Gazans mark Balfour Declaration anniversary with sit-ins
Published Thursday 31/10/2013 (updated) 01/11/2013 19:04
GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Palestinians Thursday organized sit-ins at international organizations in Gaza during demonstrations marking the anniversary of the Balfour Declaration, a Ma'an reporter said.
The protests - coming two days before the declaration's anniversary - caused partial shutdowns of offices belonging to the UN and the French and British consulates.
Members of the Intifada Youth Coalition called on the UN and other international organizations to compensate Palestinians for the years of suffering imposed on them since Israel's creation in 1948.
Coalition member Majde Salim told Ma'an that the UN should pressure Israel to cease its "assaults" against the Palestinian people and violations of international law.
He added that Palestinians would never give up their right of return.
The Nov. 2, 1917 Balfour Declaration was a letter from British Foreign Secretary Arthur James Balfour to Baron Rothschild, a British Jewish leader.
The document declared British support for the "establishment in Palestine of a national home for the Jewish people."
Palestinians see the declaration as paving the way for the creation of the State of Israel at the expense of the land's original inhabitants.