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Palestine: The Legitimacy of Hope
Palestine: The Legitimacy of Hope


 
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Richard Falk writes that he has sought to be a “truthful observer.” He has succeeded admirably, and gone well beyond.
- Noam Chomsky, political theorist, media critic, and linguistics scholar

The distinguished legal scholar Richard Falk recently completed his term as term as UN Special Rapporteur on occupied Palestine. Now, with Palestine: The Legitimacy of Hope, he powerfully illuminates the transformation of the Palestinians’ struggle over recent years into a struggle for legitimacy, similar to that pursued by all the anti-colonial movements of the twentieth century. This shift, he writes in the Introduction, “is… reinforced by disillusionment with both Palestinian armed resistance and conventional international diplomacy, most recently dramatized by the collapse of direct negotiations on April 29, 2014… Such disillusionment also coincides with the spreading awareness that the so-called ‘two-state consensus’ has reached a dead end.

This volume, like Richard Falk himself, is equal parts brilliance and compassion. What began as blog posts blends into a distillation of a lifetime of thinking about and working on Palestine and Israel. This book has no peer.
- Lisa Hajjar, Law and Society Program Chair, University of California—Santa Barbara

Falk builds the book’s narrative around a series of essays originally published on his personal blog between 2010 and early 2014. It provides both a nuanced portrait of the development of the Palestinian resistance movement(s) and an appropriately strong focus on the key role that international law and institutions and global solidarity movements have played in this struggle.

• Publication Date: 2014
• Hardcover: 237 pages
• Publisher: Just World Books
• Language: English
• ISBN: 978-935982-42-5


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