From Occupation to Interim Accords:Vol. CIME 4:Israel and the Palestinian Territories

Author: Raja Shehadeh

Publisher: Springer


Category: Law

Page: 305

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This book represents an in-depth legal analysis of the lengthly and complicated agreements signed between Israel and the PLO. The legal and administrative developments that took place in the Palestinian areas over the past twenty years are surveyed and closely analysed, providing the background essential to an understanding of the agreements signed between Israel and the PLO. The negotiation process is critically considered and the pot-agreement legislation is reviewed. There is an analyses of the legal developments in the areas under the Palestinian Authority which is the first of its kind. The book has appendices which include military orders and proclamations, letters and negotiation documents which have not been previously published.

The Only Language They Understand

Forcing Compromise in Israel and Palestine

Author: Nathan Thrall

Publisher: Metropolitan Books

ISBN: 1627797092

Category: History

Page: 336

View: 7824

In a myth-busting analysis of the world's most intractable conflict, a star of Middle East reporting argues that only one weapon has yielded progress: confrontation. Scattered over the territory between the Jordan River and the Mediterranean Sea lie the remnants of failed peace proposals, international summits, secret negotiations, UN resolutions and state-building efforts. The conventional story is that these well-meaning attempts at peacemaking were repeatedly thwarted by the use of violence. Through a rich interweaving of reportage, historical narrative and forceful analysis, Nathan Thrall presents a startling counter-history. He shows that Israelis and Palestinians have persistently been marching toward partition, but not through the high politics of diplomacy or the incremental building of a Palestinian state. In fact, negotiation, collaboration and state-building--the prescription of successive American administrations--have paradoxically entrenched the conflict in multiple ways. They have created the illusion that a solution is at hand, lessened Israel's incentives to end its control over the West Bank and Gaza and undermined Palestinian unity. Ultimately, it is those who have embraced confrontation through boycotts, lawsuits, resolutions imposed by outside powers, protests, civil disobedience, and even violence who have brought about the most significant change. Published as Israel's occupation of East Jerusalem, the West Bank, and Gaza reaches its fiftieth year, which is also the centenary of the Balfour Declaration that first promised a Jewish national home in Palestine, The Only Language They Understand advances a bold thesis that shatters ingrained positions of both left and right and provides a new and eye-opening understanding of this most vexed of lands.

The Iron Cage

The Story of the Palestinian Struggle for Statehood

Author: Rashid Khalidi

Publisher: Beacon Press

ISBN: 9780807003091

Category: History

Page: 288

View: 1012

A timely and compelling examination of the Palestinian dilemma, named one of the 100 best books of the year by Publishers Weekly This story of the Palestinian search to establish a state begins in the era of British control over Palestine and stretches between the two world wars and into the present, offering much-needed perspective for anyone concerned about peace in the Middle East. "Rashid Khalidi is a historian's historian. The Iron Cage is his most accomplished effort to date . . . Magisterial in scope, meticulous in its attention to detail, and decidedly dispassionate in its analysis, The Iron Cage is destined to be a benchmark of its genre." -Joel Schalit, Tikkun "At heart a historical essay, an effort to decide why the Palestinians . . . have failed to achieve an independent state." -Steven Erlanger, New York Times "Khalidi, tackling 'historical amnesia,'brilliantly analyses the structural handicap which hobbled the Palestinians throughout 30 years of British rule . . . Khalidi restores the Palestinians to something more than victims, acknowledging that for all their disadvantages, they have played their role and can (and must) still do so to determine their own fate." -Ian Black, Guardian "Khalidi uses history to provide a clear-eyed view of the region and assess the prospects for peace. He strives successfully for even-handedness." -Anthony Lewis, author of Gideon's Trumpet and Make No Law

Desk Study on the Environment in the Occupied Palestinian Territories

Author: United Nations Environment Programme

Publisher: United Nations Publications

ISBN: 9789211586183

Category: Science

Page: 188

View: 5909

Long term environmental degradation has occurred in the occupied Palestinian territories over the decades spanning several conflicts, and this densely populated area has additional problems of scarcity of water resources and land, rapid population growth, a continuing refugee problem, climate change and desertification. This report outlines the state of the environment and seeks to identify major areas of environmental damage requiring urgent attention. It is based on a review of available studies and interviews with officials and experts, and proposes recommendations to solve environmental problems.

The Statehood of Palestine

International Law in the Middle East Conflict

Author: John Quigley

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 1139491245

Category: Law

Page: N.A

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Palestine as a territorial entity has experienced a curious history. Until World War I, Palestine was part of the sprawling Ottoman Empire. After the war, Palestine came under the administration of Great Britain by an arrangement with the League of Nations. In 1948 Israel established itself in part of Palestine's territory, and Egypt and Jordan assumed administration of the remainder. By 1967 Israel took control of the sectors administered by Egypt and Jordan and by 1988 Palestine reasserted itself as a state. Recent years saw the international community acknowledging Palestinian statehood as it promotes the goal of two independent states, Israel and Palestine, co-existing peacefully. This book draws on evidence from the 1924 League of Nations mandate to suggest that Palestine was constituted as a state at that time. Palestine remained a state after 1948, even as its territory underwent permutation, and this book provides a detailed account of how Palestine has been recognized until the present day.

East of the Jordan

Territories and Sites of the Hebrew Scriptures

Author: Burton MacDonald

Publisher: Amer School of Oriental

ISBN: 9780897570312

Category: History

Page: 287

View: 5935

Annotation Archaeologist McDonald presents the history of the identification of an array of biblical sites and offers his own suggestions for site locations based of information from the biblical texts, extra-biblical literary information, toponymic considerations, and archaeology. Some of the specific sites examined in this book include the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah; the Exodus itineraries; the territories and sites of the Israelite tribes, such as Reuben and Gad; as well as Ammon, Moab, Edom, and Gilead. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

The Palestine Yearbook of International Law, 1996-1997

Author: Academie de Droit International

Publisher: Martinus Nijhoff Publishers

ISBN: 9789041110091

Category: Political Science

Page: 480

View: 3152

When the international legal community seeks definitive information and educated commentary on Palestinian issues it turns to "The Palestine Yearbook of International Law." The ninth volume contains - leading articles on the judicial review in Palestine, on water management, and on the status of Jerusalem; - the texts of Palestinian, Israeli, and U.S. legislation; - the texts of several reports on rights and claims of Moslems and Jews in connection with the Wailing Wall; - a selection of recent book reviews; and - a detailed bibliography. The charged nature of this field heightens the importance of access to quality information. The Palestine Yearbook of International Law supplies topical coverage on a wide range of issues in the field, making it a key resource for international practitioners and academics.


The Role of Fresh Water in the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

Author: Stephen C. Lonergan,David B. Brooks

Publisher: IDRC

ISBN: 1552500977

Category: Nature

Page: 310

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Watershed describes the water crisis faced by Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories today; a crisis that will have much to do with the design and the success of the current peace proposals. The authors examine the geopolitics of water in the region, the economic importance, problems of water supply and water quality, and regional conflicts over water.

The Case for Sanctions Against Israel

Author: N.A

Publisher: Verso Books

ISBN: 1844678032

Category: Political Science

Page: 244

View: 6862

In July 2011, Israel passed legislation outlawing the public support of boycott activities against the state, corporations, and settlements, adding a crackdown on free speech to its continuing blockade of Gaza and the expansion of illegal settlements. Nonetheless, the campaign for boycott, divestment, and sanctions (BDS) continues to grow in strength within Israel and Palestine, as well as in Europe and the US. This essential intervention considers all sides of the movement—including detailed comparisons with the South African experience—and contains contributions from both sides of the separation wall, along with a stellar list of international commentators. Contributors: Merav Amir and Dalit Baum, Ra’anaan Alexandrowicz, Hind Awwad, Mustafa Barghouthi, Omar Barghouti, Joel Beinin, John Berger, Angela Davis, Nada Elia, Marc Ellis, Noura Erakat, Ran Greenstein, Neve Gordon, Ronald Kasrils, Jamal Khader, Naomi Klein, Mark LeVine, Ken Loach, David Lloyd and Laura Pulido, Haneen Maikey, Ilan Pappe, Jonathan Pollak, Lisa Taraki, Rebecca Vilkomerson, Michael Warschawski, Slavoj Žižek.

The Jerusalem Problem

The Struggle for Permanent Status

Author: Menachem Klein

Publisher: Orange Groove Books

ISBN: 9781616101237

Category: History

Page: 235

View: 7901

Translated by Haim Watzman "A unique account of a complex and subtle negotiation about the most disputed city in the world. Its point of view is clear, but it is nonetheless a balanced presentation. In place of generalizations it tries to get at what really happened."--David Matz, University of Massachusetts, Boston "Anyone concerned with the horrible violence between Palestinians and Israelis will want to read this fascinating, behind-the-scenes account of the negotiations that preceded the violence, and why they failed. It was like a thriller that I could not put down, even though I knew the gory ending."--Joel S. Migdal, University of Washington Assessing one of the most serious issues of our day, Menachem Klein is the first to employ rigorous research to analyze all sides of official negotiations over Israeli-Palestinian territorial disputes. He focuses especially on the Camp David talks of 2000 and the Taba talks of 2001 and on discussions of the future of Jerusalem, offering a clear balance sheet of what went right, what went wrong, and what remains of the failed peace process. Klein, an advisor to the Israeli team during the Camp David talks and a member of several Israeli-Palestinian diplomacy groups, argues that the negotiations themselves created a negative dynamic and that the violent outcome was neither inevitable nor entirely determined by the personalities of their participants. He maintains that the Israeli and Palestinian negotiators and leaders interacted destructively and that the American interaction with each side was detrimental; the prevailing strategy was one that set out lines that could not be crossed, instituting a style of bargaining that stymied negotiations. While all three parties shattered long-held preconceptions about how issues should be resolved, the talks ended in bloodshed. Moreover, neither side has ever drafted a single definitive document delineating what was understood and said at Camp David. Beginning with the opening of the official permanent status talks, which sparked strong initial hopes, Klein tracks diplomacy on all sides from 1994 onward. He synthesizes a profusion of unresolved issues, including Palestinian state borders, Israeli settlements, and the future of the Palestinian war refugees of 1948, and he disproves a number of claims made by the Israeli and Palestinian actors involved in the process. He also illuminates such questions as whether the talks commenced too early for one or both sides, whether the push for a final settlement was the caprice of three or four senior decision-makers disconnected from their constituencies, and whether the cycle of violence has turned back the clock. Based on Klein's personal experience in official and informal talks between the two sides, this absorbing book offers a rare perspective and level of detail on international negotiation. It will become a prerequisite for all future theoretical discussion of issues at the heart of the Middle East conflict. Menachem Klein, senior lecturer in political science at Bar-Ilan University in Israel, is the author or editor of four books, including Jerusalem: The Contested City and Doves in the Jerusalem Sky: The Peace Process and the City, 1977-1999. He served as an adviser to the Israeli team during the Camp David talks and is a member of several Israeli-Palestinian track-two diplomacy groups.

Middle East Contemporary Survey

Volume Xviii, 1994

Author: Ami Ayalon,Bruce Maddy-weitzman

Publisher: Westview Press

ISBN: 9780813327761

Category: Middle East

Page: 792

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This is the eighteenth volume in a series that provides a continuing up-to-date reference work recording the rapidly changing events in an exceptionally complex part of the world. The volume includes for the first time separate country surveys of the North African states of Algeria, Morocco, and Tunisia.On the whole, 1994 was characterized by continuity rather than major changes, with tension between governments and religious or ethnic opposition groups still dominating the political climate, most notably in Algeria, Egypt, and Iraq. As before, it was in the Arab-Israeli arena that the most important changes took place. The 1993 Declaration of Principles signed by Israel and the PLO, and their May 1994 implementation agreement, paved the way for the Israeli-Jordanian peace treaty, signed in October 1994, and prompted a process of political and economic dialogue between Israel and a number of formerly hostile Arab states. The Israeli-PLO agreements also gave birth to the autonomous Palestinian Authority in the Gaza Strip and Jericho, widely viewed as a major step toward a possible settlement of their historic conflict.

Preventing Palestine

A Political History from Camp David to Oslo

Author: Seth Anziska

Publisher: Princeton University Press

ISBN: 0691183988

Category: History

Page: N.A

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On the fortieth anniversary of the Camp David Accords, a groundbreaking new history that shows how Egyptian-Israeli peace ensured lasting Palestinian statelessness For seventy years Israel has existed as a state, and for forty years it has honored a peace treaty with Egypt that is widely viewed as a triumph of U.S. diplomacy in the Middle East. Yet the Palestinians—the would-be beneficiaries of a vision for a comprehensive regional settlement that led to the Camp David Accords in 1978—remain stateless to this day. How and why Palestinian statelessness persists are the central questions of Seth Anziska’s groundbreaking book, which explores the complex legacy of the agreement brokered by President Jimmy Carter. Based on newly declassified international sources, Preventing Palestine charts the emergence of the Middle East peace process, including the establishment of a separate track to deal with the issue of Palestine. At the very start of this process, Anziska argues, Egyptian-Israeli peace came at the expense of the sovereignty of the Palestinians, whose aspirations for a homeland alongside Israel faced crippling challenges. With the introduction of the idea of restrictive autonomy, Israeli settlement expansion, and Israel’s 1982 invasion of Lebanon, the chances for Palestinian statehood narrowed even further. The first Intifada in 1987 and the end of the Cold War brought new opportunities for a Palestinian state, but many players, refusing to see Palestinians as a nation or a people, continued to steer international diplomacy away from their cause. Combining astute political analysis, extensive original research, and interviews with diplomats, military veterans, and communal leaders, Preventing Palestine offers a bold new interpretation of a highly charged struggle for self-determination.

From Oslo to Jerusalem

The Palestinian Story of the Secret Negotiations

Author: Ahmed Qurei

Publisher: I.B.Tauris

ISBN: 0857712799

Category: Political Science

Page: 319

View: 9695

With the Israeli-Palestinian Peace process still unresolved, the man who led the emerging Palestinian state through the turbulent post-Arafat era, former Prime Minister Ahmed Qurie, unveils for the first time his record of the 1993 Oslo negotiations which led to this point. The charismatic Qurie, also known as Abu Ala, was pivotal to the Oslo and post-Oslo talks, and the real, if volatile, friendships he formed with his Israeli counterparts Uri Savir and Shimon Peres helped create a fundamental shift in both sides’ perception of the other. Qurie’s story offers a longawaited perspective on the protracted and often nail-biting negotiations which changed the Middle East forever. The issues which the Oslo talks came so close to, but ultimately failed in, resolving –namely, refugees, borders, security, Jerusalem, are now once again on the negotiating table. In this context, Qurie’s candid account of secret deals, hoarsely-argued compromises and astonishing volte-faces assumes huge importance for historians and for those shaping the future of Palestine and the peace process. From Oslo to Jerusalem is not only an indispensable record, but also a compelling narrative of the drama, emotion and personalities behind a turning-point in the history of the modern Middle East.

The Occupation of Justice

The Supreme Court of Israel and the Occupied Territories

Author: David Kretzmer

Publisher: SUNY Press

ISBN: 9780791453384

Category: History

Page: 262

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A critical examination of the decisions of the Supreme Court of Israel in cases relating to the Occupied Territories.

The ABC of the OPT

A Legal Lexicon of the Israeli Control over the Occupied Palestinian Territory

Author: Orna Ben-Naftali,Michael Sfard,Hedi Viterbo

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 1108694195

Category: Law

Page: N.A

View: 6261

Israel's half-a-century long rule over the West Bank and Gaza Strip, and some of its surrounding legal issues, have been the subject of extensive academic literature. Yet, to date, there has been no comprehensive, theoretically-informed, and empirically-based academic study of the role of various legal mechanisms, norms, and concepts in shaping, legitimizing, and responding to the Israeli control regime. This book seeks to fill this gap, while shedding new light on the subject. Through the format of an A-Z legal lexicon, it critically reflects on, challenges, and redefines the language, knowledge, and practices surrounding the Israeli control regime. Taken together, the entries illuminate the relation between global and local forces - legal, political, and cultural - in Israel and Palestine. The study of the terms involved provides insights that are relevant to other situations elsewhere in the world, particularly with regard to belligerent occupation, the law's role in relation to state violence, and justice.

Occupier's law

Israel and the West Bank

Author: Raja Shehadeh

Publisher: N.A


Category: Political Science

Page: 212

View: 340


From Cast Lead to Protective Edge

Lessons from Israel's Wars in Gaza

Author: Raphael S. Cohen,David E. Johnson,Elizabeth M. Bartels

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780833097873

Category: History

Page: 246

View: 4522

This report describes how the Israel Defense Force fought an adaptive hybrid adversary in a dense urban setting under intense public scrutiny during its wars in Gaza and draws lessons from the Israeli experience for the U.S. Army and the joint force.

The Accidental Empire

Israel and the Birth of the Settlements, 1967-1977

Author: Gershom Gorenberg

Publisher: Macmillan

ISBN: 9780805082418

Category: History

Page: 454

View: 7558

A compelling account of the birth and history of the settler movement in Israel discusses the creation of Jewish settlements in territories seized following the 1967 Six-Day War, the actions and inactions that led to the move into occupied regions, and the long-term implications of the move. Reprint.