Balfour Declaration at 100: Seeds of Discord
The Balfour Declaration was a public promise by the British government during World War One, announcing support for the establishment of “a national home for the Jewish people” in Palestine. One hundred years later, the implementation of the Balfour Declaration has resulted in the quagmire of opinions and beliefs about the Arab-Israeli conflict in general and the ongoing civil unrest between the Muslim and Jewish populations of Israel and Palestine.
Some months ago, the Al Jazeera news service this 48 minute long documentary that presents the Islamic viewpoint on the origins of the conflict in Israel. Against the backdrop of the recent violence in Israel and the prospect for further escalation, it is important to take into account the beliefs of the combattants about the origins of the issues they are fighting over.
We don’t necessarily agree with the content of the documentary, but it is well worth watching to get a broader perspective on the ongoing conflict in the place some call Israel and others call Palestine.