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100 Balfour Road narrates Britain-led tragedy in Palestine

Can we still be held hostage by the actions of our past? Is it possible for a decision to mean well for a group and brutally impoverish another? The answers you seek lies in “100 Balfour Road” as the movie brings to you the visual effects of the Balfour Declaration of 1917.

 

Can we still be held hostage by the actions of our past? Is it possible for a decision to mean well for a group and brutally impoverish another? The answers you seek lies in “100 Balfour Road” as the movie brings to you the visual effects of the Balfour Declaration of 1917.

 

The Balfour Declaration was a power statement made by Lord Arthur Balfour in 1917 to the leaders of the British Zionist community granting them the power to establish a national home for the Jewish community in Palestine.

 

This statement was made without any consideration of the people of Palestine, the Palestinian leadership was not represented in the meetings that led to the declaration and the people of Palestine were referred as “ non- Jewish” even when their comfort and sovereignty as a nation were at stake.

 

The film spotlights the story of a British family who are driven out of their home by the British government and forced to live in a cramped shack in the backyard. Another family—the Smiths—take possession of the house and put down roots in the building, leaving the real houseowners—the Jonees—with neither food nor medicines. Heavily-armed soldiers escort the settlers at the same time as they tighten the noose around the neck of the Johnees and deprive them of their basic rights.


The Balfour declaration changed the history of Palestine, putting to sword the relative peace in that region and giving birth to years of conflict, war, oppression, displacement and even death of thousands of Palestinian lives.

 

This year makes it one century since the obvious dangerous decree was made and the effects are still living with us today, the displacements and operation that followed the declaration are still imminent. There are over 7 million Palestinian refugees living in abject poverty all over Palestinian territories, Jordan, Lebanon, and even Syria.

 

Major cities of Palestine origin as a still held hostage or colonized by settlers legalized by the declaration, an example is the city of Gaza and the west bank which is still under military occupation for over 50 years.




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