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Occupier's Law: Israel And The West Bank
Occupier's Law: Israel And The West Bank
By Raja Shehadeh
Institute for Palestine Studies, 1989, 259 pp

Shehadeh is a practicing Palestinian lawyer who has paid special attention to questions of human rights and to the legal situation in the West Bank, which is one of great complexity, what with still valid Ottoman, British and Jordanian laws and precedents, the relevant Geneva conventions, Israeli military orders and the special status of Israeli settlers. With dry precision and in great detail the author sets out the law and the facts, but his outlook and conclusions are broadly political: Israeli policies of injustice and repression made the Palestinian uprising inevitable and must be changed if the two peoples are to find the way to coexistence.