Repatriation of the Displaced Arabs of Palestine and the Meaning of Security Council Resolution 242

12 Pages Posted: 3 Oct 2007

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John Bernard Quigley

Ohio State University (OSU) - Michael E. Moritz College of Law

Date Written: September 2007

Abstract

In its major prescriptive document for resolving the Middle East conflict, its Resolution 242 of 1967, the United Nation's Security Council calls for a just settlement of the refugee problem. Although the PLO and Israel agreed in 1993 to negotiate a settlement between them on the basis of Resolution 242, the PLO argues that the quoted phrase in Resolution 242 requires Israel to repatriate the Arabs displaced in 1948 from Palestine/Israel. Israel, to the contrary, argues that the phrase contemplates a variety of possible solutions for these refugees, in particular their resettlement in the states where they took refuge. This article examines the context in which the phrase was adopted and concludes that the Security Council understood it to require repatriation.

Keywords: Palestinian, General Assembly

JEL Classification: K33, K40, K49

Suggested Citation

Quigley, John Bernard, Repatriation of the Displaced Arabs of Palestine and the Meaning of Security Council Resolution 242 (September 2007). Ohio State Public Law Working Paper No. 103, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1017828 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1017828

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