Vol. 9 No. 2 , 2002
Right of Return
Any settlement of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict must provide a solution to the Palestinian refugee problem, one of the core issues of the conflict. The Palestinian refugees who were subjected to massacres (Deir Yassin, Tantora, al-Khatib...etc.), massive expulsion, and physical and psychological intimidation left their homes hoping to return as soon as the canons had stopped. No civilian is required to stay in the battlefield, especially when there is a real threat to his safety. The Palestinian refugees' Right of Return or compensation is guaranteed in UN General Assembly resolution 194.
On the other hand, the Israelis argue that Israel was established as a Jewish state to provide an answer to the Jewish need for a national homeland. They insist on preserving the Jewish majority of their state, and fear that a massive return of Palestinian refugees may endanger that majority. The injustice done to the Palestinian people by uprooting them from their homeland, and turning them i
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Table of Contents
  1. Two Peoples ... Two States ( )

    By Ziad AbuZayyad Vol. 9 No. 2 2002
  2. Focus
  3. The Palestinian Refugee Problem and the Final Status Negotiations: A Review of Positions ( )
    A summary of Palestinian-Israeli disagreements on the refugee issue and potential compromises in search of its resolution
    By Nazmi Ju’beh Vol. 9 No. 2 2002
  4. The Refugee Problem at the Peace Conferences, 1949-2000 ( )
    How the refugee problem has derailed negotiations for the last half-century
    By Shelly Fried Vol. 9 No. 2 2002
  5. Palestinian Refugees and the Right of Return in International Law ( )
    The Right of Return in the context of international law
    By Badil Vol. 9 No. 2 2002
  6. The Exiled: Refugees in their Homeland Refugees in their Homeland ( )
    The internal refugees received Israeli citizenship but not their full rights
    By Wakim Wakim Vol. 9 No. 2 2002
  7. Jewish Israelis on the “Right of Return” ( )
    Surveying current attitudes to the issue in Jewish Israeli society
    By Dan Zakay and Yechiel Klar Vol. 9 No. 2 2002
  8. The Internal Refugees in the State of Israel: Israeli Citizens, Palestinian Refugees ( )
    Uprooted from their homes, the internal refugees became 'present absentees'
    By Hillel Cohen Vol. 9 No. 2 2002
  9. The Refugee Problem at Taba ( )
    Interview with Yossi Beilin and Nabil Sha’ath, the main Palestinian and Israeli negotiators at the Taba conference of January 2001, about the Palestinian refugee problem.
    By Akiva Eldar Vol. 9 No. 2 2002
  10. Roundtable
  11. Seeking a Just Solution for the Palestinian Refugees ( )
    A PIJ roundtable with Shulamith Aloni, Munther Dajani, Raphael Yisraeli and Nasser Atta. Danny Rubinstein and Zahra Khalidi moderated
    Vol. 9 No. 2 2002
  12. Viewpoint
  13. There Can Be No “Return” ( )
    A massive return of Palestinian refugees would conflict with the Jewish right to self-determination
    By Hillel Shuval Vol. 9 No. 2 2002
  14. Citizenship and Return ( )
    A solution based on two states cooperating, without segregation and enmity
    By Walid Salem Vol. 9 No. 2 2002
  15. Postzionism: A Critique of Israel's Zionist Discourse ( )
    The controversies surrounding postzionism represent a conflict of national memory and identity
    By Laurence J. Silberstein Vol. 9 No. 2 2002
  16. Images: Events In the Eye of the Camera ( )

    Vol. 9 No. 2 2002
  17. Documents
  18. Statement of Principles ( )
    First printed in Ha’aretz, July 23, 2002
    By Ziad AbuZayyad Vol. 9 No. 2 2002
  19. Urgent Appeal to Palestinians to Stop the Suicide Bombings ( )

    Vol. 9 No. 2 2002
  20. Chronology of Events
  21. January 1, 2002 to April 1, 2002 ( )
    Edited by Najat Hirbawi
    Vol. 9 No. 2 2002
  22. Culture, Literature and the Arts
  23. Autocartography: The Case of Palestine, Michigan ( )

    By Anton Shammas Vol. 9 No. 2 2002
  24. Economics
  25. Reparations and Rehabilitation of Palestinian Refugees ( )
    Analyzing the costs of implementing a form of return
    By Ruth Klinov Vol. 9 No. 2 2002
  26. Closure and the Palestinian Economy ( )
    The disastrous economic results of closure and seige
    By Mohammad Shtayyeh Vol. 9 No. 2 2002
  27. Book Review
  28. A Vast Collective Feeling of Injustice ( )
    Palestinian Refugees: The Right of Return, edited by Naseer Aruri. London: Pluto Press, 2001, pp. 294.
    By Zahra Khalidi Vol. 9 No. 2 2002