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Balfour Declaration

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(2 November 1917) A declaration by Britain in favour of a Jewish national home in Palestine. It took the form of a letter from Lord Balfour (British Foreign Secretary) to Lord ...

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A Dictionary of Politics in the Middle East

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2018
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...Balfour Declaration Letter from British Foreign Secretary Arthur James Balfour that signalled British support for a Jewish national home in Palestine. Dated 2 November 1917 , the Balfour Declaration was addressed to Walter Rothschild, a leading figure in British Zionism. Rothschild was a friend of Chaim Weizmann and was involved in drafting the Balfour Declaration. The Balfour Declaration was forwarded to the Zionist Federation of Great Britain and published on 9 November 1917 . The Balfour Declaration was incorporated into British policy after the...

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The Concise Oxford Dictionary of World Religions

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2003
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Religion
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58 words

... Declaration . British declaration of sympathy with Zionism . It was made in a letter of 2 Nov. 1917 , from the British Foreign Secretary (i.e. Balfour) to Lord Rothschild. The declaration was endorsed in 1920 by the allies at the San Remo Conference. It was, however, in apparent conflict with the McMahon correspondence, which made commitments to the...

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World Encyclopedia

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... Declaration ( 1917 ) Letter written by British foreign minister Arthur Balfour to the British Zionist Federation pledging support for the settlement of Jews in Palestine . Jews were admitted to the area when it became a British mandated territory after World War 1. See also ...

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A Dictionary of Contemporary World History (6 ed.)

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2021
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...Balfour declaration The name given to Britain's pledge to support the establishment of a Jewish national home in Palestine. It was contained in a letter of 2 November 1917 from Arthur Balfour to the leading British Zionist , Lord Rothschild . The letter pledged that such a home should be established ‘without prejudice to the civil and religious rights of the non‐Jewish people [Arabs]’ in Palestine . The declaration aimed to forestall more far‐reaching promises by the Germans and ensure British influence over the area. The statement represented a...

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A Dictionary of British History (3 ed.)

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... declaration Partly with a view to securing the support of world Jewry for the allied war effort, Lloyd George 's government authorized Foreign Secretary A. J. Balfour to send a letter ( 2 November 1917 ) to Lord Rothschild (lay leader of Anglo‐Jewry) pledging the support of the British government for the establishment in Palestine of a ‘National Home’ for the Jewish people, but safeguarding the rights of Palestine's non‐Jewish inhabitants. Growing Arab resentment and violence led to the abrogation of the declaration by Neville Chamberlain 's...

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Geoffrey Alderman

The Oxford Companion to British History (2 ed.)

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... declaration . Partly with a view to securing the support of world Jewry for the allied war effort, Lloyd George ’s government authorized Foreign Secretary A. J. Balfour to send a letter ( 2 November 1917 ) to Lord Rothschild (lay leader of Anglo-Jewry) pledging the support of the British government for the establishment, in Palestine, of a ‘National Home’ for the Jewish people, but safeguarding the rights of Palestine’s non-Jewish inhabitants. The terms of this declaration were incorporated into the mandate for Palestine granted to Britain by the...

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A Dictionary of World History (3 ed.)

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... Declaration ( 2 November 1917 ) A declaration by Britain in favour of a Jewish national home in Palestine. It took the form of a letter from Lord Balfour (British Foreign Secretary) to Lord Rothschild, a prominent Zionist , announcing the support of the British government for the establishment of a national home for the Jewish people in Palestine without prejudice to the civil and religious rights of the non-Jewish peoples of Palestine or the rights and political status of Jews in other countries. The Declaration subsequently formed the basis of...

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The Oxford Companion to Politics of the World (2 ed.)

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... Declaration . On 2 November 1917 , Arthur Balfour , the British secretary of state for foreign affairs, announced that “His Majesty's Government view with favour the establishment in Palestine of a national home for the Jewish people, and will use their best endeavours to facilitate the achievement of this object.” This declaration, which came as British forces were conquering Palestine , hitherto part of the Ottoman Empire, marked the first time that major European power had extended official support to the Zionist movement's goal of making Palestine...

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Encyclopaedic Dictionary of International Law (3 ed.)

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2009
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... Declaration A statement contained in a letter dated 2 November 1917 from Arthur Balfour, U.K. Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, to Lord Rothschild of the World Zionist Organization, expressed to be a declaration of sympathy with Zionist aspirations which had been approved by the British Cabinet. The text reads: ‘His Majesty's Government view with favour the establishment in Palestine of a national home for the Jewish people, and will use their best endeavours to facilitate the achievement of this object, it being clearly understood that nothing...

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Zachary Lockman

The Oxford Companion to International Relations

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2014
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... Declaration On 2 November 1917 , Arthur Balfour, the British secretary of state for foreign affairs, notified Lord Baron Rothschild, a British Jewish leader, of a statement of policy that had been endorsed a few days earlier by Britain's War Cabinet. The statement declared that “His Majesty's Government view with favour the establishment in Palestine of a national home for the Jewish people, and will use their best endeavours to facilitate the achievement of this object.” This declaration, issued as British forces were conquering Palestine, part of the...

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Maryanne A. Rhett

The Oxford Encyclopedia of the Modern World

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... Declaration . Great Britain's 2 November 1917 Balfour Declaration, part of a letter written by British Foreign Secretary Arthur Balfour to the prominent Jewish financer and Zionist Lord Lionel Rothschild , is generally regarded as having laid the groundwork for the eventual development of the state of Israel. The thrust of the Declaration, eventually released publicly, is found in the main body of Balfour's letter: His Majesty's Government view[s] with favour the establishment in Palestine of a national home for the Jewish people, and will use their...

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Australian Law Dictionary (3 ed.)

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...Balfour Declaration 1926 (UK) Declaration made as a result of the Balfour Report of 1926, drafted at the Dominion Conference (the Imperial Conference), chaired by Lord Balfour, recognising the constitutional conventions that the governors-general of the dominions should act on the advice of Dominion, rather than UK, governments and that the UK would not legislate for the Dominions except at their request. The latter convention was subsequently enacted in law in the Statute of Westminster 1931 ...

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Brewer's Dictionary of Modern Phrase & Fable (2 ed.)

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... Declaration . A letter expressing the views of the British government, written on 2 November 1917 by the foreign secretary Arthur Balfour ( 1848–1930 ) to Lionel Walter , 2nd Baron Rothschild ( 1868–1937 ), chairman of the British Zionist Federation ( see Zionism ). The letter stated the British government's support for ‘the establishment in Palestine of a national home for the Jewish people’ but specified that ‘nothing shall be done which may prejudice the civil and religious rights of existing non-Jewish communities in Palestine’ and that the...

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(2 November 1917)A declaration by Britain in favour of a Jewish national home in Palestine. It took the form of a letter from Lord Balfour (British Foreign Secretary) to Lord Rothschild, a prominent ...
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(UK)Declaration made as a result of the Balfour Report of 1926 drafted at the Dominion Conference (the Imperial Conference), chaired by Lord Balfour, recognising the constitutional conventions that ...
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Surname of the Conservative statesman Arthur James Balfour (1848–1930).Balfour Declaration a declaration in favour of a Jewish national home in Palestine, issued in 1917 by Balfour as Foreign ...
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(Ireland).The board was set up in 1891 by Balfour when chief secretary for Ireland as the positive side of his policy of firmness and reform—to kill Home Rule by ...
Arthur James Balfour

Arthur James Balfour  

(b. Whittingehame, East Lothian, 25 July 1848; d. Woking, 19 Mar. 1930)British; leader of the House of Commons and First Lord of the Treasury 1891–2, 1895–1902, Prime Minister 1902–5, Foreign ...
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The Palestinian refugee issue emerged with the birth of the state of Israel in 1948. It was compounded by Israel's occupation of the West Bank and the Gaza Strip after ...
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Arab revolt  

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(1916)A revolt against Turkish rule in the Middle East. In July 1915 Hussein ibn Ali, Sherif of Mecca, negotiated with Britain about rising up against the Ottoman Empire, a German ally during World ...

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