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Lord Balfour's Letter Was 1917's "Fake News"

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Thursday, November 2, will be the 100th anniversary of the Balfour Declaration.

To commemorate that event, the current British Prime Minister Teresa May, will attend a London dinner party at the home of Lord Rothschild, heir to the recipient of the infamous letter from Arthur James Balfour, Britain's then Foreign Secretary.

She will be joined at the dinner by Benjamin Netanyahu, Israel's current Prime Minister, along with the dinner host, Lord Rothschild, and the current Lord Balfour, a descendant of Arthur James Balfour.

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The Balfour Declaration (it was actually a letter) was issued November 2, 1917.

It is that 1917 "declaration," which this 2017 London dinner party celebrates.


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The letter was sent from Britain's Foreign Secretary Arthur James Balfour (above left) to Lord Walter Rothschild, a leader in the British Jewish community, for transmission to the Zionist Federation of Great Britain and Ireland.

The pertinent segment exposes its Zionist bias:

"His Majesty's Government view with favor the establishment in Palestine of a national home for the Jewish people, and will use their best endeavors 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."

This was not a British governmental action. It was a 1917 version of what President Donald Trump enjoys calling "fake news," a neologism he uses when a statement or action is contrary to reality as he wants it to be.

The president claimed this week that he coined the term, fake news. Not true. The Washington Post's Callum Borchers reported:

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"Trump rewrote history when ... in his conversation with [Lou] Dobbs: 'I think one of the best names is -- you know, I've really started this whole 'fake news' thing. Now they've turned it around and then, now, they're calling, you know, stories put out by different -- by Facebook 'fake.'"

Borchers refutes that claim. "Trump posted his first-ever tweet containing the phrase 'fake news' on Dec. 10, 2016, more than a month after Election Day." By then, the press had reported extensively on the way social media platforms such as Facebook facilitated the spread of fake news articles.

More than a year before the war ended on November 11, 1918, this version of "fake news" arrived on the scene. It emerged in the form of Lord Balfour's letter, which "promises" the creation of a Jewish state, and the protection of Arab rights.

The letter was one-half false, the Arab side, a "fake news" promise from November 22, 1917. The letter was designed to reassure the Zionist movement, then, as now, a strong influence in British policy-making.

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James Wall served as a Contributing Editor of The Christian Century magazine, based in Chicago, Illinois, from 1999 through 2017. From 1972 through 1999, he was editor and publisher of the Christian Century magazine. Many sources have influenced (more...)
 

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