4. University o f Manchester academic Nick Thoburn grabbed some media space by reportedly saying he was dismayed that the University had allowed a Balfour Declaration commemoration event to take place on its campus - adding for good measure:
Lord Balfour (declared), chillingly, that Zionism was 'of far profounder import than the desire and prejudices of the 700,000 Arabs who now inhabit that ancient land'
Chillingly - our news-grabbing academic selectively misquoted what Lord Balfour actually said:
The Four Great Powers are committed to Zionism. And Zionism, be it right or wrong, good or bad, is rooted in age-long traditions, in present needs, in future hopes, of far profounder import than the desires and prejudices of the 700,000 Arabs who now inhabit that ancient land
Nick appears to have been engaging in deliberate spin.
Nick should be looking for another job outside academia if this is the standard of his intellectual expertise.
5. Ambassador Jonathan Allen - UK deputy permanent representative to the UN told the Security Council on 17 October:
And let us remember, there are two halves of Balfour, the second half of which has not been fulfilled. There is therefore unfinished business.
Ambassador Allen was spouting pure unadulterated fiction. There are no two halves of the Balfour Declaration.
There is however "unfinished business": allocating sovereignty in the last remaining 5% of Palestine between Jordan and Israel – the two successor States in Palestine – as was first envisaged by Article 25 of the 1922 League of Nations Mandate for Palestine.
The sooner this business is concluded – the sooner the Arab-Jewish conflict can be resolved.
It surely is time to end 100 years of relentlessly hounding 15 million Jews world-wide and falsely and misleadingly lambasting their tiny Jewish State.
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