The Balfour Project launched the first pilot Peace Advocacy Fellowship in 2019. Since then there have been two further cohorts. The Fellowship is open to final year undergraduate and postgraduate students based in the UK who are committed to the Balfour Project Approach (see below).
As a fellow, you will be given the opportunity to make a tangible contribution to the work of the Balfour Project by campaigning for peace on the basis of the charity’s approach within your academic institution and more generally.
The Balfour Project Approach
Our mission as a charity is to acknowledge Britain’s historic and continuing responsibilities to uphold equal rights for the Israeli and Palestinian peoples through popular education and advocacy. We work to persuade the British Government to recognise the state of Palestine alongside the state of Israel.
What distinguishes the Balfour Project in its activism for peace between Israelis and Palestinians is its concentration on Britain’s historic responsibility for the failure to deliver peaceful self-determination to both Israelis and Palestinians when the Palestine Mandate terminated in 1948. It calls on Britain to acknowledge this responsibility, and to accept that it therefore has a particular obligation to promote peace between Israelis and Palestinians today on the strict basis of the acknowledgement of the rights and obligations of each side in international law, including international humanitarian law and human rights law. This includes (a) acceptance of the state of Israel as a sovereign state and member of the United Nations and (b) acceptance of the right to self-determination of the Palestinian People on the Palestinian lands occupied by Israel in 1967 (“the Occupied Palestinian Territory”), including immediate recognition by Britain of Palestine as a sovereign state enjoying sovereignty over the entirety of that land.
One of the important issues that the Balfour Project aims to promote through discussion and advocacy is the impact and significance of recognition. The implications of British recognition should be more than symbolic and have a positive effect on the mindset of Palestinians and Britons, as well as providing a wake-up call to Israelis. It would also highlight issues such as the weakness of the legal title held by Israelis who choose to live in settlements, as well as iniquities such as the lack of freedom of movement for Palestinians within the Occupied Palestinian Territory.
The Balfour Project Approach thus aims to achieve a much greater public awareness of Britain’s current and historic responsibilities in the Middle East, and in particular of Britain’s role there in the first half of the twentieth century. The Balfour Project invites the government and people of the United Kingdom
- to learn what the Balfour Declaration and Palestine mean for both Arabs and Jews,
- to acknowledge that while a homeland for the Jewish people has been achieved, the promise to protect the rights of the Palestinian people has not been fulfilled,
- and to urge effective action to promote justice, security and peace for Israelis and Palestinians.
Duties of the Fellows
Firstly, Fellows will be expected to take part in the training programme offer by the Balfour Project which features both knowledge and skills-based workshops on a wide range of topics, including international law, history, interfaith dialogue, public speaking, campaigning and event planning. Secondly, Fellows are expected to work with other fellows on a project. These projects should be on an area related to Israel/Palestine that they feel passionate about. The Fellowship programme puts an emphasis on active projects, such as campaigns, campus events or panel discussions. You can read more about previous and current Fellows projects here.
The fellows will work closely with, and will always be subject to, supervision by the Balfour Project team administering the fellowship scheme.
Find out more about our current Fellows here