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Balfour’s Shadow

A Century of British Support for Zionism and Israel

David Cronin

Balfour’s Shadow

David Cronin

Distributed for Pluto Press

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224 pages | 5 1/4 x 8 1/2
Paper $25.00 ISBN: 9780745399430 Published July 2017 For Sale in All Americas and the Caribbean except Canada
Cloth $99.00 ISBN: 9780745399447 Published August 2017 For Sale in All Americas and the Caribbean except Canada
“His Majesty’s government view with favour the establishment in Palestine of a national home for the Jewish people, and will use their best endeavours to facilitate the achievement of this object.”
 
This is the infamous Balfour Declaration, which began one hundred years of conflict with the Palestinian people. Penned in 1917 by British Foreign Secretary Arthur James Balfour, these words had an immense impact on history that still emanates a century later. In the controversial, fast-paced Balfour’s Shadow, David Cronin traces the story of the rhetorical and practical assistance that Britain has given to the Zionist movement and the state of Israel since that day. Skillfully and engagingly written, Balfour’s Shadow uses previously unreleased sources and archives to reveal a new side to an old story. Cronin focuses on important historical events such as the Arab Revolt, the Nakba and establishment of the state, the ‘56 and ‘67 wars, the Cold War, and controversial public figures like Tony Blair. Marking the 100th anniversary of the Balfour Declaration, Cronin provides a fascinating take on this oft-maligned, important history.
Contents
Timeline of key events
Text of Balfour Declaration
Introduction
1. Laying the foundations
Rumours of Russia
The golden key
Cousins divided
2. Bringing in the Black and Tans
Copper-fastened by Churchhill
‘A certain ruthlessness’
Teaching a lesson
Guns for the colonies
‘Down with the English’
3. ‘We must shoot to kill’
Discretion to destroy
Bad villages
Dirty war
4. Sowing the seeds of ethnic cleansing
A strained alliance
‘Corpse city’
Carving up Palestine
Midwifing a miracle?
5. Arming Israel (1953-1956)
Pressures from Peres
Skullduggery over Suez
A killing spree in Gaza
6 Arming Israel (1957-1979)
Shopping for submarines
Greasing the wheels of occupation
‘We cannot afford morality’
‘Seize every order’
7. Sidelining the PLO
Kowtowing to Kissinger
A patronizing attitude
Humouring Israel
Rallying behing Reagan
8. The loyal lieutenant
A swift peace?
‘Get ride of Saddam’
Palestine’s police state
Suffering for Israel?
Spindoctor for a siege
9. Partners in crime
Devoted to drones
Eyeing big orders
Clegg’s crocodile tears
Conservative cheerleading
Smearing solidarity
Postrscript: Israel’s greatest friend?
Notes
Acknowledgements
Index
Review Quotes
Tim Llewellyn, former BBC Middle East Correspondent
"Cronin describes vividly how, by deception,  Britain's imperial designs and perceived need for international Jewish support in wartime gave birth to the Balfour Declaration of November 1917, which handed Arab Palestine to the Zionist Movement, as a 'Jewish national home' or Jewish state. Cronin examines Britain's continuing pernicious, deadly and lucrative relationship with Israel, its political support for Israel's war crimes, and theft of Arab land and the mutual arms trade."
Mazin Qumsiyeh, Bethlehem University
"Like his other books, Cronin’s latest work sheds light in the dark corners of western imperialist policies that wreak havoc in most of the world. This one about British policies over the 100 years since Balfour is worthy of reading not only by every British person interested in truth but all humans who yearn for peace and justice."
Nur Masalha, editor of Journal of Holy Land and Palestine Studies
"It is not surprising that each year the November anniversary of the Balfour promise is celebrated by British friends of Israel and mourned by millions of dispossessed Palestinian refugees. Speaking the truth about the catastrophic consequences of British support for Zionism, this amply documented book shows how Britain erected and for decades maintained the scaffolding that gave birth to a settler-colonial state in Palestine and the Palestinian Nakba. Acknowledging Britain’s moral responsibility towards the Palestinians is a key message of this timely and courageous book. A must read for those seeking truth and reconciliation in the Middle East."
Raymond Deane, composer
"'Journalists', Cronin tells us, 'have a duty to cause trouble for the powerful'. This sense of duty informs every word of Balfour's Shadow. From Foreign Secretary Balfour's illegitimate 1917 promise to the Jews of a homeland in Palestine to Tony Blair's global grandstanding and profiteering on Israel's behalf in the 21stcentury, Cronin exposes Britain as an enabler of Israeli apartheid. He blends indignation with meticulous objectivity in an alternative history that is concise but comprehensive."
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