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Palestinian Refugees: The Right of Return (Pluto Middle Eastern Studies,) Paperback – 20 Jul 2001

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  • Paperback: 312 pages
  • Publisher: Pluto Press; First Edition edition (20 July 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0745317766
  • ISBN-13: 978-0745317762
  • Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 1.8 x 21.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,457,072 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Palestinian refugees are among the Middle East's biggest losers: dispossessed, politically marginalised and shoddily treated, often by host countries. This valuable academic collection documents their misery. It blames Zionists for creating the refugees, the outside world for ignoring them and the PLO for betraying them....But most of these pieces say that what they really want is the right of return." -- The Economist"The future of the Palestinian refugees who fled or were driven from Israel in 1948 and their "right of return" has become one of the most controversial issues yet to be resolved in the Arab-Israel conflict. The 16 articles by Palestinians and their sympathizers are based on papers presented at a Boston University Law School conference in 1999 and are divided into four parts: the historical context, interests of the major actors, return or permanent exile, refugee claims, and the search for a just solution. The authors review the current refugee situation, its origins, refugee status in various Arab countries, and compensation for property left in Israel. Israeli, American, and European perceptions of and policies regarding the refugees are also examined. The authors maintain that the "right of return" is enshrined in international law and that the refugees and Palestinian leaders should not abandon this right. Several authors are highly critical of Palestinian negotiators who have accepted possible compromise of not more than a token repatriation of a few thousand refugees provided Israel accepts the principle of return. A discussion of the actual political, economic, and social implications of returning millions of Palestinians to Israel is lacking an would help to makethe case for "return" more convincing. General readers through faculty." --- D. Peretz, emeritus, SUNY at Binghamton in CHOICE


With renewed conflict in the Middle East, the prospect of a peaceful resolution looks more unlikely than ever. The Palestinian right of return to their homes has been upheld in international law and through United Nations' resolutions for 50 years. Equally the right of return has been denied by Israel and deferred to a "final status" issue in the Oslo Accords. It is on this right of return that the Palestinians are united. And it is this issue which is so frequently ignored by the international media. With contributions from a range of international experts, including Edward W. Said, Chomsky and Nur Masalha, this volume examines the Palestinians' right of return. Chapters cover the historical roots of the Palestinian refugee question; the rights of the refugees under international law; the special case of Lebanon; Israeli perceptions of the refugee question; the practical feasibility of the return; the role of the United States and the European Community and the refugee question; the value of the refugee property; the principles of compensation; and a programme for an Independent Rights Campaign.

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5.0 out of 5 starsClear, fair and balanced approach to Palestinian plight
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5.0 out of 5 starsThe Palestinian case
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