On the Centenary of the British Mandate Era in Palestine (1922-1948): Dr Salman Abu Sitta’s Address to Balfour
VenueUsha Kasera Lecture Theatre, The University of Edinburgh (Old College), Room 1.264
RACE.ED & Kenyon Institute/Council for British Research in the Levant (CBRL) Lecture
In co-sponsorship with: Identities: Global Studies in Culture and Power, Institute of Advanced Studies in the Humanities (IASH), Center for Research Collection (CRC), History, Sociology, Politics and International Relations Middle East Research Group (PIR-MERG) and Islamic and Middle East Studies (IMES).
This year marks the centenary of the establishment of British Mandate in Palestine (1922-1948), as instituted under the League of Nations. In the five years leading up to the start of this era, Lord Arthur James Balfour, who at the time served as Britain’s foreign secretary and the University of Edinburgh’s chancellor (1891-1930), issued a sixty-seven-word letter of intent, which had seismic implications on the Arab world in general, and Palestine specifically. Balfour’s promise was one that endorsed Britain’s support for the establishment of a “national home for the Jewish people” in Palestine, while simultaneously denying the recognition of Palestinian peoplehood with national rights to self-determination. This decision, though categorically challenged by Palestinian society and leadership, became juridically enshrined under British Mandate. The results of this decision would later come to sow death and destruction in Palestine through means of forced expulsion and colonial dispossession, setting into motion an on-going structure of settler-colonialism and displacement today. In deepening transparency and accountability for UK’s imperial past and UoE’s institutional memory, eminent Palestinian historian and cartographer Dr. Salman Abu Sitta will address Balfour on his deeds according to the record, as both witness and survivor. This lecture will reflect upon a life-time of research arising from Balfour’s legacy and what it has meant for Palestine and Palestinians, past and present.
- Dr. Salman Abu Sitta
- Identities: Global Studies in Culture and Power
- Center for Research Collection (CRC), Islamic and Middle East Studies (IMES)
- Institute of Advanced Studies in the Humanities (IASH), History, Sociology, Politics and International Relations Middle East Research Group (PIR-MERG)
- Kenyon Institute/Council for British Research in the Levant