The U.N. Partition Plan for Palestine of 1947 (Law, History, and Politics)

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For this meeting, we'll discuss:

1) The U.N. Partition Plan for Palestine (c. 1947).

2) The creation of the State of Israel.

To that end, we'll discuss and analyze each of its three distinct components: Law, History and Politics.

I. Law
The U.N. Resolution 181 (III)

II. History
- A very brief historical overview of the region in the late 19th and early 20th Centuries.
- The displacement and exodus of 700,000 Palestinian Arabs from their homes.

III. Politics
How Zionism and Palestinian Nationalism developed into a modern political force -- and thereby creating tensions that formed obstacles for a peaceful resolution.


Ralph S. will give a short presentation and will moderate this discussion. There is a *bonus* topic added -- we'll spend the final 30 minutes of the meeting discussing the outcome of the recent Israeli election results.


More about LHP:

The LHP series explore the intersections of its namesake -- an in-depth study of a particular law, court decision, or a legal precedent that shaped the political forces and its historical ramifications.

In Season One, the LHP series covered subject matters that directly related to the U.S. We read and discussed landmark U.S. Supreme Court decisions, particular Constitutional Amendments, or an influential legislative body of work.

In Season Two, the advanced LHP series explored international and comparative law and treaties from a historic perspective. These included: Magna Carta, the Treaty of Versailles, "populist" revolutions, and the War Crimes Tribunal after WWII,

For Season Three, we'll focus on the development of the modern laws, treaties, and other international efforts in the post-WWII context. These may include the formation of the UN, the UNDHR to various UN Resolutions and Declarations of Independence of many nation-states.

LHP series (Season Three)

▨ The Formation of U.N. and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (April 2019):


LHP series (Season Two):

▨ Nuremberg and Tokyo War Crimes Tribunal (c. [masked]) (Oct. 2018):

▨ The French Revolution (July 2018) (

▨ The Russian Revolution (c. 1917) (June 2018):

▨ The "Beer Hall Putsch" (May 2018):

▨ The Treaty of Versailles (March 2018):

▨ Magna Carta (Jan. 2018):


LHP series (Season One):

▨ Loving v. Virginia and Obergefell v. Hodges (Dec. 2017):

▨ Brown v. Board of Ed. (Sept. 2017):

▨ The Chinese Exclusion Act and Korematsu v. U.S. (July 2017): ( )

▨ Plessy v. Ferguson, (April 2017):

▨ Federalist Papers Nos. 2, 68, and the Dred Scott Decision (Feb. 2017):