Paper $40.00 ISBN: 9780745323237 Published June 2010 For Sale in All Americas and the Caribbean except Canada
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Partitioning Palestine: Legal Fundamentalism in the Palestinian-Israeli Conflict

John Strawson

Partitioning Palestine: Legal Fundamentalism in the Palestinian-Israeli Conflict

John Strawson

Distributed for Pluto Press

264 pages | 5.31496 x 8.46457
Paper $40.00 ISBN: 9780745323237 Published June 2010 For Sale in All Americas and the Caribbean except Canada
Cloth $110.00 ISBN: 9780745323244 Published June 2010 For Sale in All Americas and the Caribbean except Canada

Law lies at the roots of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. Jews sought a national home by “Public Law” while Palestinians reject the project as illegal. Britain, the League of Nations and the United Nations all mobilised international law to justify their interventions. After the 1967 war, Israel organised an occupation with excessive legalism that most of the world viewed, in fact, as illegal.

Partitioning Palestine focuses on three key moments in the Palestinian-Israeli conflict: the League of Nations Mandate, the United Nations partition plan and the Oslo agreements. None of these documents are neutral but, rather, encode a variety of meanings. The book traces the way in which these legal narratives have both shaped national identity and sharpened the conflict.

In this pioneering text, John Strawson argues that a committed attachment to the belief in legal justice has hampered the search for a settlement. Law, far from offering conflict resolution, has reinforced the trenches from which Palestinians and Israelis confront one another.

Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction
1 Making Palestine: Mapping the Middle East
2 Mandate Palestine
3 The United Nations Partition Plan
4 Law for War
5 Partition by Force
6 From Mutual Denial to Mutual Recognition
7 Negotiating Palestine
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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