This original and deeply provocative book was the first to make Palestine the subject of a serious debate--one that remains as critical as ever. With the rigorous scholarship he brought to his influential Orientalism and an exile's passion (he is Palestinian by birth), Edward W. Said traces the fatal collision between two peoples in the Middle East and its repercussions in the lives of both the occupier and the occupied--as well as in the conscience of the West. He has updated this landmark work to portray the changed status of Palestine and its people in light of such developments as the Israeli invasion of Lebanon, the intifada, the Gulf War, and the ongoing MIddle East peace initiative. For anyone interested in this region and its future, The Question of Palestine remains the most useful and authoritative account available. From the Trade Paperback edition.
Reprint of the classic study on the origins of the Balfour declaration. unlike other works on the subject, Friedman emphasizes the conditions promoting the Zionist cause, both within the British government and the Anglo-Jewish community.
Jewish Statehood and the History of the Middle East Conflict
Author: Tamar Amar-Dahl
Publisher: Walter de Gruyter GmbH & Co KG
After half a century of occupation and tremendous costs of the conflict, Israel is still struggling with the idea of a Palestinian state in what is often perceived as the Biblical Eretz Israel. Mapping Zionism, enemy images, peace and war policies, as well as democracy within the Jewish State, the present study offers original insights into Israel’s role in this conflict. By analyzing Israeli history, politics and security-oriented political culture as it has been evolving from 1948 on, this book reveals the ideological and political structures of a Zionist-oriented state and society. In doing so, it uncovers the abyss between the Zionist vision of Eretz Israel on the one hand and the aspiration to achieve normalization, peace and security on the other. In view of this conflict-laden bi-national reality, the Palestinian question is identified as the Achilles‘ heel of Jewish statehood in the Land of Israel. Thus, Zionist Israel and the Question of Palestine provides a fresh, innovative, critical and yet accessible perspective on one of the most controversial issues in contemporary history.
The struggle for Palestinian sovereignty has been a quest for inclusion in--and recognition from--a world order that left them behind. Sovereignty has become a trap for Palestinians and getting out is a matter of political vision and will. The law does not determine any particular outcome, it only promises the contest over one. While Jewish and Palestinian sovereignty are incommensurable, their belonging is not. The law is not just and justice is not rule-based.
United Nations. Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People
The Palestine problem became an international issue towards the end of the World War I with the disintegration of the Turkish Ottoman Empire. Palestine was among the several former Ottoman Arab territories which were placed under the administration of Great Britain under the Mandates System adopted by the League of Nations pursuant to the League's Covenant (Article 22) . All but one of these Mandated Territories became fully independent States, as anticipated. The exception was Palestine where, instead of being limited to "the rendering of administrative assistance and advice" the Mandate had as a primary objective the implementation of the "Balfour Declaration" issued by the British Government in 1917, expressing support for "the establishment in Palestine of a national home for the Jewish people." Since the 1990's, violence in the region spread again. The assassination of Prime-Minister Rabin and the tensions in the occupied territories did keep the question of Palestine on the international agenda. In this collection of documents, a complete overview of the United Nations efforts to establish a peaceful situation in the region is examined. In the first 16 volumes, annual developments from 1946-2000 are provided. From 2000 onward, separate volumes containing documents and background information will be published frequently. To complete the first 16 volumes, a separate Index and historical volume linking the documents in this first part of the collection will be published.