Israel and Palestine: Assault on the Law of Nations

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Israel and Palestine: Assault on the Law of Nations

By Julius Stone
Johns Hopkins, 1981
223 pp. $17.50

Professor Stone, an international jurist of well-established reputation, devotes most of this book to refuting the positions taken by the Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People, established by the U.N. General Assembly in 1977. His main argument, well founded, is that General Assembly resolutions do not have the force of international law. He covers much more ground than this, however, taking up a host of questions-on which legal arguments on both sides have been made to serve political ends-that have long been at issue between Israel and Arabs, especially those relating to the West Bank and Gaza. The book shows a fine legal mind at work, but it is a brief for the State of Israel, and not necessarily the only sustainable interpretation of the law.

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