26 Denv. J. Int'l L. & Pol'y 27 (1997-1998)
Stalled Between Seasons: The International Legal Status of Palestine during the Interim Period

handle is hein.journals/denilp26 and id is 39 raw text is: Stalled Between Seasons: The International
Legal Status of Palestine During the Interim
Period
OMAR M. DAJANI*
What god shall resurrect us
in his flesh?
After all, the iron cage is shrinking.
The hangman will not wait
though we wail from birth
in the name of these happy ruins.
What narrow yesterdays,
what stale and shriveled years..
Even storms come begging
when the sky matches the gray
of the sand,
leaving us stalled between seasons
barricaded by what we see.t
Palestine first appeared on the United Nations' agenda as a ques-
tion.1 To a great extent, it remains one. The Palestinian people have
sought for much of this century to achieve national independence,
striving for international recognition of their right to determine freely
their political status in the territory they claim as their own. In the
1960s, the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) emerged as the in-
ternational representative of the Palestinian people and, since then, has
played a central role in defining and pursuing their national aspira-
tions. In 1993, the PLO and the government of Israel agreed to a Dec-
Law clerk to Judge Dorothy W. Nelson, United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth
Circuit. J.D., Yale Law School, February 1997; B.A. Northwestern University, 1991. The
author would like to thank Professor Michael Reisman for his thoughtful comments on
earlier drafts of this paper. The author also appreciates the support of the Schell Center
for International Human Rights and the Coca-Cola World Fund, which funded my pre-
liminary research at the United Nations Centre for Human Rights. Finally, I gratefully
acknowledge the limitless patience and support of M.T. and Ninon Dajani.
t Ali Ahmed Said (Adonis), Elegy for the Time at Hand, in THE BLOOD OF ADONIS:
SELECTED POEMS (Samuel Hazo trans.,1971).
1. One of the United Nations General Assembly's first items of business was to cre-
ate a Special Committee to examine the question of Palestine. See G.A. Res. 104 (S-1),
U.N. Doc. A/310, at 6-7 (1947). For a thoughtful analysis of the origins and implications of
the phrase, see EDWARD SAID, THE QUESTION OF PALESTINE 3-9 (1979).

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