San Remo Centenary - Information and Resources

The Centenary of the San Remo Conference, which was held from 19 to 26 April 1920 is this year.  It was an even more important step in the creation of the modern State of Israel than the Balfour Declaration.

At this conference the Allied powers agreed on the future of the Middle East territories liberated from the Turkish Empire.  The vast majority was assigned for the creation of new Arab States under British or French mandates, but Palestine was allocated for the reconstitution of the Jewish National Home, under a British Mandate. 

The agreement transformed the policy expressed in the Balfour Declaration from a unilateral aspiration of the British Government into a binding international agreement.


'100 years of San Remo and Jewish Self Determination'

Natasha Hausdorff explains how the San Remo Conference rebuts the myth of Israel as a colonialist entity and recognised the millennia-long association of Jews with the Land of Israel.

From Aberystwyth to San Remo’ - The Birth of International Politics and the Jewish National Home by Dr James Vaughan

This talk explores the contribution of British academics, particularly those associated with the founding of the discipline of International Politics, to the establishment of the Jewish National Home after the Great War. It demonstrates how scholars like Alfred Zimmern and Sir Charles Webster combined idealistic internationalism and a ‘Wilsonian’ belief in the rights of small nations to self-determination with an ability to bridge the worlds of academia and politics, both through their connections to Chaim Weizmann and the Zionist Organization, and in their role as participants in the making of the post-war settlement.

San Remo's Promise Fulfilled

Prof. Eugene Kontorovich explains how 100 years after the San Remo Conference, the world - lead now by the U.S. - is beginning to make good on its promises to the Jews to allow "settlement" throughout mandatory Palestine.

San Remo and the "Two-State solution" by Andrew Tucker

The commonly-accepted "Two-State" paradigm alleges that "the West Bank (including East Jerusalem) and Gaza" are occupied territories; that they do not belong to the territory of Israel; and that they are (or are to become) the territory of the State of Palestine. But this paradigm based on a flawed legal analysis. We need to return to the San Remo resolution and the Mandate for Palestine in order to understand the legal status of these territories, that has since 1920 been shrouded in mystery and uncertainty.

San Remo and "settlements" by Dr Matthijs de Blois

 It is commonly stated that Israeli settlements in the "occupied territories" are illegal. This was even the view of the ICJ in the "Wall" Advisory Opinion in 2004. However this view ignores the legal relevance of the Mandate for Palestine, which was created as a result of the San Remo conference. Under the Mandate, the Jewish people were granted the right to "close settlement" in Palestine, in light of their unique historical and religious connection with the land. Dr Matthijs de Blois is Senior Fellow, thinc; formerly Assistant Professor, Utrecht University; co-author, Israel on Trial – How International Law is Being Misused to Delegitimize the State of Israel.

"San Remo in Retrospect - 100 Years On" by Dr Cynthia Day Wallace


"Trump is keeping the promise made at San Remo in 1920. Why?"  by Eugene Kontorovich

Jerusalem Post 4 January 2020

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"The San Remo Conference, A Crucial Zionist Moment" by Yisrael Medad

Times of Israel 22 April 2020

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"The San Remo Conference 100 Years On" by Professor Efraim Karsh

The Begin Sadat Centre for Strategic Studies 24 April 2020

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"How a gathering in Italy led to a Jewish state in Palestine!

The JC 24 April 2020

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San Remo: The forgotten milestone to the liberation and creation of Israel - article by Salomon Benzimra

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Why you should know San Remo by Dan Adler

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These articles are from the Israel Forever Foundation website on


San Remo – the Zionist Vision becomes International Law by Dr Cynthia Day Wallace

You can read her article here:  Cynthia Day Wallace Article


 Middle East Forum

How San Remo Birthed the Jewish National Home

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Love Never Fails, a coalition of Christian Groups, is also organising celebratory events to celebrate the San Remo Centenary, has produced a background document about San Remo HERE  

Video showing first-hand testimony by one of the British diplomats who was actually in the negotiation rooms about how the Emir Faisal and Lawrence of Arabia both supported the establishment of a Jewish homeland in Israel, and how the document known as the Faisal-Weizmann Agreement came about:

The San Remo Resolution, chapter 5 of the film Whose Land? directed by Hugh Kitson.   See all the chapters HERE


San Remo Event Centenary event from the European Coalition for Israel  (Recorded)  

Live broadcast from Jerusalem on Sunday 26 April 2020 at 15.00 CET, on the 100th anniversary of the San Remo Resolution. The programme includes historical flashbacks and speeches from experts and world leaders. The video is also available after the premiere.
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