“The Bride is beautiful but she is

married to another man”

–Shalim, The Iron Wall

On 2nd November, 1917 the British government declared its support for the formation of a ‘’national homeland” for Jews in Palestine. The public announcement came in the form of Balfour Declaration before World War 1 ended. Palestine was at that time a province of the Ottoman Empire where Jews were a minority. The declaration was in the form of a letter written from Arthur Balfour, the British Foreign Secretary to Mr Rothschild- the representative of Jewish community in Palestine. Balfour Declaration was followed by a number of political and military events which led to eventual surrender of Palestine to the British by 9th December of the same year. The declaration represented first support for Zionism by an international entity. The region remains a disputed territory almost a hundred years later.