The just resolution of the Palestinian right of return is at the
very heart of the Middle East peace process. Nonetheless, the Obama
administration intends to impose a comprehensive peace settlement
upon the Palestinians that will force them to give up their
well-recognized right of return under United Nations General
Assembly Resolution 194(III)) of 1948; accept a Bantustan of
disjointed and surrounded chunks of territory on the West Bank in
Gaza; and even expressly recognize Israel as “the Jewish State,” as
newly demanded by Benjamin Netanyahu.
All this will fail for the reasons so powerfully stated in this
For the past three decades, Francis A. Boyle has provided the
leadership of the Palestinian people with advice, counsel, and
representation at all stages of the Middle East Peace Process.
Here, he elaborates what the Palestinians must now do to realize
their international legal right of return, in keeping with his
startling perception of
Israel as itself
nothing more than a Jewish Bantustan bound for failure.
While an enormous amount of scholarly literature has been generated
affirming the Palestinian right of return under international law,
none is as authentic, powerful, personal, or convincing as the
eloquent pleas of
Dr. Hanan Ashrawi and
Dr. Haidar Abdul Shaff,
This book goes to the heart of the solution.
BOYLE is a leading American expert in international law. He was
responsible for drafting the Biological Weapons Anti-Terrorism Act
of 1989, the American implementing legislation for the 1972
Biological Weapons Convention. He served on the Board of Directors
of Amnesty International (1988-1992), and represented
Bosnia-Herzegovina at the World Court. He served as legal adviser to
the Palestinian Delegation to the Middle East peace negotiations
from 1991 to 1993.
In 2007, he
delivered the Bertrand Russell Peace Lectures. Professor Boyle
teaches international law at the University of Illinois, Champaign
and is author of, inter alia, The Future of International Law and
American Foreign Policy, Foundations of World Order,
The Criminality of Nuclear Deterrence,
Palestinians and International Law,
Destroying World Order,
Biowarfare and Terrorism,
Tackling America's Toughest Problems, and
The Tamil Genocide by
He holds a Doctor
of Law Magna Cum Laude as well as a Ph.D. in Political Science, both
from Harvard University.