The Balfour Declaration (November 1917)

Issued from the Foreign Office on November 2nd, 1917


From The Arab Awakening, George Antonius, Capricorn Books Edition,1965. 


The Balfour Declaration was a letter written November 2, 1917 from British Foreign Secretary Arthur James Balfour, to a leader of the British Jewish community, Lord Lionel Walter Rothschild. 


His Majesty's Government view with favour the establishment in Palestine of a national home for the Jewish people, and will use their best endeavours to facilitate the achievement of this object, it being clearly understood that nothing shall be done which may prejudice the civil and religious rights of existing non-Jewish communities in Palestine, or the rights and political status enjoyed by Jews in any other country.