The Balfour Declaration and its Historical Roots

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In their attempt to cleanse the newly invented Europe from everything that was un-Christian and therefore un-Western, Enlightened Europeans invented in the late 18th century what they called “the Eastern Question” and its subsidiary “the Jewish Question.”

Both questions were to become central to European imperial aims of splintering the Ottoman Empire and taking over its territories. By the early 20th century, as World War I was coming to a close, these Enlightened Europeans opted to resolve the two Questions by transmuting them through settler-colonialism into what they called the “Palestine Question.”

The Balfour Declaration’s Many Questions 

 Palestinian women protest the Balfour Declaration in the West Bank city of Nablus on 2 November 2017.       Ayman Ameen/APA images

Palestinian women protest the Balfour Declaration in the West Bank city of Nablus on 2 November 2017.       Ayman Ameen/APA images