Here is a timeline of all the rulers of the land of Israel, also known as Palestine, which got its name from the Roman Emperor Hadrian, who blotted out the name “Judea” and renamed it “Provincia Syria Palaestina” in AD 135.
Yes, Canaanites, Babylonians, Assyrians, Romans, the Jews – when King David captured Judea from the Philistines in 1000 BC – have all ruled the land.
But the so-called “Palestinians” ?
Not so much.
In 1917, when WWI ended, Britain was given rule of Palestine from the Turkish Ottoman Empire, who had ruled for the past 400 years.
In November, 1917, British Foreign Secretary Lord Arthur Balfour wrote the following letter to Walter Rothschild, a leader of the British Jewish community, and it became known as the Balfour Declaration:
His Majesty’s government view with favour the establishment in Palestine of a national home for the Jewish people, and will use their best endeavours to facilitate the achievement of this object, it being clearly understood that 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.
This declaration became a rallying cry for Arabs around the world, giving them an excuse to incite violence against Jews living in Palestine (and yes, the Jews were called “Palestinians” at that time) and also against Jews living in the various Arab countries.
This year, Arab groups have threatened to sue the British government for the one hundred-year-old Balfour Declaration, and are demanding an apology, which PM Theresea May’s government has now refused.
Via CNS News.
A Palestinian campaign to secure an official British apology for the 100-year-old Balfour Declaration has hit a wall, with Prime Minister Theresa May’s government saying it has no intention to do so.
“We are proud of our role in creating the State of Israel,” the Foreign and Commonwealth Office said in a written response to a petition calling on the government “to openly apologize to the Palestinian people for issuing the Balfour Declaration.”
In the context of the time, the FCO said, “establishing a homeland for the Jewish people in the land to which they had such strong historical and religious ties was the right and moral thing to do, particularly against the background of centuries of persecution.”
In response, Palestinian envoy in London Manuel Hassassian reaffirmed plans by Palestinian Authority (P.A.) chairman Mahmoud Abbas to sue Britain in an international court, the official Palestinian news agency WAFA reported Tuesday.
Hassassian said the legal action would only not go ahead if Britain backs down, apologizes to Palestinians for the 1917 declaration and recognizes the “state of Palestine.”….