BOOK: From Coexistence to Conquest: International Law and the Origins of the Arab-Israeli Conflict 1891-1949 by Victor Kattan, Oct09 October 21, 2009


Author: Victor Kattan
544 pages
Pluto Press (20 Jun 2009)


The Israel-Palestine conflict often raises questions about international law, related to both Israel’s legitimacy and violent Palestinian resistance to occupation. This book is the first of its kind to study the international legal methods used to create Israel, shedding light on the conflict as it exists today. Tracing the conflict back to the Jewish Question in the nineteenth century, Kattan argues that the British Mandate of Palestine was primarily an experiment in demographic engineering and that international law was both flouted and manipulated in order to create a Jewish state in 1948. It was this disregard for international legality that caused much of the dispute and violence that exists today. The period of the British Mandate, 1922-1948, is analysed very closely, revealing the lobbying tactics that were dressed up as legal imperative and used to deny Palestinians rights to land and self-determination. This thought provoking and painstakingly researched book which utilizes the diaries of Theodor Herzl, declassified Foreign and Colonial Office documentation, as well as the scholarship of Israel s New Historians on the causes of the 1947-9 war, is a must for students of international law and anyone interested in understanding the origins of the long-running Arab-Israeli conflict. (Amazon)

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