The Arab-Israeli conflict has become an example of total disregard for international law by all parties involved, including the United Nations, to the detriment of a regional and global lasting peace.
The conflict has contributed considerably to the erosion of the moral and legal authority of the United Nations, while the international community has failed to take prompt advantage of the East-West detente. Peoples with statehood — the Iraqis, Somalis, Yugoslavs — and even more those without — the Palestinians — paid a high price for the international lack of decisiveness.
Dynamics of Self-Determination in Palestine discusses the Palestinian conflict in the light of the protection of peoples under international law. Chapter One treats the fact that the Arab states and the Palestinians have overlooked the element of negotiation in the keeping of international order, Chapter Two discusses the International Bill of Rights, in which the UN included self-determination in order to protect peoples against oppression, while Chapter Three expounds on the fact that, in doing so, it shaped the framework for the settlement of conflicting territorial claims to Palestine. The final chapter sets forth the desired UN participation in the creation of Palestine.
Paul J.I.M. de Waart, Doctor of Law (1971), University of Amsterdam, is Professor of International Law at the Free University of Amsterdam. He has published on international settlement of disputes, legal aspects of a new international economic order, principles of good governance, the right to development and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
I hope that participants in the negotiations, even if they do not have time to read the entire book, will nevertheless consider the issues that it raises.' John Strawson,
Islamic Law and Society, 1995. '
This book is a significant contribution to the topic of Palestinian self-determination. In view of the mass of material on this subject, Paul de Waart's achievement lies in his offering the reader a distinctive and thought-provoking approach... For lawyers and scholars interested in the Middle East, this book provides stimulating insights into the impact of international legal mechanisms on the region.' John Strawson,
Islamic Law and Society, 1995.
All those interested in international law, the United Nations, international protection of peoples and the Arab-Israeli conflict, such as lawyers, political scientists, diplomats and officials of international organisations.