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Land of Blue HelmetsThe United Nations and the Arab World$
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Karim Makdisi and Vijay Prashad

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780520286931

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2017

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520286931.001.0001

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Palestine, the Third World, and the UN as Seen from a Special Commission

Palestine, the Third World, and the UN as Seen from a Special Commission

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(p.58) Two Palestine, the Third World, and the UN as Seen from a Special Commission
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Land of Blue Helmets
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Lori Allen

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University of California Press
DOI:10.1525/california/9780520286931.003.0003

This chapter examines the United Nations's engagement with Palestine through its Special Committee to Investigate Israeli Practices Affecting the Human Rights of the Population of the Occupied Territories (“Special Committee”) in a broader Third World context of “global war against the forces of imperialism and neo-imperialism.” It first discusses the history of Palestinian commitment to UN special commissions as a means to the just resolution of the conflict with Israel before turning to the symbolic aspects of UN politics. It then provides a background on the UN Special Committee, whose stated mission was to investigate human rights violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory. In particular, it considers the key challenges faced by the committee, such as the refusal of the government of Israel to cooperate with it. The chapter suggests that UN special commissions came and went in Palestine, but little progress was made in terms of an emancipatory politics.

Keywords:   imperialism, United Nations, Palestine, human rights violations, Third World, UN special commissions, Israel, UN politics, emancipatory politics, Occupied Palestinian Territory

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