New York Times bestselling author Edwin Black will conclude his three-week, coast-to-coast lecture series commemorating the Balfour Declaration 100 Years Later and its unique place in the history of Israel and international law during a panel discussion at the American Zionist Movement annual conference in Washington D.C. The three-day AZM conference features dozens of prominent speakers, November 15-17, 2018 at the Liaison Hotel, with some events at the Israeli Embassy, and the Congressional Visitors Center.
Black’s panel will feature an in-depth look at the Balfour Declaration text and its impact. Other panelists in Black’s session include Col. Richard Kemp, Baroness Ruth Deech of the House of Lords, and author Mitchell Bard. The session is moderated by Elana Heideman.
The Balfour Declaration, issued November 2, 1917, has ignited continuous controversy since its release. Although just a brief and non-binding 67-word letter, issued by British Foreign Minister Arthur James Balfour to Lord Rothschild, its far-reaching implications set in motion the indispensable international policy pivot that led to the creation of the State of Israel. Its revolutionary text mandating democracy was replicated in the San Remo Agreement, the Mandate for Palestine, and other international instruments. Its essence was preserved in the UN Charter. Yet, Balfour Declaration remains one of the most misunderstood, misportrayed, and misquoted diplomatic documents since the dawn of the twentieth century.
“I have only 7 minutes at this panel to do what I have done in 90 minutes for most audiences, said Black, adding, “but I can pack enough revelation into those 7 minutes to revamp the conference’s understanding of the powerful Declaration and its distinguished place in world history.”
Black’s Balfour 100 Tour has spanned a collection of venues from the U.S. House of Representatives, to high schools, synagogues and college campuses. A listing is shown below.
Oct 19, Long Island, Rambam • Oct 20, Midtown Manhattan • Oct 23, U.S. House of Representatives
- Oct 27, Miami Riviera Parliament • Oct 30, Miami Hebrew Academy • Oct 31, Boca Raton, Donna Klein Academy • Nov 1, Boca Raton Central Chabad • Nov 3, Naples, Ave Maria School of Law • Nov 5, San Jose Temple Emanu-EL • Nov 5, Stanford University Chabad • Nov 7, Sonoma State University • Nov 9, Potomac Congregation B’nai Tzedek • Nov 16, Washington DC American Zionist Movement Annual.
Edwin Black is the author of IBM and the Holocaust, soon to be a major motion picture, as well as The Farhud, Nazi Nexus, and British Petroleum and The Redline Agreement. He has been researching and writing about Israel’s history for almost a half century. For his human rights work, Black has won the International Human Rights Award, Justice for All Award, Moral Courage Award, Drum Major for Justice Award, the Moral Compass Award from the Holocaust Museum of SouthWest Florida, as well as a special commendation from the Michigan State Legislature.
For information about the AZM conference dubbed In the Spirit of Balfour, see https://www.azm.org/azm-national-conference