TBD Balfour Blog by Hilik
Lord Arthur James Balfour, Foreign Secretary of the United Kingdom, declared 100 years ago on behalf of His Majesty's Government, sympathy with Jewish Zionist aspirations, which was only later reaffirmed by the international community on a number of occasions.
So, too, do we declare our commitment to Jewish national rights in the ancestral and indigenous homeland of the Jewish People as a fulfillment of the promise made by Lord Balfour and others.
We declare our commitment to the State of Israel as a Jewish and democratic state that upholds the ideals set forth by Balfour for Israel, in which, “nothing shall be done which may prejudice the civil and religious rights of existing non- Jewish communities in Palestine or the rights and political status enjoyed by Jews in any other country."
We stand against terrorism, incitement and Antisemitism in any form and declare our commitment to defeating the trends and manifestations of hatred that deny Jewish indigenous national rights, determined as anti-Semitic according to the recent definition of the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA), legally adopted by the British Government.
We declare our commitment to defeat the efforts to undermine, isolate, delegitimize and dehumanize Israel, her citizens and nationhood.
We declare our affirmation of Balfour’s Declaration 100 years ago and for 100 years in the future and beyond.
We call on Israel’s neighbours to recognize Israel as the national homeland of the Jewish People and that it has the same legitimacy as the many countries in the world that are defined according to a religious, national or ethnic basis.
We call on international institutions to treat Israel fairly and equally and not single it out for discriminatory and unjust treatment.
We call on the nations of the world to assist Israel in achieving peace with its neighbours, a firm goal of the Zionist movement since its inception and a constant prayer and goal of the Jewish People.
Our voice stands as a recognition of the practical and strategic value of the Jewish State to history, humanity and civilization worldwide.
We have the pleasure and pride in conveying this declaration of affirmation of Jewish national rights and aspirations as integral to the Zionist movement.
WHAT CAN YOU DO?
A celebration of the Balfour Declaration invites a deeper understanding of the long history of our struggle to create a place where the Jewish people could live free in our ancient homeland.
We aim to collect 1 million signatures by the 100th anniversary of the Balfour Declaration on November 2, 2017 to be presented to world bodies, organizations, and heads of state.
MAKE IT YOUR DECLARATION!
SIGN, SHARE AND HELP MAKE A DIFFERENCE! Together, we can show the world that the international recognition of the Jewish connection to Israel perpetuates all over the world today.
Interested in launching the Balfour Initiative in your community? Contact us for programming ideas and free resources for you to use in making this a meaningful and successful campaign all over the world.