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Why Can't the Palestinians Recognize the Jewish state?

Ahmad Samih Khalidi
Journal of Palestine Studies
Vol. 40, No. 4 (Summer 2011), pp. 78-81
DOI: 10.1525/jps.2011.xl.4.78
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/10.1525/jps.2011.xl.4.78
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Why Can't the Palestinians Recognize the Jewish state?
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Abstract

Israel's relatively recent demand for recognition as a "Jewish state" or "homeland for the Jewish people" has important implications for the Palestinians (whether refugees, citizens of Israel, or residents of the occupied territories) with regard to their history, identity, rights, and future. This essay explores the moral and practical reasons why they cannot accede to this demand, or even accept Israel's self-definition as a matter of exclusive Israeli concern.

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