1900-1919 | Palestine | Racism

Palestinians marginalised as their land is declared a future ‘national home for the Jewish people’

9 November 1917 On 9 November 1917, The Times published a letter, now remembered as the Balfour Declaration, which Foreign Secretary Arthur Balfour had written a week earlier to Lord Rothschild. In it, he promised to back, ‘the establishment in Palestine of a national home for the Jewish people.’  Although it also stated that ‘nothing…

1800-1859 | Burning people alive | Ireland

Preparations made to burn Irish convicts alive

9 November 1804 On 9 November 1804, panic erupted among the British garrison of the remote penal colony of Norfolk Island in the South Pacific, when they sighted a flotilla of ships, including the 64 gun warship Athenienne, and assumed they were under attack from the French.  The Commandant, Captain John Piper, immediately ordered all…