The Story

The Story of Palestine goes back a long way.

Palestine was part of the Ottoman Empire until it was destroyed at the end of the First World War. Several Arab countries were at this time placed under temporary administration until they were considered ready for independence. Palestine was put under British mandate in 1922 by the League of Nations.

However, earlier in 1917, the British Foreign Minister, Arthur Balfour, made what became known as the Balfour Declaration. It promised ‘a national home for the Jewish people’ in Palestine (not a nation state) but it insisted that nothing should be done to prejudice the rights of the existing non-Jewish community.

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Our Aims

Friends of Sabeel UK works for a just and enduring peace by:

  • Supporting the ecumenical, inclusive ministry of Sabeel Jerusalem through our prayerful actions and financial resources.
  • Raising awareness in Britain of the struggle of the Palestinian people, especially the suffering of the Christian community in Palestine and Israel.
  • Promoting a just solution in the region. This must be based on:
    • Respect for international law.
    • Human rights and religious tolerance.
    • A fair sharing of natural resources.
  • Coordinating activities between friends in the UK, Palestine and Israel.

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Qs and As

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