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Quest for Peace: United Nations and Palestine

Faisal Odeh Matlag Al Rfouh (Author)
Synopsis The book is a pioneering work in the field of crisis management in international relations. It presents an indepth analysis of the role of the United Nations in resolving the knotty tangle of the Palestinian problem. It earnestly traces the circumstances leading to the emergence of the problem to the emergence of the problem of Palestine in its historical and geo-political contexts. The Author, who himself has been a witness to the epoch shaking Development, has very objectively penned his scholarly analysis within the rigours of his academic discipline. It seems his academic discipline. It seems paradoxical that the United Nations, which came into being in the immediate aftermath of the Second World War to free the “succeeding generations from scourge of war “and help maintain international peace and security, had been instrumental in the partitioning of Palestine which led to the establishment of the Zionist state and the original inhabitants – the Arab Palestinians, were rendered homeless. This book deals with the role of the UN, its organs and the specialized agencies in resolving the problem of Palestine. It also chronicles the problems facing the Arab Palestinian refugees and the relief measures undertaken by the United Nations Relief and Works for Palestine in the Near East (UNRWA). The Author has very aptly presented a dispassionate analysis of Israeli invasions since 1948 till date on the Arab territories. He also provides a critical appraisal of the inability of the UN General Assembly and Security council in getting the Israeli aggression vacated from the Arab territories. The recognition (PLO) as the legitimate organization representing the aspirations of the Arab Palestinians and PLO’s induction into the UN in 1974 which provided a new impetus to the Palestinian struggle, have also been discussed in this book. The role of the UN in tackling the Palestine problem has been subject to severe criticism. The author contends that since the UN played key role in creating the Palaestinian problem hence it devolves on the UN to remedy its own blunder. But for Zionist and other vested interests, the entire World has in one voice expressed its solidarity with the Arab Palestinians. The book specifically deals in detail about the role played by the Arab countries in promoting and championing the cause of Arab Palestinians. It accounts the latest Israeli armed incursions into Lebanon and ongoing peace negotiations at the UN and other international for a. The Author’s first hand account of the developments exhaustive use of Arabic and English language sources blended with objective analysis have added to the academic credence of the book. It also provides the possible alternate proposals for resolving the four decade old problem.
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About the author

Faisal Odeh Matlag Al Rfouh

Dr. Faisal Odeh Matlag Al-Rfouh, (b. 1956) is an Arab scholar from Jordan. He graduated in Political Science from Baghdad University in 1979. He completed his Post-Graduation in International Politics in 1982. An alumnus of the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), he is a keen student of International Affairs. He was awarded M.Phil in 1983. He completed his Degree of Doctor of Philosophy in 1986.

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Title Quest for Peace: United Nations and Palestine
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.1986
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
length xx+197p., Map; Appendices; Bibliography; Index; 23cm