NORTHAMPTON – On Nov. 2, 1917, the British government expressed its sympathy with Jewish Zionist aspirations and announced that it would use its “best endeavors” to facilitate “the establishment in Palestine of a national home for the Jewish people.” What became known as the Balfour Declaration was sent in a letter from Foreign Secretary Arthur James Balfour to Lord Rothschild, the unofficial leader of the British Jewish community.
This document can be considered to be the diplomatic foundation stone of the state of Israel.
On the 100th anniversary of the signing of the Balfour declaration, “The Making of the Balfour Declaration,” with guest speaker Professor Jonathan Schneer, will be held on Sunday, Nov. 19, from 3-4:30 p.m. at Congregation B’nai Israel.
The program, presented by CBI’s Israel Committee, will examine the history of the events leading up to its signing and the duplicity of the British government in its dealings with all parties around Palestine and the Middle East.
Prof. Schneer, Ph.D. holds a B.A. from McGill University and a Ph.D. from Columbia University. He is the modern British historian in the Georgia Institute of Technology’s School of History, Technology, and Society. In addition to authoring numerous articles and essays, he has written seven books and co-edited two. Schneer’s The Balfour Declaration: The Origins of the Arab-Israeli Conflict won a National Jewish Book Award in 2010. The event is co-sponsored by the Jewish Federation of Western Mass., the Springfield JCC, JCA, Beit Ahava, Sinai Temple, Temple Beth El, Temple Israel, Sons of Zion, Betsy and Richard Gaberman and the Harold Grinspoon Foundation.
This event is free and open to the public.
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CAP: Professor Jonathan Schneer