The Guardian says supporting the Balfour Declaration in 1917 was “a mistake”

An article in the British newspaper the Guardian implied that its editorial support of the Balfour Declaration in 1917 had been “a mistake.”

“The Guardian of 1917 supported, celebrated and could even be said to have helped facilitate the Balfour declaration,” editorial writer Randeep Ramesh wrote in the article an about the paper’s “worst errors of judgment” from its 200-year history

“Whatever else can be said, Israel today is not the country the Guardian foresaw or would have wanted,” he added, arguing that the Guardian’s editor at the time, Charles Prestwich Scott, “was ignorant about Palestinian rights”.

Other examples Ramesh mentions include the paper’s support of the Confederacy during the Civil War and its opinions on voting rights before women were allowed to vote.

The Balfour Declaration, in which the United Kingdom committed itself to creating a national home for Jews in lands it controlled and today comprise the territories of Israel, the Palestinian Authority and Jordan, was an important milestone for the Zionist movement.


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