The Statehood of Palestine: International Law in the Middle East Conflict

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Cambridge University Press, Sep 6, 2010 - Law
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Palestine as a territorial entity has experienced a curious history. Until World War I, Palestine was part of the sprawling Ottoman Empire. After the war, Palestine came under the administration of Great Britain by an arrangement with the League of Nations. In 1948 Israel established itself in part of Palestine's territory, and Egypt and Jordan assumed administration of the remainder. By 1967 Israel took control of the sectors administered by Egypt and Jordan and by 1988 Palestine reasserted itself as a state. Recent years saw the international community acknowledging Palestinian statehood as it promotes the goal of two independent states, Israel and Palestine, co-existing peacefully. This book draws on evidence from the 1924 League of Nations mandate to suggest that Palestine was constituted as a state at that time. Palestine remained a state after 1948, even as its territory underwent permutation, and this book provides a detailed account of how Palestine has been recognized until the present day.
  

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Contents

Why Palestine and Statehood?
3
A Land in Flux
10
A League of Nations
20
A State Detached
32
The Class A Mandates
42
Palestine in Operation
52
A State Awaiting Independence
66
PART TWO STATEHOOD IN TURMOIL
81
PART THREE PALESTINE IN THE WORLD COMMUNITY
131
An Organization for Palestine
133
A Government for Palestine
150
Palestine in the Peace Process
172
Palestine in the New Century
190
Palestine Meets Montevideo
205
Statehood under the Gun
219
When Is a State?
236

A PostMandate State
83
The State Comes Apart
101
Palestine in Three Pieces
115
Notes
253
Bibliography
309
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John Quigley is the President's Club Professor in Law at the Moritz College of Law at the Ohio State University. After earning his AB, LL.B. and MA degrees at Harvard University, he was a research associate at Harvard Law School. He has written extensively in international law, in particular on the Arab-Israeli conflict.

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