With contributions from a range of international experts, including Edward W. Said, Noam Chomsky, Ilan Pappe, Alain Gresh and Norman Finkelstein, this collection examines the Palestinians' right of return.
Chapters cover the historical roots of the Palestinian refugee question; the rights of the refugees under international law; the special case of Lebanon; Israeli perceptions of the refugee question; the practical feasibility of the return; the role of the United States and the European Union and the Refugee Question; the value of the refugee property; the principles of compensation; and a programme for an Independent Rights Campaign.
Dr. Naseer Aruri is Chancellor Professor (Emeritus) of Political Science at the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth. He is Chair of the Board of Directors of the Trans-Arab Research Institute (Boston), a member of the Executive committee of the Center for policy Analysis on Palestine (Washington, D.C.), and a member of the Board of Directors of the newly-established International Institute of Criminal Investigations (The Hague). He is a member of the Independent Palestinian Commission for the Protection of Citizens Rights (Ramallah) since its inception in January 1994, a Founding Member of the Arab Organization for Human Rights, Cairo and Geneva in 1982, and a member of the editorial board of Third World Quarterly (London). He was also a member of the Board of Directors of Human Rights Watch/Middle East, 1990-1992, and a three - term member of the Board of Directors of Amnesty International, USA, 1984-1990.
Preface Elaine C. Hagopian Introduction: The Right of Return at Last by Edward W. Said PART I: THE HISTORICAL CONTEXT 1. The Right to Expel:The Bible and Ethnic Cleansing by Michael Prior 2. The Historical Roots of the Palestinian Refugee Question by Nur Masalha PART II: THE INTERESTS OF THE MAJOR ACTORS 3. Israeli Perceptions of the Refugee Question by Ilan Pappe 4. The United States and the Refugee Question by Noam Chomsky 5. The European Union and the Refugee Question by Alain Gresh 6. The Palestine Liberation Organization: From the Right of Return to Bantustan by Jaber Suleiman PART III: RETURN OR PERMANENT EXILE 7. Return or Permanent Exile? by Joseph Massad 8. The Obligations of Host Countries to Refugees under International Law: The Case of Lebanon by Wadie Said 9. Meeting the Needs of Palestinian Refugees in Lebanon by Nahla Ghandour PART IV: REFUGEE CLAIMS AND THE SEARCH FOR A JUST SOLUTION 10. Reinterpreting Palestinian Refugee Rights underInternational Law by Susan Akram 11. The Right of Return: Sacred, Legal and Possible by Salman Abu-Sitta 12. Deconstructing the Link: Palestinian Refugees and Jewish Immigrants from Arab Countries by Jan Abu Shakrah 13. Valuing Palestinian Losses in Today's Dollars by Atif Kubursi 14. A Programme for an Independent Rights Campaign by Ingrid Jaradat Gassner 15. Towards Convening a Congress of Return and Self-Determination by Naseer Aruri 16. Lessons of Holocaust Compensation by Norman G. Finkelstein Index