Quarterly Updates for (16 May 2016 — 15 Aug 2016)

The Palestinian leadership embarked on a new effort this quarter to achieve justice in the international legal system. At an Arab League summit on 7/20, FM Riyad al-Maliki announced that the PA intended to file a lawsuit against Great Britain over the 11/1917 Balfour Declaration, which signaled Britain’s support for a Jewish “homeland” in Palestine and eventually led to the Nakba. Abbas later called (7/24) for Arab states to back the effort. By the end of the quarter, however, it was unclear what sort of damages the Palestinians were seeking, and there were no further updates.