affording free access to its biggest market. The same terms apply to the UK/Israel Trade … Continue reading

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‘Serious concerns’: UK education row as Israel-Palestine textbooks pulled

Published by Liz Lightfoot in The Guardian on 8 June 2021. The government has warned schools to ensure a balanced presentation of opposing views on the conflict between Israel and Palestine, which claimed more than 250 lives last month and sparked a … Continue reading

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Briefing to the 8782nd session of the Security Council, May 27, 2021

Posted May 31, 2021 by Rashid Khalidi in MR Online. The events of the last few weeks have provoked worldwide recognition of realities on the ground in Occupied Palestine, realities of systemic discrimination, of oppression, and of settler colonialism. People have responded to … Continue reading

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Cross Party Group on Palestine/Israel Upholding International Law, advocating Equal Rights and Palestinian national self-determination in the Occupied Palestinian Territory

2021 Action Plan Goal Build broad, Cross-Party support in Parliament for British Government action to advance equal rights between Israelis and Palestinians, contributing to ending the Occupation of 1967. There is urgency: Israel’s political leadership is opposed to (and systematically … Continue reading

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‘Experiment and Adventure’: Balfour Defends his Declaration

House of Lords, 21 June 1922 By William M Mathew Contents PART IPART IIPART III   PART I On 21 June 1922, following his elevation to the peerage a few weeks earlier, Arthur Balfour – now the Earl of Balfour … Continue reading

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Foreign Secretary statement on Palestinian elections

A statement from the Foreign Secretary, Dominic Raab, on the postponement of elections in the Occupied Palestinian Territories. Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said: It is disappointing that elections in the Occupied Palestinian Territories have been postponed. The Palestinian people should … Continue reading

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53 years of military occupation: incitement and Palestinian school textbooks

What is more likely to incite violence? Military occupation for 53 years. Over 650,000 Israelis in illegal settlements in the occupied Palestinian West Bank, including East Jerusalem 12,000 new settler housing units approved by the Israeli Government in 2020, plus … Continue reading

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British activists and charities condemn PM statement

UK charities statement on the Prime Minister’s comments on the International Criminal Court (ICC) investigation – 14 April 2021 We condemn the Prime Minister’s statement on the ICC’s investigation into alleged gravecrimes committed in the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt). This … Continue reading

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Palestinian envoy to UK criticises PM on ICC

The head of the Palestinian mission to the United Kingdom, Husam Zomlot, has made the following statement: The announcement by UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson in a letter to the Conservative Friends of Israel that the UK opposes the International … Continue reading

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Statement by European Parliamentarians for Israeli-Palestinian Equality

We, the undersigned, share our deep concern at the threat of illegal Israeli annexation of any part of the occupied Palestinian West Bank. Unilateral annexation is a grave breach of international law, and a further obstacle to achieving equal rights … Continue reading

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Statement by European Parliamentarians for Israeli-Palestinian Equality

We, the undersigned, share our deep concern at the threat of illegal Israeli annexation of any part of the occupied Palestinian West Bank. Unilateral annexation is a grave breach of international law, and a further obstacle to achieving equal rights … Continue reading

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Rev Dr Munther Isaac – Christian Zionism as Imperial Theology

Thank you all for joining us. I’m privileged to speak to you and address this really important and relevant topic of Christian Zionism as an imperial theology. The impact and influence of Christian Zionism have been manifested, especially in the … Continue reading

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The last day in the life of Milad Salama

By Nathan Thrall, published in The New York Review, 19 March 2021. One man’s quest to find his son lays bare the reality of Palestinian life under Israeli rule. This article, from the New York Review of Books, explains the … Continue reading

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Patron Baroness Warsi

Sayeeda Hussain Warsi is a British lawyer, politician and member of the House of Lords who served as co-Chairwoman of the Conservative Party from 2010 to 2012. She served in Cameron–Clegg coalition, first as the Minister without portfolio between 2010 … Continue reading

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Patron Rabbi Danny Rich

Rabbi Danny Rich is a free-lance Jewish educator, having been the Senior Rabbi and Chief Executive of Liberal Judaism from 2005 to 2020 and, prior to this, serving as rabbi to Kingston Liberal Synagogue for nearly two decades. Rabbi Rich … Continue reading

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India, Palestine and the Balfour Declaration

How the Zionists hitched a ride on the Imperialist bandwagon By William M Mathew It was fundamental folly to annex Palestine out of persistent anxieties over imperial, notably Indian, security, while at the same pursuing therein a policy of Zionist … Continue reading

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Bedouins in Area C

By Adam Abdalla, Jordan Jones, Stav Salpeter Our aim is twofold. Firstly, we raise awareness of the situation of the Bedouin communities living in Area C, who are structurally sidelined both due to the occupation and within the Palestinian society. … Continue reading

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IHRA Report Project

By Gilang Al Ghifari Lukman, Jack Walton, Martha Scott-Cracknell, Omar Sharif, Sarah Chaya Smith In this project, we explore the controversial issues surrounding the effects of the IHRA (International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance) working definition of antisemitism — in particular issues of … Continue reading

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Israel-Palestine in Schools in the UK

By Aimée-Stephanie Reid, Haneen Zeglam, Sam Lytton Cobbold Click here to download the report.

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Fellows Projects

2021/22 Legacies and Possibilities: Perspectives on Palestinian Heritage by Archie Williams, Amber Khan and Cecilia Cáceres Juan Life in Late Ottoman and Mandatory Palestine: a Social History Workshop for Secondary Schools by Eibhlin Priestley and Jean Franco Live Literature: Palestine … Continue reading

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Statement for Conference on Jerusalem

Israel/Palestine: Equal Rights for lasting Peace We acknowledge Britain’s historic responsibilities for inequality and discrimination in Jerusalem and across the Holy Land. They stem from the last century, through the Balfour Declaration and the British Mandate for Palestine, with consequences … Continue reading

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COPY_ Israel – Palestine: Equal Rights for lasting Peace #2

Click here to read the British Governmanet’s position on Jerusalem. Julie Elliott MP, with seven other signatories of the Balfour Project statement ‘Israel-Palestine: Equal Rights for lasting Peace’, has conveyed its five requests to the Prime Minister and the Foreign … Continue reading

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The British Government’s current position on Israel and Palestine: Water

Question by Baroness Northover (Lib Dem) on 24th September 2020 (HL8468) To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made ofreports that the government of Israel is demolishing water, sanitation and hygiene structures used by Palestinians in the West … Continue reading

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The British Government’s current position on Israel and Palestine: Environmental issues

Question by Baroness Janke (Lib Dem) on 24th January 2022 (HL5626) To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to protect Palestinians in territories occupied by Israel from damage to olive groves and crops by Israeli settlers. Answer from … Continue reading

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British Government’s Current Position: Education of Israeli & Palestinian children

Question by Caroline Ansell (Conservative) on 24th May 2022 (UIN8084) To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what recent discussions she has had with representatives of the Palestinian Authority (PA) on the removal of material … Continue reading

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British Government’s Current Position: Freedom of worship in Israel, Jerusalem & the West Bank

Question by Baroness Janke (Lib Dem) on 23rd May 2022 (HL423) To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of religious freedom for (1) Christians, and (2) Muslims, in Jerusalem, especially during Jewish festivals. Answer from Lord Ahmad … Continue reading

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