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PALESTINE, PALESTINIANS AND
INTERNATIONAL LAW
by Francis A. Boyle
ISBN: 9780932863379  $14.95  205 pp.  2003










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    REVIEWS

    Provides easy-to-read legal analysis of some issues involved in the
    Palestinian quest for freedom and serves as a valuable historical (and
    legal) record for those analyzing Palestinian decision-making in the late
    1980s and early 1990s."Journal of Palestine Studies

    "This book is a must reading for all those interested in the legal
    background of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict." —Ghada Talhami, Arab
    Studies Quarterly.

    "Boyle’s penetrating analyses of Israeli and American roles in the crisis
    that has destabilized the Middle East for over fifty years are as cogent as
    his criticisms are fearless and his warnings prescient." —Washington
    Report on Middle East Affairs

    "This book provides important background to how the International Court
    of Justice reached its conclusions, and some interesting hints about the
    likely consequences."  —Middle East International

    "This book provides a comprehensive legal analysis for the Palestinian
    right to an independent state." —Mediterranean Journal of Human
    Rights

    "Absolutely crucial to the broader understanding of why the Palestinian-
    Israeli conflict is where it is today"—Sam Bahour, Ramallah Online Book
    Review

    SYNOPSIS

    No regional crisis has greater potential to affect world peace than the
    Israeli/Palestinian conflict. None has proved more intractable, and
    seemingly impossible to resolve. Yet, at the end of the day, most
    commentators agree that the only solution to the conflict lies in the
    creation of a viable Palestinian state under the guidance and norms of
    international law: only international law can provide an autonomous legal
    system capable of rendering objective judgment on the claims of the
    competing parties.

    This book provides a comprehensive survey of the international legal
    principles related to the Palestinian struggle for self-determination:
    starting with the League of Nations awarding the Mandate for Palestine to
    Britain after the First World War; through the partition of the Palestine
    Mandate by the United Nations after the Second World War; to the
    Palestinian Declaration of an Independent State of their own in 1988; to
    the diplomatic recognition of the Palestinian State by about 130 other
    states; through the United Nations granting the State of Palestine all the
    rights of a U.N. Member State but the right to vote, etc.  

    During the past two decades, the author has provided the Leadership of
    the Palestinian People with advice, counsel, and representation at all
    stages of this process.  The scholarly analyses that he used to back up
    this critical work can be found in the pages of this book.  Another chapter
    analyzes the hypocrisy and double-standards behind the Bush Jr.
    administration's bogus "war on international terrorism," with special
    reference to U.S. foreign policy towards the Middle East and the Muslim
    World after 11 September 2001.  

    The concluding chapter provides advice and guidance to the international
    grassroots Campaign for Israeli Divestment/Disinvestment, which were
    all inspired by the author's involvement in the original Divestment/
    Disinvestment Campaign against the former criminal apartheid regime in
    South Africa.  Today the Republic of South Africa stands as a beacon of
    hope for oppressed peoples and states all over the world. The same can
    be true for Palestine and Israel.  

    This book explains why and how that can be done.  


    AUTHOR

    Over the past two decades, no non-Palestinian has had as much direct
    and personal experience in the struggle for Palestinian self-determination,
    human rights, and an independent state of their own as Francis A. Boyle.
    Starting in 1987, he served as Legal Advisor to the Palestine Liberation
    Organization on the Palestinian Declaration of Independence of 15
    November 1988 as well as on the ensuing Palestinian Peace Initiative. He
    then served as Legal Advisor to the Palestinian Delegation to the Middle
    East Peace Negotiations from 1991 to 1993. There, at the instructions of
    the Head of the Delegation, Dr. Haidar Abdul Shaffi, the author drafted the
    Palestinian Alternative to what later became the now defunct Oslo
    Agreement. This book provides an insider glimpse into the decades-long
    efforts of one of America’s foremost human rights advocates.

    Francis A. Boyle is a leading American professor, practitioner and
    advocate of international law.  He was responsible for drafting the
    Biological Weapons Anti-Terrorism Act of 1989, the American
    implementing legislation for the 1972 Biological Weapons Convention.  
    He served on the Board of Directors of Amnesty International (1988-1992),
    and represented Bosnia-Herzegovina at the World Court. Professor Boyle
    teaches international law at the University of Illinois, Champaign and is
    author of, inter alia, The Criminality of Nuclear Deterrence, Defending Civil
    Resistance Under International Law, The Future of International Law and
    American Foreign Policy, Foundations of World Order: The Legalist
    Approach to International Relations 1898-1921, and The Bosnian People
    Charge Genocide.

    He holds a Doctor of Law Magna Cum Laude as well as a Ph.D. in
    Political Science from Harvard University.

    From January 8-12 Francis A.  Boyle served as the 18th Bertrand
    Russell Peace Lecturer at McMaster University in Canada. Previous
    Russell Lecturers have been E.P. Thompson, Elena Bonner, Edward
    Said, Ramsey Clark, Nobel Peace Prize Winner Joseph Rotblat, Johan
    Galtung, and Noam Chomsky.

    See http://www.humanities.mcmaster.ca/~peace/francis.html
USING INTERNATIONAL LAW
TO CLARIFY AND RESOLVE
THE ISRAELI/PALESTINIAN
CONFLICT

    TABLE OF CONTENTS

    INTRODUCTION: Standing in Solidarity with
    the Palestinian People

    The Big Lie
    Chicago  
    Harvard
    Entebbe Lecture
    The Middle East and the American Society
    of International Law
    Israel’s 1982 Invasion of Lebanon
    Two Bogus Wars on Terrorism
    Yaron and Sharon Redux
    Speaking for the Palestinians at the UN  
    Sparring with Jordan
    The First Intifada
    Creating the Palestinian State
    The Palestinian Declaration of
    Independence
    Diplomatic Recognition
    The Effort to Accede to the Geneva
    Conventions and Protocols
    The Isolation of the Palestinians
    Middle East Peace Negotiations?
    The Palestinian Alternative to Oslo
    The Status of Jerusalem
    Divestment/Disinvestment
    Prologue

    CHAPTER 1. Creating The State of Palestine
    Introduction

    CREATE THE STATE OF PALESTINE!
    The League of Nations Mandates for
    Palestine and South West Africa
    The History of Namibia at the United Nations
    How to Create the State of Palestine
    U.N. General Assembly Sanctions Against
    Israel  
    Palestine Versus Namibia
    Palestine:  One Nation, Two States
    PALESTINIAN DECLARATION OF
    INDEPENDENCE
    Statehood Declaration is Part of PLO’s
    Carefully Researched Plan (interview by M.
    Kay Siblani)

    CHAPTER 2.The International Legal Right of
    the Palestinian People to  Self-
    Determination and an Independent State of
    Their Own

    The Intifadah
    The Elements of Palestinian Statehood
    Who Controls Palestine?
    Palestinian Steps Toward Peace
    Self-defense Is Not Terrorism!
    The Framework for Negotiating a
    Comprehensive Middle East Peace
    Settlement
    A Solution for Jerusalem
    Human Impediments to Peace
    Soviet Immigration to Palestine Violates
    International Law
    Conclusion

    CHAPTER 3. The Palestinian Alternative to
    Oslo : A Memorandum of Law

    CHAPTER 4. The Future Peace of
    Jerusalem
    CHAPTER 5. From the Oslo Accords to the
    Al Aqsa Intifada

    Introduction
    Palestinian Good Faith
    Labor vs. Likud?
    Israel’s Bantustan Proposal
    The Palestinian Anti-Bantustan Proposal
    Secret Negotiations in Norway
    Why Did President Arafat Accept What Was
    Offered in Oslo?
    Post-Oslo Agreements
    Camp David II



    The Israeli Origins of the Al Aqsa Intifada
    Security Council Resolution 1322
    Israel’s Belligerent Occupation of Palestine  
    The International Laws of Belligerent Occupation
    The UN Human Rights Commission Specifies
    Israeli Actions As War Crimes and Crimes
    Against Humanity  
    Israel’s War Crimes against Palestinians
    Israel’s Crimes Against Humanity against
    Palestinians  
    The Precursor to Genocide  
    U.S. Complicity
    Oslo is Dead

    CHAPTER 6. Preserving the Rule of Law in the
    War Against International Terrorism
    State Terrorism
    THE GENEVA DECLARATION ON TERRORISM
        Preamble
    1. State Terrorism
    2. National Liberation Movements
    3. Non-international Armed Conflicts
    4. The Role of the International Media
    5.  Conclusion
    Defining Terrorism  
    The Israeli Origins of the Reagan/Bush Sr.
    Administration’s War Against International
    Terrorism
    Terrorism as a Response to the Israeli Invasion
    of Lebanon
    The Reagan/Bush Sr. Administration’s War
    Against International Law  
    The Perversity Behind the Shultz Doctrine  
    The Sofaer Corollary  
    International Law on the Threat and Use of Force
    The Illegality of Intervention, Protection and Self-
    Help  
    International Legal Means for Responding to the
    Threat and Use of Force  
    The Bush Jr. Administration  
    Bush Jr. Embraces Weapons of Mass
    Extermination  
    Bush Jr.’s First-Use Nuclear Terrorism  
    The Rogue Elephant

    CHAPTER 7:  WHAT IS TO BE DONE

    1.  UN Suspension of the State of Israel
    2.  International Law as the Basis for Peace
    3.  Dump the Dishonest Broker
    4.  Sanctions
    5.  International Criminal Tribunal for Palestine
    6.  World Court Lawsuit for Genocide
    7.  Divestment/Disinvestment Campaign
    How To Support the Israeli
    Divestment/Disinvestment Campaign
    Applying the 1973 Apartheid Convention to
    Dismantle Israel’s Genocidal Apartheid Regime
    The Rome Statute for the International Criminal
    Court
    Precedents from Dismantling the Former
    Criminal Apartheid Regime in South Africa
    Conclusion

    POSTSCRIPT
    APPENDIX I:  Bibliography of
    Genocidal/Apartheid Acts Inflicted by Israel
    against the Palestinians during the Al Aqsa
    Intifada

    APPENDIX II:  BIBLIOGRAPHY ON THE MIDDLE
    EAST AND INTERNATIONAL LAW

    Index
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