The Status of Palestinian Refugees in International Law

Hardcover | April 1, 1998

byLex Takkenberg

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The conflict over Palestine has produced one of the most tragic and compelling refugee crises of the post Second World War era. In the Palestinian-Israeli Declaration of Principles, signed at Washington, DC, in 1993, the fate of the 3.4 million Palestinian refugees was identified as one ofthe outstanding issues to be addressed in subsequent negotiations. This book explores the status of Palestinian refugees in international law focusing both on the position of Palestinians in the Arab world and in Western countries. It contains a thorough and useful analysis of various areas of international law, including refugee law, the law relating tostateless persons, humanitarian law, and human rights law, and probes their relevance to the provision of international protection for Palestinian refugees within the context of the Middle East peace process.

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The conflict over Palestine has produced one of the most tragic and compelling refugee crises of the post Second World War era. In the Palestinian-Israeli Declaration of Principles, signed at Washington, DC, in 1993, the fate of the 3.4 million Palestinian refugees was identified as one ofthe outstanding issues to be addressed in subs...

Dr Lex Takkenberg has worked with the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) since 1989 and currently occupies the post of Chief, Field Relief and Social Services Programme in the Gaza Strip. In this capacity he is responsible for UNRWA's direct relief programmes and developmental social...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:444 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 1.1 inPublished:April 1, 1998Publisher:Oxford University Press

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PrefaceTable of Treaties and other International InstrumentsTable of CasesIntroductionChapter I1.1. The story of Rula1.2. Palestinian refugees and international law1.3. Historical background1.4. The number of Palestinian refugees and their geographical distribution1.5. The United Nations and Palestinian refugees1.6. The Madrid peace process and its relevance for Palestinian refugees1.7. Scope of the studyPart One: Refugee LawChapter II: Palestinian Refugees2.1. General remarks on the notion of Palestinian refugee2.2. Palestinian refugees as distinguished from other refugees2.3. The UNRWA definition of a Palestinian refugee2.4. Defining Palestinian refugees in the context of peace negotiationsChapter III: The 1951 Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees3.1. Introductory remarks3.2. Article 1D3.3. Other aspects of article 1Chapter IV: The Status of Palestinian Refugees in the Arab World4.1. Introductory remarks4.2. The League of Arab States and Palestinian refugees4.3. Excursus: the legal status of Palestinian refugees in the various Arab statesPart Two: Other Areas of International LawChapter V: Law Relating to Stateless Persons5.1. Introductory Remarks5.2. Are Palestinian refugees stateless persons?5.3. Convention relating to the status of stateless persons5.4. Convention on the reduction of statelessness5.5. Concluding remarksChapter VI: Humanitarian Law6.1. Introductory Remarks6.2. Rules of humanitarian law concerning the protection of civilians6.3. The position of Palestinian refugees residing in the territories6.4. The relevance of the PLOIsraeli Declaration of Principles6.5. Some conclusionsChapter VII: Human Rights Law7.1. Introductory Remarks7.2. The right to return and compensation7.3. The right to self-determination7.4. Family reunification and the principle of unity of the family7.5. Concluding remarksPart Three: International Protection and the Search for a Durable SolutionChapter VIII: International Protection8.1. Introductory Remarks8.2. Protection of Palestinian refugees in the Middle East: the role of UNRWA and other United Nations organs8.3. Protection of Palestinian refugees residing out UNRWAs area of operations: the role of UNHCR8.4. ICRC and the protection of Palestinian refugees8.5. Other attempts at providing international protection8.6. Some conclusionsChapter IX: the Search for a Durable Solution9.1. Introduction9.2. Durable solutions to refugee problems9.3. Possible scenarios for the permanent status of the Palestinian territories occupied in 19679.4. The permanent status negotiations on the refugee issueChapter X: Summary and ConclusionsAnnex 1: Selected United Nations resolutions of concern to Palestinian refugeesAnnex 2 UNRWA instructions concerning registration and eligibility (excerpts)Annex 3: League of Arab States instruments concerning Palestinian refugeesBibliographyIndex

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a valuable addition to the many works on post-World War II refugees./ D. Peretz, Emeritus at SUNY at Binghamton, Choice, March 1999, Vol 36, no. 7