The Politics of Denial

The Politics of Denial : Israel and the Palestinian Refugee Problem

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The 1948 war ended in the expulsion of hundreds of thousands of Palestinians from their homes. Israeli settlers moved in to occupy their land and the Palestinian refugees found themselves expelled. Today there are nearly four million Palestinian refugees - and they want the right to go home.Since 1948 Israeli refugee policy has become a classic case of denial: the denial that Zionist 'transfer committees' had operated between 1937 and 1948; denial of any wrong doing or any historical injustice; denial of the 'right of return'; denial of restitution of property and compensation; and indeed denial of any moral responsibility or culpability for the creation of the refugee problem.This book analyses Israeli policies towards the Palestinian refugees as they evolved from the 1948 catastrophe (or nakba) to the present. It is the first volume to look in detail at Israeli law and policy surrounding the refugee question. Drawing on extensive primary sources and previously classified archive material, Masalha discusses the 1948 exodus; Israeli resettlement schemes since 1948; Israeli approaches to compensation and restitution of property; Israeli refugee policies towards the internally displaced ('present absentees'); and Israeli refugee policies during the Madrid and Oslo more

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  • Paperback | 304 pages
  • 134.62 x 213.36 x 17.78mm | 362.87g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0745321208
  • 9780745321202
  • 1,772,981

About Nur Masalha

Nur Masalha is the author of A Land Without a People and Expulsion of the Palestinians: The Concept of 'Transfer' in Zionist Political Thought, 1882-1948 .show more

Table of contents

Acknowledgements Introduction 1. The Palestinian Nakba: Zionism, `Transfer' and the 1948 Exodus 2. Israel's `New Historians' and the Nakba: A Critique of Zionist Discourse 3. `If You Can't Solve it, Dissolve it': Israeli Resettlement Schemes Since 1948 4. Israeli Approaches to Restitution of Property and Compensation (1948-1956) 5. The `Present Absentees' and their Legal Struggle: Evolving Israeli Policies Towards the Internally Displaced (1948-2003) 6. The 1967 Refugee Exodus 7. Israeli Refugee Policies During Negotiations: From Madrid to Taba (October 1991-January 2001) Epilogue Bibliography Indexshow more

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'Provides the detailed evidence and arguments explaining why the grassroots, and their supporters, are firmly saying no' -- The Daily Starshow more

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