Balfour Declaration – 100 Years of Settler Colonialism

In 2017, we marked the centenary of 1917 Balfour Declaration. It was to usher in 100 years of settler colonialism. The parallels between the apartheid nature of Israel and South Africa – both settler colonial projects in their origins – are clear. Palestinian campaigners have long condemned the Balfour Declaration as a pledge issued by a British government that gave away land it did not own. In 2017 the British Government rejected a Palestinian request for an apology over the 1917 Balfour Declaration. Instead, it celebrated the centenary.