On British Colonialism, Antisemitism, and Palestinian Rights


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From the ‘original sin’ of 1917 to the government’s more recent adoption of the controversial IHRA antisemitism definition, Britain has always been firmly in Israel’s camp

By Avi Shlaim

Global Research, March 02, 2021Middle East Eye 1 March 2021

In December 2016, thenBritishPrime Minister Theresa May’s Conservative governmentformally adoptedthe International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA)’sworking definitionof antisemitism. It was the first government in the world to do so, marking yet another milestone in the 100-year history of British support for Zionism and callous disregard for Palestinian rights.

The “original sin” was the 1917Balfour Declaration, which promised to support the establishment of a “national home for the Jewish people”, provided that nothing was done to “prejudice the civil and religious rights of existing non-Jewish communities in Palestine”. In 1917, Arabs constituted90 percentof the population of Palestine; Jews made up less than…

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