Repatriation of the Displaced Arabs of Palestine and the Meaning of Security Council Resolution 242
12 Pages Posted: 3 Oct 2007
Date Written: September 2007
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
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