It was not enough to the British Prime Minister Teresa May to refuse to apologize for what her country had done to Palestinian people by proclaiming the "Balfour Declaration", but she also went farther to declare, that she was proud of Britain's role in the creation of Israel and she would proudly celebrate the 100th anniversary of that declaration.
This position is consistent with the nature of the British political system and its policies as an extension of its colonial role in plundering other peoples' resources in the east and west of the world. It is an affirmation that London is continuing this policy, as it did during its mandate on Palestine, and in all pivotal stations experienced by the Palestinian Arab-Israeli conflict since the establishment of the occupation's state on Palestine.
It is noticeable that May expressed her position under the British Parliament, which two years ago called the government to recognize the state of Palestine; which raises the question whether this call within the framework of the British double-face policy, (to make Arabs and Palestinians sink in sweet ball of talks, to fulfill only its promises to their enemy) or will the prime minister's speech create repercussions in the British political scene?
London used to deceive the Arabs, so, a number of their leaders were convinced that the British victory in the First World War, would serve their expectations for salvation from Ottoman ruling, and their countries, including Palestine, would be under Arab rule.
But since its occupation of Palestine, it has worked to fulfill its promise to enable the Zionist organization to establish a "national homeland for the Jews" through a series of measures, in particular facilitating the Jewish immigration to Palestine, and at the same time suppressing the revolutions and protests by the Palestinians to prevent their independence.
In addition to that, Britain allowed the establishment of Zionist military organizations, as the number of their members was up to 64 thousand before Nakba , in which Britain trained about half of them, then the number of Jews in Palestine increased from 55,000 in 1918 to 650,000 in 1948. During that period, it carried out acts of calming down the Palestinians by issuing the so-called "White Book" (1939), through which it pledged to : establish an independent Palestinian state within ten years, prevent the Jewish immigration for five years, and not allow to Jews to increase their number to more than one-third of the Palestinian population, but it abolished all this by the "Bevin Declaration" (1945), who was the Foreign Minister that time; and finally it arranged its withdrawal from Palestine through a scenario that enabled the Zionist gangs to accomplish the last step in the establishment of the Hebrew state on most of Palestine after displacing its people.
Britain continued its colonial role after the establishment of Israel; so, it France and Israel launched a triple aggression against Egypt in 1956, after the decision of President Jamal Abdel Nasser to nationalize the Suez Canal. This aggression confirmed the unity of colonial interests of the three powers and their role in subjugating the Arab region and preventing its peoples from controlling their countries' resources.
London remained the political protection for the occupation, and its role was clear after the June 1967 aggression, in which Israel occupied the rest of the Palestinian territory as well as other Arab territories. Also, Britain played a serious role in drafting UN Resolution 242 to appear merely as no more than a call to Israel's withdrawal from "occupied territories" rather than "the occupied territories." Both London and Washington pressed to delete " the " so this phrase will be subjected to different interpretations, and that was exactly what happened through the Israeli own interpretation , which was consistent with the vision of both Britain and the United States on the draft resolution and then its finalization.
It is well known that this resolution, is the basis of all initiatives, come by Washington in launching its settlement between the Palestinian and Israeli sides, and it was one of the foundations of Oslo Accords, which, through this does not oblige Israel to withdraw from all the Palestinian and Arab occupied territories, by the June 1967 aggression.
In this regard , Britain is completing the role it played during the Mandate until the establishment of the Jewish State by protecting the occupation in the United Nations and preventing the issuance of new resolutions that would render the Palestinian people fair.
The British role did not stop there, as Tony Blair, the former British prime minister, played a role in lobbying the Palestinian negotiator through his role as coordinator of the international quartet committee to pursue the settlement process. He intervened in the Palestinian division and dealt with Gaza Strip, as an independent Palestinian track and made deceptive promises to solve the economic problems of the Strip and to swap them with political conditions aimed at "rehabilitating" the Palestinian situation in Gaza, to accept the American and Israeli determinants, and when he couldn’t do that, he contributed to the tightening of siege on the Strip and its people.
What Britain has done for a hundred years against the Palestinian people and other Arab peoples , requires not only an apology, but a trial for all crimes that have taken place, including the Zionist massacres before the establishment of the Jewish state, which the British Prime Minister unfortunately is proud of , as a historic achievement for her country.
Therefore, in the centennial of the Balfour Declaration, and in the face of British "pride", it is important to stress on the need to re-consider this station, not to commemorate it, but to launch a Palestinian popular and political campaign, to put the crimes against the Palestinian people and their perpetrators before an international prosecution in connection with the International humanitarian law, and the relevant resolutions of the United Nations, and to adopt this path as a fundamental trend, in the Palestinian official popular and political effort, in which all components of the Palestinian situation, the friends and supporters of its struggle for return and independence are engaged.
London recently has hosted, and perhaps sponsored, "secret" Israeli-Palestinian meetings in the midst of a deadlock in the settlement process, and the emergence of Trump's ideas about the "regional peace." Although not anyone dares to deal with it, because of the risks of elimination of the Palestinian cause, this leads to the warning of return to secret meetings and negotiations as what happened in the negotiations that led to the Oslo Accords.
While the path to be emphasized on , is to move forward to restore the unity and rebuilding the Palestinian political system, on democratic foundations through, comprehensive elections, in accordance with the full proportional representation of all institutions in the PLO and the Palestinian Authority; and reaching a unified national liberation program that brings the Palestinian situation back to the forefront , and save it from the status of deterioration and hesitation .
Mohamad Alsahli: Editor in Chief of Alhourriah newspaper, the official speaker of the Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine