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This article is about rejectionism in general. For the term used in Islam, see Rafida. For the Palestinian political coalition, see Rejectionist Front. For the Iraqi insurgent group, see Rejectionists.

Rejectionism is an attitude or policy of rejection toward some fact or objective. The Arab or Palestinian opposition to the existence, recognition of, or negotiation with the state of Israel is often considered a form of rejectionism.[1][2] though this may be more specifically characterized as "Arab rejectionism" or "Palestinian rejectionism."

There are other situations in international law considered to be forms of rejectionism. For example, a situation inverted from the above, whereby the Israeli government is reluctant to accept or negotiate with the Palestinians is a form of rejectionism.[3] Another common instance of rejectionism is a school of thinking in regards to Articles 2.4 and Article 51 of the United Nations Charter, related to the use of force by states for the purpose of humanitarian intervention. Such rejectionists reject the UN Charter as a concrete guide for the states to abide by. Therefore, the United Nations Charter is ineffective in regulating state behavior.[4]

Rarely, rejectionism may appear in contexts unrelated to international law, such as in reference to the anti-vaccination movement.[5] In general, a policy stance being characterized as "rejectionist" is considered derogatory, as it often comes with the implication that its adherents are being unreasonable.


  1. ^ PA 'Rejectionism' May Boomerang
  2. ^ On Arab Rejectionism :: Daniel Pipes
  3. ^ Palestine Papers Confirm Israeli Rejectionism | Common Dreams
  4. ^ [1], Rogue States, Weapons of Mass Destruction, and Terrorism: Was a Security Council Approval Necessary for the Invasion of Iraq Note
  5. ^ Vaccine Rejectionism Spectrum Disorder