‘Balfour’s Legacy: Confronting the Consequences’ to be held in Harvard Square

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The 100th anniversary of the Balfour Declaration has set the stage for some long overdue historical truth-telling.  

In the words of Prof. Anat Biletzki, who had been active in various human rights organizations in Israel for over 40 years, “The Balfour Declaration is usually celebrated in Israel and by many – most- Jews outside Israel as providing the international legitimation of Jewish sovereignty in Palestine.  Instead it can and should be seen as the explicit omen and stamp of approval for a nationalistic and colonialist Zionism.”

Conference flyer

On November 11 in Harvard Square (Cambridge, MA) Biletzki will be joining two dozen speakers and workshop facilitators at an all-day conference: ‘Balfour’s Legacy: Confronting the Consequences.’   

Speakers include the internationally-syndicated political commentator and author Rami Khouri.

To Khouri, “The Balfour Declaration captures all the negative dynamics that have plagued the Arab world and parts of the non-Arab Middle East for the past century – colonial interventions that displace indigenous people from their ancestral homeland, foreign political manipulations that reconfigure our lands and borders without consulting our people, and decision-making on the basis of the best interests of foreign capitals rather than local people.”

Professors Leila Farsakh, Lawrence Davidson, Susan Akram and Amahl Bishara will examine how the Zionist Project was implemented in historic Palestine, and consider its long-term consequences for Palestinians, world Jewry, the United States, the United Nations and international law.  

Following an afternoon keynote address by Yousef Munayyer, the executive director of the US Campaign for Palestinian Rights, panels will focus on the potential for connecting struggles to build power and the challenges and opportunities of organizing for Palestinian rights in the Age of Trump.   

Action-oriented workshops will develop many of the themes laid out by panelists:  building solidarity campaigns, fighting anti-BDS legislation, the future of Zionism, campus organizing and Israel’s water wars.

Balfour’s Legacy will take place on November 11 from 8am – to 6 pm at First Parish in Cambridge (3 Church Street, Harvard Square) and is free of charge.  It is organized by The Alliance for Water Justice in Palestine and The Trans Arab Research Institute and co-sponsored by 25 organizations.  

For more information see www.waterjusticeinpalestine.org or email [email protected]

About Nancy Murray

Nancy Murray, an advocate for Palestinian rights for over 25 years, has researched and written about surveillance for the ACLU of Massachusetts and its privacysos.org website.

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  1. pabelmont
    October 17, 2017, 4:26 pm

    Thanks Nancy, and how lucky you Cantabridgians, you Bostonians will all be!

  2. just
    October 17, 2017, 4:32 pm

    Thanks for the great news, Nancy. At long last~ it should prove stimulating.

    Here’s a link to the flyer in more easily readable font for those that might also be challenged:

    http://masspeaceaction.org/event/balfours-legacy-confronting-the-consequences/

  3. JosephA
    October 18, 2017, 11:03 am

    It sounds like quite a roster, I wish I could attend!

  4. Misterioso
    October 18, 2017, 8:24 pm

    https://electronicintifada.net/blogs/david-cronin/racist-worldview-arthur-balfour?utm_source=EI+readers&utm_campaign=667ddd15a9-RSS_EMAIL_CAMPAIGN&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_e802a7602d-667ddd15a9-290675021
     
    The Electronic Intifada
     
    The racist worldview of Arthur Balfour

    David Cronin Rights and Accountability 18 October 2017

    EXCERPT:
    The Balfour Declaration led to the expulsion of Palestinians.

    “Arthur James Balfour will, no doubt, be praised effusively by supporters of Israel in the coming weeks for a brief document he signed 100 years ago.

    “As Britain’s foreign secretary in November 1917, Balfour declared his backing to the Zionist colonization project. Through his declaration, Britain became the imperial sponsor of a Jewish state – euphemistically called a ‘Jewish national home’ – that would be established in Palestine by expelling its indigenous people en masse.

    “An assurance in that document about protecting Palestinian rights proved worthless. Balfour himself was quite happy to negate that assurance.

    “In 1919, he argued that Zionist aspirations were ‘of far profounder import than the desires and prejudices of the 700,000 Arabs who now inhabit that ancient land.’

    “Rather than being marked ‘with pride,’ as Theresa May, the current British prime minister, has promised, the centenary of the Balfour Declaration ought to be a time for sober reflection. One useful exercise would be to examine Balfour’s wider record of violence and racism.”

  5. Emory Riddle
    October 19, 2017, 8:01 am

    Will we be charged with a hate crime if we attend?

  6. DaBakr
    October 20, 2017, 5:28 pm

    Just another mw piece boiling everything down to: Israeli is the reason for all the Arab Muslim problems since the beginning of 20th century. Who but the left wingers living in a bubble is going to believe this. Even everyday middle class Christian Europeans are starting to see what bs this meme is. The far left in the US will probably take longer but it will follow.

    If the US Gov. Ever came out against balfour it would have to prepare for it’s indigenous population to pursue invalidating ALL the federal treaties that were broken(all were eexcept afew). The destruction of American natives was accomplished only a few years before balfour. And, the Europeans have NO indigenous connection to the land like Jews have to Israel.

    And oh yes, I know somebody will tell me the two are completely different issues. Only mondoweiss gets to engage in their self created whataboutism.

    • Mooser
      October 20, 2017, 8:52 pm

      “Just another mw piece boiling everything down to: Israeli is the reason for all the Arab Muslim problems since the beginning of 20th century”

      Yeah, those MW articles just keep on coming, a new one or more every day. And not a goddam thing you can do about it.

      ” Even everyday middle class Christian Europeans are starting to see what bs this meme is”

      Cause if there is one group Jews can count on for succor and support it’s “middle class Christian Europeans”. Maybe they will punish the bad left-wing Jews for you, too.

      “If the US Gov. Ever came out against balfour…”

      You must have some very strange ideas about the Balfour Letter. Do you really think it is a treaty the US signed? And what makes you think it has any bearing at all on US law?

      (I’m backing off the “raised in hothouses” theory. It must be hydroponics.)

      • DaBakr
        October 21, 2017, 3:25 am

        @m

        what I was really hoping for was a hit piece on hurricane harvy w. and his deep hollywood pocket.

    • Mooser
      October 20, 2017, 9:24 pm

      “And oh yes, I know somebody will tell me the two are completely different issues. Only mondoweiss gets to engage in their self created whataboutism.”

      I guess they haven’t read the Mondo “Coment Policy”. This is the first clause:

      ‘All comments from those supporting Zionism must not be replied to, except with adulatory support. No corrections of fact, chronology, law are allowed.

      Next, of course, we get to the sanity clause.

      • RoHa
        October 20, 2017, 10:09 pm

        Too early for a sanity clause. We haven’t even got past Halloween.

      • DaBakr
        October 21, 2017, 3:28 am

        @m

        skip the sanity cause and go right to the any denial of the nazi = zionist will not be tolerated.

      • Mooser
        October 21, 2017, 12:46 pm

        ” to the any denial of the nazi = zionist will not be tolerated”

        “Note, if you will, Dr. Watson, how deeply the parsing has sunk into the blubber.”

    • eljay
      October 20, 2017, 10:39 pm

      || DaBakr: … the Europeans have NO indigenous connection to the land like Jews have to Israel. … ||

      Europeans had no indigenous connections to North America. Few Jewish citizens of countries all of the world had indigenous connections to geographic Palestine. Those who did were not entitled to establish a religion-supremacist “Jewish State” in as much as possible of geographic Palestine for themselves and for other people in the world who chose to acquire and/or hold the religion-based identity of Jewish.

      || … Only mondoweiss gets to engage in their self created whataboutism. ||

      Whataboutism is what you did just now and what you Zionists do every day: Attempt to justify your preferred brand of evil by deflecting attention to a different brand of evil.

      • DaBakr
        October 22, 2017, 3:21 am

        @e

        you forgot. JUDEN!!. with few exceptions jews were not considered citizens of european countries. not russia . not poland and not the other regions where you also mistakenly believe jews descended from khazzer converts(forget the lack of DNA, the while h bbb ooo ok uh py convert theory is highly debatable and serious historians will say there is no reliable source for wether a king converted symbolically or a single’family’, a tribe, or if it happened at all. It also conflicts with your other theories of eastern european jews so you haven’t even gotten to the level where you can be taken seriously by anybody but the true believers here.

        my people went from Judea across northern africa up through spain then up into germany poland etc. when your ready to dispute the oral or written histories of other indigenous people the way you enjoy to discredit the major jewish migrations and subsequent populations. N(there are other routes taken from judea to the north east) the main point being that there is enough history that is known by many sources such that the flunkiest and absurdistI can maybe have a discussion. but people with views denying the origin of my people engage in ethnic and racist denial. the same8 denial that causes you to overload with caustic indignation when ever somebody else mentions the oil

      • eljay
        October 22, 2017, 8:58 am

        || @aa: @e

        you forgot. JUDEN!!. … (forget the lack of DNA, the while h bbb ooo ok uh py convert theory … the same8 denial that causes you to overload with caustic indignation when ever somebody else mentions the oil ||

        Your caustic indignation at once again being called out for the fraud and fool that you are is making you less coherent than usual.

        You persistent whataboutery aside, the fact remains that few Jewish citizens of countries all of the world had or have indigenous connections to geographic Palestine. And those who did or do were not entitled to a religion-supremacist “Jewish State” in as much as possible of geographic Palestine for themselves and for other people in the world who chose to acquire and/or hold the religion-based identity of Jewish.

        As for “the oil”, all I can say is h bbb ooo ok uh py.

      • Mooser
        October 22, 2017, 2:07 pm

        “you forgot. JUDEN!!…the oil

        I think “Dabakr” will be credited with the invention and development of a new literary form, “the extended mutter”. It will take its rightful place between the threat and the whine.

      • Mooser
        October 22, 2017, 2:21 pm

        “my people went from Judea across northern africa up through spain then up into germany poland etc.” “Dabakr”

        And somehow all those people snuck their DNA into us. I bet they ground it up and got into a matzoh factory…

      • gamal
        October 22, 2017, 2:48 pm

        ” “the extended mutter” ”

        The mutta (vedic mutra) has long been defined and its associated tragic history

        Mutta, to be released in the sense of muttakarisa excretion, it is the root of the greek words for suck and to be wet, according to my imperfect understanding of its listing, i hum what i can’t read.

        the history of Mutta Shah in brief : the Mutta Shah

        Mutta Shah was a great Sufi who studied the whole Islamic canon and thought there must be more so he studied the vedas and upanishads and was satisfied Dara called it (politely) majmain bahrayan meaning “the meeting of two seas” Mutta Shah and Dara went on to show the unity of Hinduism and Islam, joy was unconfined, Kabir, Nanak, Daidu, Chaitanya all were muttarers

        but muttaing always has consequences so Jealous was Aurangzeb, who was stentorian, of their erudition that he killed Dara and was generally unpleasant to the Muttarers, its all in the fine print of history, barely legible.

      • gamal
        October 22, 2017, 5:59 pm

        “And somehow all those people snuck their DNA into us”

        well shtupping, schlepping, not everyones Yiddish is perfect, bound to have been misunderstandings, what with all that consonanatal drift and all,

        In fact (mutta is hardly exhausted here goes) in Aryan lore Mutta Tamil and within its 3 divisions of prose/poetry, song lyrics and drama derived from Sangams 10 forms of kuttu

        Satire, Eulogy, Kings, Folk-lore, Musical, Hymns, Description, Local Traditions, Recreational, Aryan Lore,

        sadly the Indian terms used (vasai-kuttu, pugall kuttu etc) indicate that even at this early stage
        Aryanism had become mixed with local traditions one assumes sexually, otherwise why bother?

        There is only one thing we can be certain our ancestors did and I am not confident that we have been given a full accounting,

        the Victorians were obsessed with the dangers of accidental incest, fatherhood always being questionable, what about Men is not questionable,

        the transhistorical person “my people” is a vehicle for a kind historical pornography full of vicarious affect, the worst kind of empty distraction, historically they never even had a literary sub-division bullshit-kuttu thats a new innovation, my people have always known it.

      • RoHa
        October 22, 2017, 7:32 pm

        OK, gamal. Just put down the James Joyce books and step away.

      • gamal
        October 22, 2017, 10:24 pm

        “Just put down the James Joyce books and step away”

        ok But you will only get my Flann O’brien when you pry it from my drunken fist,

        I am not surprised Palestinian artists are causing anxiety to some, I have seen loads of their productions over the years and have always been impressed, Rafeef Ziadah in Cork city was incredible, one of so many,

        like the Clash I am getting so bored with the USA MAKA turmoil, but I have heard that Hakawati are screening a “ghost hunting” movie by Raed Andoni looks good, so relief is at hand.

      • Mooser
        October 23, 2017, 12:19 pm

        “There is only one thing we can be certain our ancestors did and I am not confident that we have been given a full accounting”

        I know what you mean, “gamal”. Sometimes it’s enough to make me hope I was adopted.

  7. Mooser
    October 20, 2017, 9:45 pm

    “The destruction of American natives was accomplished only a few years before balfour.” “Dabakr”

    And the destruction of European Jewry was “accomplished” just a few decades later.

    (I guess there is no sanity clause.)

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