“UK refuses to apologise to Palestinians for Balfour Declaration and says it is ‘proud of role in creating Israel’”, by Lizzie Dearden, UK Independent, April 26, 2017:
Palestinian leaders have vowed to sue the British Government after it refused to apologise for a 1917 declaration that paved the way for the creation of Israel.
Mahmoud Abbas had called for an apology in his address to the UN General Assembly in September, ahead of planned celebrations by British and Israeli officials to mark the centenary of the Balfour Declaration.
More than 13,500 people signed a petition calling for the Government to “openly apologise to the Palestinian people” over the letter, saying the UK’s colonial policy caused “mass displacement” and injustice.
The number of signatures failed to pass the benchmark for a parliamentary debate but the Government issued a formal response.
“The Balfour Declaration is an historic statement for which HMG does not intend to apologise,” it said.
“We are proud of our role in creating the State of Israel. The task now is to encourage moves towards peace.”
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