Balfour Declaration
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Balfour Declaration

Statement by the British government made in a letter from the Foreign Secretary Arthur J. Balfour to Lord Lionel Rothschild on November 2, 1917, expressing support for the “establishment in Palestine of a national home for the Jewish people.” The Manchester-based British Palestine Committee had campaigned for the Declaration. The most prominent advocate was Chaim Weizmann, an advisor to the British government, who enjoyed good contacts with Lord Balfour and the (then) Chancello…

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Sieg, Ulrich, “Balfour Declaration”, in: Brill’s Digital Library of World War I. Consulted online on 23 October 2017 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-3786_dlws1_beww1_en_0047>
First published online: 2015



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