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The Future for Palestinian Refugees: Toward Equity and Peace

Michael Dumper
The Future for Palestinian Refugees: Toward Equity and Peace
ISBN: 978-1-58826-474-9
$57.00
2007/233 pages/LC: 2006032447
“This book brings a unique assessment of the Palestinian refugee issue into international perspective.... A welcome addition.”—Choice

"A successful riposte to the widespread view that the Palestinian refugee crisis is a unique case.... Dumper’s succinct overview of negotiations on the Palestinian refugee issue and the conditions facing Palestinian refugees ... will be useful for researchers unfamiliar with the perplexing intricacies of this case, while his astute analysis of political developments on the refugee issue will be of interest to scholars and practitioners closely engaged with the conflict.... If a solution is ever reached, it will be due in part to studies such as this, which strive to identify options amidst seeming intransigence, and think ahead about what knowledge will be needed to ensure that peace can endure."—Megan Bradley, Journal of Refugee Studies

"A unique little book that makes a significant and sorely needed contribution to both academic and political discussions of the Palestinian refugee problem in the context of Israeli-Palestinian peacemaking.... [An] excellent, balanced study."—Michael R. Fischbach, Journal of Palestine Studies

"This unique book makes a significant and sorely needed contribution to discussions of how to address the Palestinian refugee problem in the context of Israeli-Palestinian peacemaking.... Dumper draws fair-minded, thoughtful conclusions that can guide future negotiations."—Michael R. Fischbach, Randolph Macon College

"Valuable and thought provoking.... Mick Dumper starts from a basic premise: any resolution of the Palestinian refugee issue ought to be informed by 'best practice' in other conflict areas. From this he develops a sophisticated critique of past negotiations on the issue and offers rare insight into how things might be done differently."—Rex Brynen, McGill University

DESCRIPTION

From the dilapidated camps of Lebanon to the eye of the storm in Gaza, Palestinian refugees continue to be a focus of world attention. The Future for Palestinian Refugees addresses in depth this most difficult of the outstanding problems impeding peace in the Middle East.

Michael Dumper maps the contours of the issue, with special reference to wider international practice and its possible bearings on policy options for the Israeli-Palestinian case. Concentrating on topics central to the future of Palestinian refugees—ranging from international involvement in postconflict agreements, to compensation and resettlement, to justice and reconciliation—he offers an important and positive contribution to thinking on the Middle East peace process.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Michael Dumper is professor of Middle East politics at the University of Exeter. 

CONTENTS

  • Introduction.
  • Palestinian Refugees: An Overview.
  • Looking at International Practice.
  • Local Integration, Resettlement, and Repatriation.
  • The Role of UNRWA.
  • The Issue of Reparations.
  • Truth, Justice, and Reconciliation.
  • Conclusions.