A Compassionate Peace: A Future for the Middle East: A by Everett Mendelsohn

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From those who entered the camps in the wake of the 1948 war, a whole generation has been born and raised and has had children of its own within the confines of the camps. 2 PALESTINIANS IN ARAB LANDS No single description would fit the experiences of Palestinian com­ munities in different parts of the Arab world. They form different proportions of the populations in their host lands, ranging from 60 percent in Jordan to below 1 percent in Iraq, so that the importance of their political and social roles varies.

He also holds the powers formerly held by the bar association to allow lawyers to train and law schools to be recognized. s 28 I A COMPASSIONATE PEACE One of the most important changes effected by Israel in the West Bank legal system was an alteration of the judiciary, including aboli­ tion of the highest court, the Court of Cassation. This court had had responsibility for overseeing proper functioning of the judicial system and for being the arbiter in novel issues of law. It also operated as a special board t o hear requests from government departments for inter­ pretation of the law and its ramifications.

The meeting had several purposes. Inter-Arab rivalries and the use which different states made of separate Palestinian groups for their own ends were troubling. The Arab states recognized the new organizational role that Palestinians would play in the resistance to Israel. The PLO was then formed as an organizational umbrella for Palestinian liberation. There is little doubt, however, that Egyptian President Nasser maintained the com­ manding influence. After the Arab defeat in the 1967 war and the concomitant destruc­ tion of the legitimacy of almost all the existing Arab leadership, the Palestinians realized the limits to their reliance on support by the Arab states.

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