Recognise Palestine to mark Balfour centenary, says Emily Thornberry

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Shadow foreign secretary urges formal UK recognition 100 years after declaration that paved way for creation of Israel

The shadow foreign secretary, Emily Thornberry, is calling on the UK to mark the centenary of the Balfour declaration – which called for the creation of a Jewish national homeland – with a formal British recognition of the state of Palestine.

The Balfour declaration was issued on 2 November 1917, and took its name from a letter written by Arthur Balfour, the foreign secretary, expressing support for “the establishment in Palestine of a national home for the Jewish people” to Lord Rothschild.

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