Lord Balfour: Pro-Palestinian protesters damage University of Cambridge painting

Lord Balfour: Pro-Palestinian protesters damage University of Cambridge painting
Lord Balfour: Pro-Palestinian protesters damage University of Cambridge painting

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Hind Al Soulia - Riyadh - CAMBRIDGE — Police have launched an investigation after a painting of a politician, linked to the creation of Israel, was damaged.

Palestine Action said one if its activists had “ruined” a 1914 painting of Lord Balfour at Trinity College, part of the University of Cambridge.

A statement on the group’s website said the painting had been “slashed” and sprayed with red paint. Footage was also posted on social media.

A Cambridgeshire Police spokeswoman said: “This afternoon we received an online report of criminal damage today to a painting at Trinity College, Cambridge.

“Officers are attending the scene to secure evidence and progress the investigation. No arrests have been made at this stage.”

Lord Balfour was foreign secretary in 1917 when a declaration was made pledging Britain’s support for the establishment “in Palestine of a national home for the Jewish people” and has been seen by some historians as a starting point for the Arab-Israeli conflict.

A spokeswoman for Trinity College said: “Trinity College regrets the damage caused to a portrait of Arthur James Balfour during public opening hours. The police have been informed. Support is available for any member of the college community affected.”

Palestine Action said, in a statement: “Palestine Action ruined a 1914 painting by Philip Alexius de László inside Trinity College, University of Cambridge of Lord Arthur James Balfour — the colonial administrator and signatory of the Balfour Declaration.”

They added that “an activist slashed the homage and sprayed the artwork with red paint”. — BBC


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