The Palestinian Right Of Return Under International Law

Francis A. Boyle


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 book.

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, included here.

This book goes to the heart of the solution.

ISBN: 0932863-93-0  / 978-0-932863-93-5 $14.95 / 123 pp. / 2011


FRANCIS A. 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, <> Palestine, Palestinians and <> International <> Law<>, Destroying World <> Order<>, Biowarfare and Terrorism<>, Tackling America’s Toughest Problems<!%0d%0a%20/t?r=782&c=904928&l=13954&ctl=1499DE0:7CABA588D06FEAD0302E227D4EED437A3B113531E5EC2DAA&>, and The Tamil Genocide by Sri Lanka<>.

He holds a Doctor of Law Magna Cum Laude as well as a Ph.D. in Political Science, both from Harvard University.

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