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Palestine and the Palestinians in British Political Elite Discourse: From "The Palestine Problem" to "The Two-State Solution"

Hollis, R. (2016). Palestine and the Palestinians in British Political Elite Discourse: From "The Palestine Problem" to "The Two-State Solution". International Relations, 30(1), pp. 3-28. doi: 10.1177/0047117815625347

Abstract

This article examines how the Palestinians have been represented in British political elite discourse between 1915 and 2015 as an exploration into the role of such discourse in framing the identity and thence shaping the fate of a community or people seeking national independence. It also makes some observations about the significance of political violence or war in bringing about paradigm shifts in the discourse. The analysis reveals that the way the British depicted the Palestinian Arabs and their cause has changed over time, but at no point did the discourse identify independent statehood for the Palestinians as a central or stand-alone objective of policy.

Publication Type: Article
Additional Information: Copyright Sage 2015.
Publisher Keywords: discourse, Britain, political elites, Palestinians, statehood, self determination, Palestine Mandate, Palestinian statehood
Subjects: J Political Science > JZ International relations
Departments: School of Arts & Social Sciences > International Politics
URI: http://openaccess.city.ac.uk/id/eprint/13054
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