Mark Shapiro directs our attention to this e-petition created by Baroness Jenny Tonge, whose support for the Palestinian people and criticism of Israel, which she has described as “America’s aircraft carrier in the Middle East”, led to some controversy and her eventual resignation from the Liberal Democrat Party. There has been vitriolic abuse of Ms Tonge’s support for Palestinians online.
Britain Must Atone for its Historical Failure in Palestine
Responsible department: Foreign and Commonwealth Office
We call on Her Majesty’s Government to openly recognise British responsibility for the plight of the Palestinian people. The colonial policy of Britain between 1917-1948 led to mass displacement of the Palestinian nation.
The British government failed to protect the Palestinian people, which was a breach of its obligations under the Mandate. Britain’s failure led to communal strife, violence and mass displacement of more than half of the Palestinian population before expiration of its Mandate.
The Balfour declaration of 1917 clearly prejudiced the rights of Palestinian people and sealed their fate, leading to untold suffering. Since then, seven million Palestinian refugees, more than half the Palestinian population have had to endure this historic injustice, a blatant denial of their human rights.
HM Government bears responsibility for the plight of Palestinians and has a duty to ensure proper restoration and reparation for its historical failure.
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Closing date next year: 31/03/2015