Labour's Jeremy Corbyn won't attend Balfour Celebration dinner

Labour's Jeremy Corbyn won't attend Balfour Celebration dinner

A group of 60 British activists walked for 147 days and crossed 3300 kilometers to be in Palestine as Palestinians mark the 100 year anniversary for the ill-famed Balfour Declaration, which promised Palestine as home to Europe's Jews, the group's guide, Husam Jubran, said on Monday.

London, he added, remained committed to a two-state solution.

British Prime Minister May, who will also attend the dinner, said the Balfour Declaration was a source of "great pride" for Great Britain, while adding that "there is more work to be done" to ensure the viability of a Palestinian state. The British government has refused.

"And in that way they are letting down the Israeli people because you can not have a democratic, Jewish one state in that area".

Chris, one of the British participants, said that they were witnesses to the suffering of the Palestinian people.

Someone said we should apologize for the declaration, to say it was an error of judgment.

Although no reason was given for Corbyn's absence, which was reported by the Sunday Times, the Labour chief has always been a staunch Israel critic and has been dogged by accusations of tolerating anti-Semitism in his party's ranks. The Israeli Ambassador to the UK, Mark Regev, alleged that Corbyn was part of a group of "extremists" for opposing the declaration, and suggested that those who reject the document are on par with terrorist groups like Hamas.

The Balfour declaration was issued on 2 November 1917 and took the form of a letter written by Arthur Balfour, the Foreign Secretary (Minister), expressing support for "the establishment in Palestine of a national home for the Jewish people" to Lord Rothschild.

Britain's Foreign Secretary has defended his predecessor's role a century ago in paving the way for the creation of Israel, saying two sovereign States for Israelis and Palestinians remains the "only viable solution" for peace. British Prime Minister Theresa May and Jewish community leaders will also participate in this event and, of course, I will hold working meetings with her and with British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson.

"I have no doubt that the only viable solution to the conflict resembles the one first set down on paper by another Briton, Lord Peel, in the report of the Royal Commission on Palestine in 1937, and that is the vision of two states for two peoples", he wrote.

The Palestinian Return Center rights group has called for the United Kingdom to apologize for the Balfour Declaration and pay reparations to those it says are affected by it.

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