Spring 2004

Society and Culture

The Balfour Declaration

Letter from British foreign minister Lord Balfour to the head of the Zionist Federation in Great Britain, Lord Rothschild.

 

Foreign Office,
November 2nd, 1917

 

Dear Lord Rothschild,

I have much pleasure in conveying to you, on behalf of His Majesty’s Government, the following declaration of sympathy with Jewish Zionist aspirations, which has been submitted to, and approved by, the Cabinet.

 

His Majesty’s Government view with favour the establishment in Palestine of a national home for the Jewish people, and will use their best endeavours 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.”

 

I should be grateful if you would bring this declaration to the knowledge of the Zionist Federation.

Yours sincerely,
(signed)
Arthur James Balfour