Balfour Declaration

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Historical Context Note

As the Turkish empire collapsed and British troops advanced through Palestine from Egypt, the British Foreign Secretary, A. J. Balfour, issued a short but momentous declaration: “His Majesty's Government view will 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 non-Jewish communities in Palestine, or the rights and political status enjoyed by Jews in any other country.”

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Editors. "Balfour Declaration". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 23 January 2004
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