Vigil in the Square

20171102_172346-smShropshire Friends of Palestine held a silent candlelit Vigil in the Square, Shrewsbury on Thursday November 2nd, 2017. November 2nd marked the centenary of the letter written by foreign secretary Arthur Balfour to Lord Walter Rothschild.

In it he declares his hope for a national home for the Jewish people in Palestine  …”it being clearly understood that nothing should be done which may prejudice the civil and religious rights of existing non-Jewish communities in Palestine….”  Unfortunately for the Palestinian people this has not been the case.

Many individuals and organisations, both secular and religious, are making their voices heard. The quotation below is from the Balfour project website

It will mean committing ourselves to work for peace with justice in the region on the basis of equal rights for both Israelis and Palestinians. It entails upholding international law, including the Geneva Conventions, without fear or favour. This is a huge, long-term challenge. Governments will only take it on if their citizens do so first. If Britain gives a lead, others will follow.