Palestinians to Sue UK Over Balfour Declaration

YERUSHALAYIM -

The Palestinian Authority intends to sue the British government for issuing the Balfour Declaration that paved the way for the creation of the state of Israel, saying that all their woes began with it.

The PA’s Foreign Minister Riyad al-Malki told Arab League leaders gathered in Mauritania that Britain is responsible for all “Israeli crimes” committed since the end of the British mandate in 1948.

The decision, al-Malki said, “gave people who don’t belong there something that wasn’t theirs.”

He called upon the secretariat general of the Arab League for support in the legal action against the U.K., though it was not immediately clear where such a lawsuit would be filed.

No reaction has been heard yet from London.

It is not the first move of this kind. Last year, a group calling itself the Popular Palestinian Campaign to Sue the United Kingdom brought the matter before an Egyptian court.

In 2008, a Palestinian youth group said it would attempt to sue the U.K. over the Balfour Declaration in Britain or in the ICC. But apparently nothing came of either.