International Mechanisms for Protection and Durable Solutions for Palestinian Refugees
“Experiencing the Right of Return, Palestinian Refugees Visit Bosnia”
This 20 video documents a study visit of a delegation of Palestinian refugees to Bosnia-Herzegovina in June 2002. The delegation, comprised of refugees from Palestine/Israel, Lebanon, Jordan, Syria, and Europe traveled to Bosnia in order to understand: What was done and how? What didn’t work and why? What are the lessons for Palestinians and their struggle for the implementation of the right of return and real property restitution?
Producer (Copyright): BADIL Resource Center.
Technical Production: ISIS for Audio-Visual Production.
Director: Alexander Goekjian.
Forced Migration Review (FMR): FMR is the in-house journal of the Refugee Studies Centre, Queen Elizabeth House, University of Oxford. FMR is a 48-page magazine published three / four times a year in English, Spanish and Arabic and produced in collaboration with the Global IDP Project of the Norwegian Refugee Council. FMR serves the humanitarian community by providing a practice-oriented forum for debate on issues facing refugees and internally displaced people in order to improve policy and practice and to involve refugees and IDPs in programme design and implementation.
Current and back issues of the English language version are online at www.fmreview.org and in Arabic at www.hijra.org.uk.
Contact: Editors, Refugee Studies Centre, University of Oxford, Queen Elizabeth House, 21 St Giles, Oxford OX1 3LA, UK
Palestinian Land Rights in Israel
Hussein Abu Hussein and Fiona McKay
The struggle for land has been a key element of the conflict between Jews and Arabs in Palestine for the past hundred years. While international attention focuses on Israeli settlements in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, legally outside Israel's boundaries, there is another dimension to the land question altogether. Nearly one-fifth of Israel's population is Palestinian. This book examines how Israeli land policy today inhibits access to land for its own Arab citizens even within the 1948 boundaries of the state of Israel.
Its authors - one a Palestinian lawyer and Israeli citizen, the other a British international human rights lawyer who worked in Israel for many years - examine the system of land ownership, the acquisition and administration of public land, and the control of land use through planning and housing regulations. The book reveals that the law is used to discriminate against non-Jewish citizens and restrict Israeli Palestinians' access to land. The authors demonstrate that Israeli land policies breach international human rights standards and that these standards could be used as a basis to challenge discriminatory policies.
The book may be ordered from Zed Books, www.zedbooks.demon.co.uk
HbISBN 1 84277 122 1 £ 49.95 $75.00
PbISBN 1 84277 123 X £ 15.95 $25.00
Beer Sheba and Gaza Map 1948
Second Edition, February 2003
This map, produced by the Palestine Land Society, covers an area which has been largely unknown or misunderstood. It provides information 77 Bedouin clans in the Beer Sheba and Gaza area, including their location in 1948, their expulsion, their current place of refuge and their land claims. The map is based on travellers and military maps before WWI, British Mandate maps, papers of the Beer Sheba District Officer Aref al-Aref, information from Beer Sheba Societies in Gaza, Jordan and Israel, and personal interviews.
Scale 1:120,000. Size: 70 x 100 cm.
Resources from other Publishers
Returning Home: Housing and Property Restitution Rights of Refugees and Displaced Persons.
Scott Leckie (ed.). Forward by Theo van Boven
This volume is a unique effort to cover the topic of the restitution of housing and property in light of lessons learned in the Balkans, South Africa, East Timor, and in a range of other countries that have made the shift from conflict to peace. Individual chapters by authors with direct experience dealing with housing and properyt restitution in particular contexts will bring into focus the legal and human rights aspects of this question. Several chapters deal with unresolved restitution cases, all of which will require resolution sooner or later, including in Georgia, Turkey, and for specific groups including Palestinian refuges, indigenous peoples and the internally displaced themselves. Housing and property restitution is now viewed as an essential element of post-conflict reconstruction. It is a primary means of reversing ‘ethnic cleansing’ and vital to securing a war-torn nation’s future stability. All parties involved in human rights, refugee assistance, post-conflict reconstruction and reconciliation, and property rights will find this volume to be an indispensable resource.
National Perspectives on Housing Rights
Scott Leckie (ed.) Forward by Nelson Mandela
More than one billion people around the world do not have adequate housing. How far does human rights law help to remedy this problem? What measures must governments take to protect people against housing rights violations? What are the strengths and weaknesses of human rights law in the housing area? Is the current law enough, or are new laws necessary? These and many other questions are addressed in the various chapters contained in this book.
May 2003, 335 pages/hardcover. ISBN 90-411-2013-0. USD 125.00. To order contact, www.kluwerlaw.com
Records of Dispossession, Palestinian Refugee Property and the Arab-Israeli Conflict
Michael R. Fischbach
Afforded unprecedented access to the UN Conciliation Commission for Palestine’s untouched archives, Michael Fischbach has written a path-breaking study of one of the largest and most vexing refugee movements of the twentieth century. From late 1947 through 1948, more than 726,000 Palestinians – about one-half the entire population – left their homes and villages. While some middle class refugees fled with liquid capital, the majority consisted of small-scale farmers whose worldly fortunes were the land, livestock, and crops they had left behind. For the first time this book tells the full story of how much property was left behind, what it was worth and how it was used by the fledgling state of Israel. It then traces the subsequent decades of diplomatic activity on the issue.
December 2003, 520 pages, 99 figures. ISBN 0-231-12978-5. USD 39.50. Contact www.columbia.edu/cu/cup