ISBN : 9780198784043
The Palestinian refugee question, resulting from the events surrounding the birth of the state of Israel seventy years ago, remains one of the largest and most protracted refugee crises of the post-WWII era. Numbering over six million in the Middle East alone, Palestinian refugees' status varies considerably according to the state or territory 'hosting' them, the UN agency assisting them and political circumstances surrounding the Israeli-Palestinian conflict these refugees are naturally associated with. Despite being foundational to both the experience of the Palestinian refugees and the resolution of their plight, international law is often side-lined in political discussions concerning their fate.
This compelling new book, building on the seminal contribution of the first edition (1998), offers a clear and comprehensive analysis of various areas of international law (including refugee law, human rights law, humanitarian law, the law relating to stateless persons, principles related to internally displaced persons, as well as notions of international criminal law), and probes their relevance to the provision of international protection for Palestinian refugees and their quest for durable solutions.
PART ONE: Historical and legal foundations
1 An historical overview of the Palestinian refugee question
2 Palestinian refugees: a distinctive normative and institutional regime
3 On the application of international law to Palestinian refugees
PART TWO: Seventy years of exile: Palestinian refugees around the world
4 The status of Palestinian refugees in the Middle East and North Africa: unpacking an unsettling solidarity
5 Palestinian 'diaspora' in Europe, the Americans, Asia-Pacific, and Africa
PART THREE: Protection and solutions
6 Focusing on specific rights
7 Protection of Palestinian refugees
8 The quest for solutions