Since 1967, the Middle East conflict has been a key obstacle to peaceful and prosperous development of the entire region. Israeli occupation of the Palestinian Territories is the root cause of a wide range of violations against human rights and humanitarian law. Although the international community has produced a number of peace plans to settle the conflict, none of the plans supported by the international community and the Middle East Quartet of the United Nations, the United States, Russia, and the European Union, tackle the problems of deteriorating human rights on the ground. In a joint effort a group of internationally renewed experts of international law, conflict resolution, history, human rights, and humanitarian law from Israel, Palestine, Europe, and the United States have evaluated the preconditions of reintroducing human rights into the international political discourse on the Middle East conflict in this indispensable book.
Stefan August LA1/4tgenau is the founding director of Foster Europe aEURO"a Foundation for Strong European Regions. He is a historian, active in the fields of international civil society networking, development cooperation, and human rights. His main areas of academic research include Holocaust era assets, forced and slave labor, as well as European diplomatic history.