‘100 Years After Balfour’: Events

‘100 Years After Balfour’: Centenary Film Screening and Discussion’

Thu 2 November 2017
20:00 – 21:00 GMT

ArtHouse Crouch End
159A Tottenham Lane
N8 9BT

Free event. Please book online to reserve a place:

‘Independent Jewish Voices – 100 Years After Balfour’ is a 25-minute film about the history of the Declaration, and its legacy up to the present. It features seven experts and activists, each of whom offer a distinct Jewish voice on the Declaration and the unfolding of its long-term impact over the past century. These seven powerful and lucid voices together offer a compelling and cogent range of insights into the troubled history of the Middle East, and powerfully demonstrate the continued vibrancy among Jews in Britain of political dissent and solidarity with Palestinians.

The screening will be followed by a short discussion of the issues raised by the film with two of the speakers who feature in it – the critic Professor Jacqueline Rose, and Rabbi Howard Cooper. Conversation will continue after the screening in the bar area of the Arthouse Cinema.

£5 donation requested on the door, in support of the work of Independent Jewish Voices


The 2017 Gaza Lecture

Britain and Palestine: 100 Yeast of Promises and Conflict


Wednesday 8 November 2017


Oxford Brookes University

John Henry Brookes Lecture Theatre, Headington Campus, OX3 0BP

Free event. Please book to reserve a place:

In November 1917, Foreign Secretary Lord Balfour gave Britain’s support to “the establishment in Palestine of a national home for the Jewish people.”

To mark the 100th anniversary of the Balfour Declaration, Professor Avi Shlaim will critically examine Britain’s historical and on-going role in the apparently intractable conflict between Palestinians and Israelis. What impact has this and subsequent British policies had on Palestine? And what influence does Britain continue to have?

Professor Shlaim’s lecture will be prefaced with a screening of ‘100 Years after Balfour’ by Independent Jewish Voices, which will be introduced by Dr Brian Klug.

Avi Shlaim is Professor Emeritus of International Relations, St Antony’s College, University of Oxford.

Dr Brian Klug is a Senior Research Fellow in Philosophy, St Benet’s Hall, University of Oxford


100 Years After Balfour’ at the Birkbeck Institute for the Moving Image

Fri 17 November 2017
18:00 – 21:00 GMT

Birkbeck Cinema
43 Gordon Square

Free event. Please book here:

“100 Years After Balfour”, a new talking heads film made by Independent Jewish Voices, a campaigning network, challenges the notion that this year’s centenary is cause for celebration.

On 2 November 1917, a letter from Foreign Secretary Arthur Balfour was transmitted to the Zionist Federation, promising British support for ‘a national home for the Jewish people’ in Palestine.

The film explains how the decisions of the British government in 1917 are linked to the establishment of the state of Israel in 1948, its fifty-year occupation of the West since 1967, and to gridlock today. It is introduced by journalist Jon Snow, and includes contributions from the historian Avi Shlaim, the critic Jacqueline Rose, and several other Jewish academics, commentators and activists.

Professor Shlaim said: ‘This autumn, many in the Jewish community as well as the UK government are celebrating this centenary. This new film by Independent Jewish Voices shows that a significant minority of Jews in Britain take a different view, seeing this as a time to reflect on the profoundly negative consequences of the Balfour Declaration, especially for the Palestinians.’

Following the screening of 100 Years After Balfour there will be a panel discussion consisting of Antony Lerman, co-founder, Independent Jewish Voices, writer and commentator, author The Making and Unmaking of a Zionist, and editor­, Do I Belong: Reflections from Europe; Jacqueline Rose, Professor of Humanities and Co-Director of Birkbeck Institute for the Humanities,co-founder Independent Jewish Voices, author The Question of Zion, and The Last Resistance; Miri Weingarten, Israeli journalist and human rights activist, former editor of JNews, past Director of Occupied Territories for Physicians for Human Rights. The panel is chaired by Adam Fagan, Professor of Politics, Queen Mary University of London, leading researcher on the post-conflict Balkan states.

We invite to all guests to join us for a wine reception after the screening.

100 Years After Balfour by Independent Jewish Voices, a screening sponsored by Birkbeck Institute for the Moving Image, Birkbeck Institute for Humanities and Raphael Samuel Centre.

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