mercredi 12 avril 2017

PRC: Balfour apology petition garners over 11,000 signatures

PRC : La pétition pour les excuses au sujet de Balfour rassemble plus de 11000 signatures


A petition urging the British government to apologize for the tragic fallouts of the Balfour Declaration received over 11,000 signatures, the Palestinian Return Center (PRC) reported.

According to the London-based PRC, the UK government is duty-bound to respond to the campaign in three days as any petition signed by more than 10,000 people will have a government response released alongside it.

PRC’s Executive Director, Tareq Hammoud, said the move is a sign of the increasing popularity garnered by the Balfour Apology Campaign.

“The fact that the petition reached a 10,000-signature threshold heralds a significant shift in public opinion vis-à-vis the Palestinian cause over the past decade,” said Hammoud.

Efforts have, meanwhile, been in full swing to reach a 100,000-signature threshold in an attempt to make the petition eligible for a House of Commons debate.

The petition makes part of PRC’s underway endeavors to urge the British government to make an apology over the Balfour pledge and to backtrack on its intent to mark the centenary of the declaration.

The Balfour Declaration was a letter dated November 2, 1917 from the United Kingdom's Foreign Secretary Arthur James Balfour to Walter Rothschild, 2nd Baron Rothschild, a leader of the British Jewish community. The text of the letter gave, one hundred years ago, green light for the establishment, in Palestine, of a national home for the Jewish people.

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