Frances Raday


This Article tries to wend its way through the trail of human debris, the visions and the shattered dreams on both sides of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, to a rational analysis of the applicability of international human rights norms, to the conflicting claims of two peoples to the same land. The right of both Jews and Palestinians to self-determination seems to be self-evident from the stories of the two peoples. Almost forty years after the Six Days War, the author turns to this issue in an attempt to analyze where this conflict now stands in terms of international human rights. This article will concentrate on structuring a basic analytical framework, incorporating both Israeli and Palestinian perspectives, and will try to show the symmetries and asymmetries between them. This involves discussion of the rights of two peoples to self-determination and the means by which such parallel rights can be implemented. It also involves discussing differences in the means of implementation of the right to self-determination for Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza, and minority rights for Palestinian-Israelis living in Israel within the 1948 Armistice Lines.