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“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.” The Balfour Declaration November 1917

This year marks the centenary of the Balfour Declaration, the document penned by the then British foreign secretary which paved the way for the foundation of the state of Israel. Despite reassurances to the Palestinians, it led to the occupation of their land and denial of their rights through to the present day. Peter Shambrook will analyse both the historical significance and the lasting impact of the Balfour Declaration on the region.

Dr Shambrook has a PhD in Modern Middle Eastern History from Cambridge University and has spent many years studying 19/20th century British involvement in the Middle East. He is currently Historical Consultant to the Balfour Project

Friday 22 September 2017, 7.30pm
St Nicolas Church Hall, Bury Street,
Guildford GU2 4AW