Palestine/Israel: Peace Or Apartheid

Occupation, Terrorism and the Future

Author: Marwan Bishara

Publisher: Zed Books

ISBN: 9781842772737

Category: History

Page: 173

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This is an incisive analysis of where Palestinians and Israelis are, eight years on from the Oslo Accords of 1993, and the possible avenues to a just and durable peace. It lays out the causes of the Second Intifada and argues that this new rising shows that there can be no peace without injustice. Israel may not yet have reached the point where, a decade ago, President de Klerk recognized this fact for South Africa, but the same hard choices must one day be made. Marwan Bishara shows how the asymmetry of power between Palestinians and Israelis was ignored by patrons of the Oslo "peace process" - notably the United States. The ill-conceived transition process degenerated into the fragmented and dependent apartheid statelet that exists today in the West Bank and Gaza. The Oslo process was in fact doomed from the start. The seven accords that have been signed have produced seven years of prosperity for Israelis, and seven years of collapsing economy and increasingly impossible living conditions for Palestinians.

Palestine Membership in the United Nations

Legal and Practical Implications

Author: Mutaz Qafisheh

Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing

ISBN: 1443869740

Category: Law

Page: 460

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This book aims to bridge the scientific gap that exists with regard to Palestine’s membership of the UN as a State. As international law cannot operate outside the context of the global political atmosphere, the book focuses on the international legal dimension as well as the political/practical aspects of UN statehood recognition. With chapters written by leading international scholars, this collection is directed to those concerned with the strengthening of international law and the UN. Complex issues of representation and the confusing situation of citizenship, given the multiple residential circumstances in which Palestinians are forced to live, are explored with unsurpassed clarity. This invaluable contribution to the scholarly literature offers an ideal point of departure for understanding the core issues as they exist at this time. In this volume, Dr Qafisheh and eighteen other contributors go beyond the direct implications of Palestinian statehood within the UN to consider the prospects for a resolution of one of the longest conflicts in history. The UN statehood resolution of November 2012 reaffirms the two-State consensus which increasingly seems to be a desert mirage without any prospect of being realized. What self-determination might mean in light of this background, where the two-State solution seems to be nearing the end of its sunset phase, is explored in creative ways throughout the book. The book consists of three parts. Part I presents the framework of Palestine’s UN membership, its legal and political foundations, its implications for PLO representation, Palestinian refugees and population status, and its impact on concerned parties. Part II focuses on selected issues that arise in relation to Palestine’s UN membership, including human rights, humanitarian law, international criminal law, prisoners, Jerusalem, water and the accession to the WTO. Part III connects the history with future solutions for Palestinian-Israeli conflict.

The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

A People's War

Author: Beverley Milton-Edwards

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1134129122

Category: Political Science

Page: 240

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The conflict between Israelis and Palestinians is one of the most enduring and complex in the modern world. But, why did the conflict break out? Who is demanding what, and why is peace so difficult to achieve? The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict tackles the subject and analyses the conflict from its historical roots in the late nineteenth century to the present attempts at conflict resolution in the twenty-first century. Framing the debate and analysis around issues such as Zionism, Palestinian nationalism, international peace efforts, the refugees, state-building, democracy and religious opposition and highlighted by first hand quotes and sources of the conflict from its major participants, Beverley Milton-Edwards explores the deep impact of the conflict on regional politics in the Middle East and why the enmity between Palestinians and Israelis has become a number one global issue drawing in the world’s most important global actors. An essential insight into the complexities of one of the world’s most enduring conflicts between Israelis and Palestinians, this textbook is designed to make a complex subject accessible to all. Key features include a chronology of events and annotated further reading at the end of each chapter. The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict is an ideal and authoritative introduction into aspects of politics in Israel, among the Palestinians – a vitally important issue for those studying the politics of the Middle East.

The Jews and Their Future

A Conversation on Judaism and Jewish Identities

Author: Esther Benbassa,Jean-Christophe Attias

Publisher: Zed Books

ISBN: 9781842773918

Category: Religion

Page: 210

View: 3747


Describes the future of Jewish culture and identity.

Arab-Israeli Conflict: The Essential Reference Guide

Author: Priscilla Roberts

Publisher: ABC-CLIO

ISBN: 1610690680

Category: History

Page: 377

View: 9727


Truly an essential reference for today's world, this detailed introduction to the origins, events, and impact of the adversarial relationship between Arabs and Israelis illuminates the complexities and the consequences of this long-lasting conflict. • Provides a comprehensive overview of one of the most complex conflicts in modern times, clarifying its causes and consequences • Inspires critical thinking through perspective essays on topics related to the conflict that generate wide-spread debate • Takes into account events such as the impact of the Arab Spring and the ongoing negotiations with Iran over its nuclear capabilities • Offers valuable insights into the backgrounds and philosophies of the leaders on both sides who have helped defined the Arab-Israeli conflict

Israeli-Palestinian Activism

Shifting Paradigms

Author: Alexander Koensler

Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Ltd.

ISBN: 1472439473

Category: Social Science

Page: 206

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When do words and actions empower? When do they betray? Based on ethnographic fieldwork, this volume tracks the repercussions of advocacy activism against house demolitions in 'unrecognised' Arab-Bedouin villages in Israel's southern 'internal frontier'. It highlights the repercussions of activism for victims, fund-raisers and activists. The ethnographic episodes show how humanitarian aid intervention and indigenous identity politics can turn into a double-edged sword. Ironically, institutional lobbying for coexistence and its interpretative categories can sometimes perpetuate different forms of subjugation. The volume also shows how, beyond the institutional lobbying, novel figures of activism emerge: informal networks create non-sectarian, cross-cutting countercultures and rethink human-environment relationships. These experimental political subjects redefine the categories of the conflict and elude the logic of zero-sum games; they point towards a shifting paradigm in current ethnopolitics. Koensler outlines an ethnographic approach for the study of social movements that follows multiple relations around mobilisations rather than studying activism in itself. This perspective thus becomes relevant for scholars and activists engaged with the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and those interested in global rights discourses.

The Middle East

Author: N.A

Publisher: Cq Press

ISBN: 9781933116136

Category: History

Page: 593

View: 999


Now more than ever, the Middle East is playing a vital role in global events, profoundly affecting the foreign policies and alliances of the United States as well as other countries around the world. This new edition of The Middle East incorporates this reality, providing background and context on the attacks of September 11, 2001, the recent wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, the push for democratization in the region, and the role of militant Islamic groups, among other topics. The Middle East devotes half of its coverage to key thematic topics and the other half to in-depth discussions of individual countries in the region. This celebrated volume now reflects the many changes and new emphases in the region that have occurred since the last edition was published.