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Palestinians Protest 100 Years After Balfour Declaration

IN PICTURES: Palestinian protesters marking the centenary of the document calling for the creation of Israel were met with Israeli police repression.

On the 100th anniversary of the Balfour Declaration, which called for the establishment of Israel in Palestine, Palestinian protesters threw shoes at an effigy of former U.K. Foreign Secretary Arthur Balfour and burned copies of the declaration.

The protesters were met with harsh repression from Israeli police forces, using live "less-lethal ammunition" such as rubber-coated bullets and tear gas, resulting in several injuries.

The Balfour Declaration was an early statement released by the British government in 1917 that called for the establishment of a "Jewish state" within Palestinian territory. Prime Minister Theresa May recently said that she would celebrate the signing of the document "with pride," and would not apologize for Britain's role in the occupation of Palestine.

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Protesters prepare an effigy of Arthur Balfour to be pelted to with shoes.
Protesters prepare an effigy of Arthur Balfour to be pelted to with shoes. Photo:Reuters
A protester dresses up as the United Kingdom
A protester dresses up as the United Kingdom's Queen Elizabeth. Photo:Reuters
Palestinian protesters throw shoes at an effigy of Arthur Balfour.
Palestinian protesters throw shoes at an effigy of Arthur Balfour. Photo:Reuters
A Palestinian protester dressed up as Queen Elizabeth.
A Palestinian protester dressed up as Queen Elizabeth. Photo:Reuters
A protester smacks an effigy of Arthur Balfour with his slipper.
A protester smacks an effigy of Arthur Balfour with his slipper. Photo:Reuters
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