Palestinian National Council member Najib Al-Qaddoumi said that prior to the Balfour Declaration, the Jews in Europe "knew nothing but how to make money through trade, schemes, corruption, and so on." He said that Europe and Russia wished that the Jews would leave, and that the Jews took this opportunity to summon the First Zionist Congress in Switzerland, from which "the idea of implementing the Balfour Declaration was born." Al-Qaddoumi was interviewed on the Palestinian Authority's Palestine TV Channel on November 4, 2018.
Najib Al-Qaddoumi: The Balfour Declaration was the cornerstone for the establishment of that rogue [Israeli] state. Let us examine the circumstances of that declaration by Arthur Balfour, who was Britain's Foreign Minister at the time. Let us examine the circumstances of the Jews in Europe and in Russia at the time. They lived in secluded communities. They knew nothing but how to make money through trade, schemes, corruption, and so on. It got to the point that the people of Europe and Russia grew tired of them, and wished that they would leave their countries. The [Jews] took advantage of the opportunity, and summoned the [First Zionist] Congress in Basel in 1897. On that day, the idea of implementing the Balfour Declaration was born.