Jordanians protest Britain's Balfour Declaration celebrations

Source: Xinhua| 2017-11-02 22:21:32|Editor: liuxin
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AMMAN, Nov. 2 (Xinhua) -- Scores of Jordanians on Thursday held protest in Amman over British officials' Balfour Declaration celebrations.

The Jordanian protestors carried banners slamming the "Israeli occupation and the massacres against the Palestinians," in front of the British embassy in Amman.

They also criticized Britain for holding celebrations of the Balfour Declaration.

"I am here today to voice my condemnation of the awful Balfour Declaration, which resulted in the displacement of Palestinians from their homeland," Hamad Sobhi, a 26-year-old Jordanian protestor told Xinhua.

"It is a disgrace to see British officials celebrating this disastrous declaration," he added.

November 2 marks 100 years since the Balfour Declaration, which is the name given to the letter dated in 1917 from the United Kingdom's Foreign Secretary back then Arthur James Balfour to Lord Lionel Walter Rothschild, who was then a leader of the British Jewish community, announcing the British support for the Jewish people to build their state on the lands of Palestine.

Theresa May, the British Prime Minister announced over a week ago that her country "will certainly mark the centenary with pride."

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas demanded during his UN General Assembly speech last September that Britain apologize for the Balfour Declaration and compensate Palestinians for the occupation of their lands after that letter paved the way for it.