New York Times bestselling author Edwin Black has launched a three-week, coast-to-coast lecture series commemorating the Balfour Declaration and its unique place in the history of Israel and international law. The 12-event, 5-state tour enjoys the support of a coalition of local and national organizations including the Endowment for Middle East Truth (EMET), ZOA, and StandWithUs. One of the kick off events was held in Washington, D.C. at the Rayburn House Office Building, Room 2060, October 24, 2017, featuring the participation of a dozen lawmakers including Representatives Trent Franks, Ron DeSantis, Mark Meadows, Doug Lamborn, Francis Rooney, Steve Russell, Ted Poe, and Gene Green, among others. The Rayburn event culminated with a Balfour 100 Proclamation executed by leaders of the event.
The Balfour Declaration, issued November 2, 1917, has ignited continuous controversy since its release. Although just a brief and non-binding letter issued by British Foreign Minister Arthur James Balfour to Lord Rothschild, its far-reaching implications set in motion the indispensable policy pivot that led to the creation of the State of Israel. Its revolutionary text was replicated in the Sam Remo Agreement, the Mandate for Palestine, and other international instruments. Its essence was preserved in the UN Charter. Yet, the Balfour Declaration remains one of the most misunderstood and misportrayed diplomatic communications of the twentieth century and contemporary times.
More than a dozen Members of Congress turned out for the Oct24 Balfour 100 event in the House, including FL Rep Brian Mast. pic.twitter.com/QOgU5J8Bsu— Edwin Black (@EdwinBlackBook) October 25, 2017
Using an array of live Internet links to easily accessible materials, Black explains in stunning visual detail the historic run-up to the Balfour Agreement, what it is—and what it is not. The Balfour 100 Tour spans a collection of venues from the U.S. House of Representatives, to high schools, synagogues, and college campuses in five states. At each event, a Balfour 100 Proclamation will be issued.
A listing of upcoming events is shown below:
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Oct 19, Long Island Rambam
• Oct 20, Midtown Manhattan
• Oct 24, U.S. House of Representatives
• Oct 27, Miami Riviera Parliament
• Oct 30, Miami Hebrew Academy
• Oct 31, Boca Raton Donna Klein Academy
• Nov 1, Boca Raton Central Chabad
• Nov 3, Naples Ave Maria Law School
• Nov 5, San Jose Temple Emanu-EL
• Nov 5, Stanford University Chabad
• Nov 7, Sonoma State University
• Nov 9, Potomac Congregation B’nai Tzedek
Edwin Black is the author of IBM and the Holocaust, soon to be a major motion picture, as well as The Farhud, Nazi Nexus, and British Petroleum and The Redline Agreement. He has been researching and writing about Israel’s history for almost a half century. For his human rights work, Black has won the International Human Rights Award, Justice for All Award, Moral Courage Award, Drum Major for Justice Award, the Moral Compass Award, and a special commendation from the Michigan State Legislature.