Balfour Declaration


Balfour Declaration (BAL-for dehk-luh-RAY-shin) listen


  • n. A 1917 statement by the British government declaring Great Britain’s support for the establishment of a national homeland for Jews in Palestine.

Example Sentences

  • "Ironically, the Balfour declarion came from the pro-Zionists and the Anti-Semitic racists coming together." (source)

Languages of Origin

  • English


  • From the name of the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom at the time, Earl Of Balfour Arthur James Balfour.

    • Who Uses This

      • Jews: Jews of diverse religious backgrounds and organizational involvements
      • Israel: Diaspora Jews who feel connected to Israel and have spent time there
      • Non-Jews: (words that have spread outside of Jewish networks)


      • North America


      • The JPS Dictionary of Jewish Words, by Joyce Eisenberg and Ellen Scolnic, (Philadelphia, 2001).

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