Abbas orders flags flown at half-mast on Balfour Declaration anniversary

MENA , Sunday 31 Oct 2021

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas enacted Sunday a presidential decree ordering the national flag to be flown at half-mast on 2 November each year to mark the anniversary of the Balfour Declaration, WAFA news agency reported.

Israeli settlements in occupied West Bank, Palestine
A general view shows ongoing construction work in the Israeli settlement of Givat Zeev, near the Palestinian city of Ramallah in the occupied West Bank, on October 28, 2021. AFP

The Balfour Declaration was a public statement issued by the British government in 1917 during the First World War announcing support for the establishment of a "national home for the Jewish people" in Palestine, which later led to the suffering of the Palestinian people and their displacement from their land by the Zionist movement.

The decree issued by President Abbas orders the flag of Palestine to be flown at half-mast in all government ministries and departments, and in all Palestinian embassies and representative offices abroad.

The decree aims to remind the world in general and the United Kingdom in particular of the suffering of the Palestinian people and their right to achieve independence, statehood and self-determination.

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