Member of parliamentary foreign relations committee
Who remembers the ill-fated Balfour Declaration in which Britain promised the Jews to create a national home for them in Palestine?
The truth is that it should be named a political statement and not an international agreement, because it violates the terms and rules of the international agreement.
In order for it to be an international agreement, its parties must be of public international law states, which is not available on the part of the Jews due to the absence of that status.
Despite the availability of that status on the part of Britain, it does not have any legal authority or sovereignty over Palestine, and there is a legal rule that stipulates “What is built on illegitimacy is illegitimate.”
However, Palestine has and is still paying the price of such illegitimate promise to this day, including killing, devastation, and forced displacement.
As the British Mandate over Palestine forms the basic foundation for the Zionist aggression, occupation, and settlement, and that the American veto forms the force of support for the Israeli occupation and aggression, so both Britain and US are directly responsible for the occupation.
The United States has 20 per cent of its right to vote, which weakens the position of the Palestinian issue and does not always contribute to its solution!
The American veto also weakened the role and position of the Security Council towards that aggression!
To this day, the Security Council has not exercised any of its powers regarding the Israeli aggression, beginning with the Israeli authorities’ storming of Al-Aqsa Mosque and the attack on Jerusalemites and Palestinian worshippers, even though it represents a blatant violation of human rights and a violation Palestinians right to practice religious rituals.
It also ignores the rules of International law, which stipulate that the Israeli authorities bear their responsibility to provide the necessary protection for Palestinian civilians, as well as to stop any practices that violate the sanctity of the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque.
Also, the current efforts to displace Palestinian families from their homes constitute a violation in accordance with the decisions of international legitimacy and international humanitarian law.
This is contradicting the Security Council position towards the Iraqi-Kuwait conflict, where it issued a decision to withdraw Iraqi forces from Kuwait!
He also allowed member states co-operating with Kuwait to use all necessary means to implement the resolution, and forcing Iraq to pay compensation for the suffering and losses it caused as a result of its invasion of Kuwait!
Day after day, we witness the attacks on Palestinians with blatant silence from the Security Council and the international community.
Whoever would have thought that Palestine’s accession to the International Criminal Court would not bring its rights, nor would it help in resolving the cause?
As for talking about Britain’s apology for what happened before and is happening to the Palestinians at present, it is obvious that it is difficult to happen, as an apology in international law entails many consequences, foremost of which is the acknowledgment of responsibility towards the Palestinian issue.