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 This Week In Palestine 
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 Host John Roberts, speaker Yousef Munayyer
 Truth & Justice Radio (WZBC)  
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Today we feature the first of what will be five consecutive presentations recorded at the conference titled "Balfour’s Legacy: Confronting the Consequences," held on November 11th at the First Parish Church in Cambridge MA. This conference commemorates the 100th anniversary of the so-called Balfour Declaration, a 67-word letter in 1917 signed by Lord Arthur Balfour, then Britain's Foreign Secretary. It's credited with setting in motion the creation of the state of Israel on Palestinian land, without consulting Palestinians.

We begin today with the keynote address delivered by Yousef Munayyer, Executive Director of the US Campaign for Palestinian Rights (, [formerly named the US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation (2001-2016)].

Writing in the "Forward" (November 1), Munayyer points out that Lord Balfour was an unapologetic racist and anti-Semite. Balfour wrote to the British Prime Minister that "... We do not propose even to go through the form of consulting the wishes of the present inhabitants of the country ... the 700,000 Arabs who now inhabit that ancient land."

The conference was sponsored by the Alliance for Water Justice in Palestine and the Trans Arab Research Institute. The quality of the presentations was impressive, and we want to bring you as many of them as possible over the next several weeks on This Week In Palestine.

We are indebted to our colleague Noble Larson for most of the recordings we'll hear from this conference. Like many old church sanctuaries, this one presents a big challenge for older listeners and recordists alike. Noble surmounted that challenge, obtaining signal from the official mikes. He produced videos of the entire proceedings, from which he gave us the audio. Those videos are currently online, as follows:

Introduction and Keynote Address

Panel I: Balfour, Israel and Palestine

Panel II: Confronting the Consequences

Panel III: Connecting Struggles, Building Power
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Yousef Munayyer's keynote address at the recent Balfour Legacy conference in Cambridge MA
00:47:57 English 2017-11-19
 Cambridge, MA
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