Conference marks 100 years after Britain backed Jewish state
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) — A one-day conference in Harvard Square is reflecting on the 100 years since Great Britain controversially endorsed the establishment of Jewish state in Palestine.
More than a dozen speakers are slated to participate in “Balfour’s Legacy: Confronting the Consequences” on Saturday at The First Parish in Cambridge.
Yusuf Munayyer, who leads the U.S. Campaign for Palestinian Rights, will give the keynote address. The event is organized by The Alliance for Water Justice in Palestine and The Trans Arab Research Institute.
The so-called Balfour Declaration was a letter from British Foreign Secretary Arthur Balfour to members of Britain’s Jewish community stating the government’s support for a “national home for the Jewish people” in Palestine.
The declaration was dated Nov. 2, 1917 and became public Nov. 9, 1917. It effectively ushered in the ongoing Israeli-Palestinian conflict.