Whose home is it? Reflections on the Palestinians' interest in return

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This paper investigates whether Palestinians have an interest in return rather than a mere interest in settling within the territory of a state that provides them with civil rights and economic opportunities. The paper establishes the following three claims. First, Palestinians have some interests in return to the territory of Palestine-Israel. Second, many of these interests can be satisfied (at least to some extent) by establishing an independent Palestinian state in part of historical Palestine. Third, some of these interests are similar to the interests that may justify an analogous right of return for Jews to the same land. "When I went to the UN in 1974, the Zionists organized a demonstration with banners reading, 'Arafat go home.' I said, 'This is exactly what I want; this is what I came here for.'" "The Palestinians are amazing. All people of the world live in their respective places except for the Palestinians ... the place lives in them.".

Original languageEnglish
Article number5
Pages (from-to)333-366
Number of pages33
JournalTheoretical Inquiries in Law
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jul 2004


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