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Palestinian Leadership on the West Bank: The Changing Role of the Mayors under Jordan and Israel

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ISBN-13: 978-0714632346
ISBN-10: 0714632341
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 217 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge (December 31, 1988)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0714632341
  • ISBN-13: 978-0714632346
  • Product Dimensions: 8.7 x 5.7 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,709,986 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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When it was published in 1980 in Hebrew, and again in '84 in English, "Palestinian Leadership..." was essentially a status report. Now, 30 years later, the book proves to be a valuable historical recording though it might prove to be disruptive to the mythology surrounding the Nationalist movement. The authors are Moshe Maoz (who worked as an advisor for Ezer Weizman when he was had administrative responsibilities over the West Bank and Gaza) along with Mordecai Nisan who provided the basic draft of Chapters 2-5.

The book expertly traces evolution of municipal representation in the West Bank over the last century under Ottoman, British, Jordanian and Israeli rule and the growing influence Palestinian Nationalism. Essentially they were collections of village elders or appointed notables representing local family clans (hamulas). Formal elections and the filling of empty seats were on occasion replaced using informal discussions and appointments made based on agreed upon fairness to individual clans. Under the 1955 Municipalities Law, Jordan maintained central control subject regional governors appointed by the Ministry of the Interior who could pass local bylaws, and remove or appoint local mayors and council members as deemed fit. (Ch 2). Eligible voters were a small proportion of the population, invariably male and middle class. Noting the lack of discretionary power, residents often bypassed council in their petitions dealing with local problems and appealed to those with connection to Amman.

From 1967 on Israel and Jordan maintained a form of joint administrative control over the WB, with Jordan and Arab States providing funding for municipal council salaries and a portion of municipal projects.
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