On the 100th anniversary of the historical document known as the Balfour Declaration, various departments from the VCU College of Humanities and Sciences invited esteemed scholars to discuss the role of the document in modern day context.
The Balfour Declaration was a short letter that announced the British support of creating a separate state for Jews in the Ottoman Palestine region.
The Center for Judaic Studies teamed up with the Global Education Office, Humanities Research Center and the International Studies Program in the School of World Studies to host the event.
Noura Erakat, a human rights attorney and assistant professor of legal studies and social justice/human rights at George Mason University presented the effect of the Declaration on Palestinian resistance over the years.
Hillel Gruenberg, director of Israel Engagement at the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion and The Jewish Theological Seminary, gave a historical overview of what the world looked like for Jews before and after the Declaration.