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All That Remains: The Palestinian Villages Occupied and Depopulated by Israel in 1948 Paperback – April 13, 2006

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"A fundamental research tool for all historians interested in the history of Palestine. A monumental effort ... a major achievement." --Roger Owen, The Middle East Centre, St. Antony's College, Oxford University, 1992

"This scholarly and dispassionate documentaton of a tragedy ... is must reading...." --Ambassador Richard Parker, Middle East Institute, 1992

"This massive, meticulous, rigorous compendium is a milestone in the Palestinians' effort to recover their history." --Michael C. Hudson, Seif Ghobash Professor of Arab Studies, Georgetown University, 1992

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Walid Khalidi was born in Jerusalem and is a graduate of the Universities of London and Oxford. He is a distinguished historian and widely recognized authority on Palestine. Professor Khalidi is a Senior Research Fellow at Harvard's Center for Middles Eastern Studies, and the author of numerous books and articles in Arabic and English. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 636 pages
  • Publisher: Institute for Palestine Studies (April 13, 2006)
  • ISBN-10: 0887283063
  • ISBN-13: 978-0887283062
  • Product Dimensions: 10.7 x 8.5 x 1.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,248,105 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By A Customer on January 24, 2003
Format: Hardcover
Despite some of the negative reviews that were written by a few ignorant so-called historians, this book is actually extremely accurate. Whomever you may be, whatever you believe, or whatever side you are on, what happened happend and the facts are there and Mr. Khalidi has documented them well. Israel was formed on land that does not belong to it and this book showed what they did to accomplish that-destroy Palestinian villages. The content of this book and the history behind this conflict is best described by a movie made by Israelis and shown at the San Francisco Jewish film festival calle AL-NAKBA.
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There is a very good reason why this book received so many 1-star reviews [...]: because it exposes the truth that most Israelis and pro-Zionists wish to hide, forever.
This is history:
step 1: pre-1948 Zionist claim: "there are no people in Palestine"
step 2: 1948 Zionists deliberately expelled 800,000 Palestinians from their homeland
step 3: 1949-1952: Israel systematically destroyed every remnant of 418 Palestinian villages that were depopulated in 1948, in order to erase the evidence.
This monumental book finally presents the evidence, drawn from over 20 sources (including Zionist ones), organized district by district, village by village. It's the evidence Israeli leaders would have hoped been buried forever, so they would never have to face War Crimes Tribunals.
So now their strategy is to post bad reviews for this book here so as to prevent you, potential reader, from seeing that evidence for yourself. Don't close your eyes: see it for yourself, then THINK!
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With respect to all the other reviewers of this book. Yes: war is war and people should expect to get hurt. Yes: Both sides in the Israeli-Palestinian stand-off have suffered from acts of terrorism and it serves no purpose to compare wounds, the dead are dead, we don't need any more. However, this book is a very important research tool for one reason. Unlike the terrorist acts that have been committed by both sides in this pathetic tragedy. This book lists actions that were carried out by the Israeli GOVERNMENT, and which they do not deny. War is war, we expect to hear about violence and inhumanity. This is systematic, the book chronicles a policy that began during a war and is still occurring today despite the Oslo accord and numerous agreements entered into by the Israeli GOVERNMENT. Terrorism and broken treaties are to be expected from people who have been raised with an agenda of hate; wether they be the perrennially armed settlers or the fanatical terrorist groups. What should NOT be considered normal is when these acts are committed by a government, acknowledged and excused. Again I repeat, the Israeli government does NOT deny that these actions were taken. In addition, no one can deny the since the Oslo accord- during "peace" time, Israeli settlements in PALESTINIAN areas have increased by over 50%. Don't believe me if u don't want to, the world is full of libraries, go out and do some research. Finally, with regards to the book, it is a good research tool, containing many statistics and accurate descriptions of places, however, that is all it contains. It is far more useful as an aid when reading accounts ar articles as it can help verify information. however, it is not a history of the missing Palestinian villages and should not be read as such.
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This is a book that tells the truth about a subject many would rather cover up. It is a voice of truth against a decades long propoganda campaign which wishes to pretend that Palestinians didn't have homes or villages within what is now Israel. Khalidi catalogs hundreds of villages which are now gone. Gone as a result of Israel's extensive efforts after 1948 to erase every trace, with explosives and excavators, of the villages. Even with the extensive catalog of information presented, there are those who are in denial. They start with dishonest works that claim what is now Israel was empty when they arrived. Since it was empty, the villages destroyed were simply empty ruins. Lies build on lies.

The first british count of the population of Palestine after they took over showed around 80,000 jews and around 700,000 who were not Jews. Khalidi shows the reality of those 700,000 people and their lives. And how the evidence of that reality was erased.

Many will be angry that Israeli pseudo-scholars and pseudo-scholarship which has definitively "proved" that what is now Israel was empty before Jewish settlers arrived is not accepted as fact. But they have little to be angry about considering that their scholarship has no crediblity outside of Israel and the US Christian Right. The grim reality as shown by Walid Khalidi in this book is impossible to dismiss because the truth of it is right there on the page. No matter how many books they can find to say that what is now Israel was empty of people, every census and what physical evidence is left proves them wrong.

Khalidi will also by some be said to be ungreatful to the British and the Jewish settlers.
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