Balfour declaration holds no international legal significance: Abdullah Hussain Haroon



The principal cause of ongoing Palestinian-Israeli conflict “Balfour Declaration” holds no international legal significance because Britain was in no position to divide or give parts of Palestine to non-native people.

Palestine was under Ottoman rule and Britain had just occupied it, said Abdullah Hussain Haroon, a renowned politician and former Permanent Representative of Pakistan to the United Nations.

He was speaking in an online ShuraHamdard meeting on Thursday titled: “Palestinian Conflict and Pakistan’s courageous foreign policy, what more can be done?” The meeting was presided by Speaker ShuraHamdard Karachi Justice (Retd) Haziq-ul-Khairi. Mrs. Sadia Rashid, National President ShuraHamdard also attended the meeting from Hamdard’s Corporate Head Office.

Hussain Haroon said “The term used in Balfour Declaration “Jewish national home” also has no precedent in international law.

Moreover, the intended boundaries of Palestine were not specified, and the British government later confirmed that the words “in Palestine” meant that the Jewish national home was not intended to cover all of Palestine.

He said “The Ashkenazi Jews were primarily, or to a large extent, descended from Khazars, a separate region located on the banks of the Black Sea. These Jews migrated to Europe and Russia and later found Zionist ideology.

Their claims of owning Palestinian land as part of greater Canaan are unjust because they have no heredity with the native Canaanites.”

He also said that the adoption in 1947 by the United Nations General Assembly of a resolution recommending the adoption and implementation of a plan of partition of Palestine was one of the earliest acts of the United Nations.

“After that, the United Nations has been influenced by the Western powers to remain indifferent to the Israeli atrocities in the region.

However, with collective efforts of many countries opposed to the larger powers, the General Assembly proclaimed 2014 an International Year of Solidarity with the Palestinian People. This was in a way a victory for the Palestinian cause,” Hussain added.

Justice (r) Haziq-ul-Khairi said “Jews always faced a certain level of discrimination in Europe, and hatred for Jews reached its peak during the rise of Nazi Germany when Jews faced one of the most horrific genocide in human history.

However, Jews remained safe under Muslims’ rule, and they faced no discrimination. But now Israelis have been committing the same crimes against Palestinians, which they themselves faced by the hands of Nazis.”


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