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Defeating Hatred with Truth: An Argument in Support of a Truth Commission as Part of the Solution to the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

Weiner, Matthew A.
June 4, 2015

Source: (2005) Connecticut Law Review

Yet the notion of transitional justice has been all but absent in settlement
discussions designed to end one of the most heated, violent, and deadly
conflicts directly affecting Western society: the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
Although attempted settlements, including those at Oslo, Camp David, and Taba,
have tried to address the concerns of both sides regarding tangible objects such
as land, not one of the numerous international discussions labeled the “Peace
Process” has ever seriously considered measures designed to address, let alone
rectify, the flagrant violations of human rights that have occurred in the
region over the past half century. This Note will argue that using the
transitional justice model-in the form of a truth commission specifically-must
be an aspect of any final political settlement between the Israelis and
Palestinians in order to ensure a stable peace in the region. The underlying
premise of my argument, therefore, is that a political settlement implementing a
“two state solution” will, at some point, be realized. n6 Further, this Note
will argue that a truth commission is not only workable in the context of the
Israeli-Palestinian dispute, but is also the optimal method by which to address
human rights violations and as such should be included as part of any peace or political settlement. (excerpt)


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