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last updated Nov. 18, 2009
published Nov. 2, 1917
Balfour Declaration
November 2, 1917
Read more:  Jewish national home, Balfour Declaration, Arthur James Balfour, Zionist Federation, Zionism, human rights, Yishuv
Summary: The Balfour Declaration, 1917, conveyed a declaration of sympathy with Jewish Zionist aspirations on behalf of the British Government. It stated that the British Government viewed the establishment in Palestine of a national home for the Jewish people with favor, provided that nothing was done to prejudice the civil and religious rights of the existing non-Jewish communities in Palestine.
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Document Text

Foreign Office
November 2nd, 1917

Dear Lord Rothschild:

I have much pleasure in conveying to you. on behalf of His Majesty‘s Government, the following declaration of sympathy with Jewish Zionist aspirations which has been submitted to, and approved by, the Cabinet:

His Majesty's Government view with favor the establishment in Palestine of a national home for the Jewish people, and will use their best endeavors 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.

I should be grateful if you would bring this declaration to the knowledge of the Zionist Federation.

Yours,
Arthur James Balfour

Document Text

Foreign Office
November 2nd, 1917

Dear Lord Rothschild:

I have much pleasure in conveying to you. on behalf of His Majesty‘s Government, the following declaration of sympathy with Jewish Zionist aspirations which has been submitted to, and approved by, the Cabinet:

His Majesty's Government view with favor the establishment in Palestine of a national home for the Jewish people, and will use their best endeavors 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.

I should be grateful if you would bring this declaration to the knowledge of the Zionist Federation.

Yours,
Arthur James Balfour

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