(10) Present Absentees

Israel’s unique and creative contribution to Apartheid is the concept of Present Absentees, adopted in 1948 to prevent Palestinians who stayed from claiming back their lands and homes when they were internally displaced. There have been some studies on this Orwellian concept but it remains understudied and almost unheard of in the world. How did Israel get away with it, and could a legal case be made and brought against Israel to be prosecuted under a universal jurisdiction doctrine?

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