26 of 30 people found the following review helpful
on July 27, 2012
Again, Pappe has been brave to criticize Israel. Prominent Jewish authers, like Pappe, Norman Finkelstein, and Noam Chomsky have been courageous to speak out against the atrocious treatment of Palestinians. The book focuses on arab citizens within Israel(a minority of Palestinians, but accurately analyzes their discrimination in housing, civil rights, and education.
It is important to remember the millions of Palestinians living in the West Bank and Gaza, as well as refugees in neighboring countries. A system of ethnic cleansing and apartheid causes them to suffer injustices.
Remember that Pappe himself is Jewish, and one must not be silenced by critics equating any criticism of Israel as "anti-semitic." It's not "anti-semitic" to criticize Israel. It's only humane.
52 of 66 people found the following review helpful
on July 3, 2011
All negative reviews of this book seem to be represented by people who are not interested in the truth and are only interested in personaly attacking and discrediting the author, without ANY basis to their claims,in order to prevent the truth about Israel'e apartheid regime from being unveiled let alone debated.
I recomend this book and his other one called "The Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine". Munther Fahmi, a Jerusalem Bookseller who reads what he sells.
55 of 72 people found the following review helpful
on June 15, 2011
Ilan Pappe has once again proven that he is one of the best historians on the Palestinian plight which has been disregarded and distorted by the embedded Western media and their mendacious mob. I highly recommend this insightful book along with his other wonderful work, "The Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine." Your reward will be knowing that you are on the right side of history.
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on March 4, 2013
Hard to read, but necessary reading for Jew, Gentile, Arab. We all live in this world. Such a sad commentary on how we can't get along,
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on March 27, 2013
Most people could not see that Palestine contain the state of Israel. Here is a full account of the Geopolitical History. Well collated and narrated. Good condition and timely delivered.
6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on February 23, 2012
This book includes interesting information, but Pappe who is for the first time publishing with Yale University Press needed the kind of editor he had with Pluto Press. The book is organized chronologically which may not have been the best framework. That said, the book is also informative and up to date.
0 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on July 25, 2013
Forgotten Palestinians Are Jews
Ilan Pappe (an advocate for the native speakers of the Arabic tongue) presented his new book Forgotten Palestinians in Sydney on some early spring day in September 2012. The radio waves of the Boston College made their way through the heat wave at 8 am on July 21, 2013 and delivered his speech studded with such terms as the «settler colonial state», «not full citizens», «twenty percent of Palestine», etc.
He also dwelled a lot on «democracy», on the Nazareth demography and on the placing--jokingly--the sons of Israel on Malta or in Italy instead of the outskirts of the snowy mountain of Hermon...
He stated that not a single Arab village was built after 1948 while the Jewish settlements were constructed in hundreds.
Hm! Is it really so?
How about the Arabic speaking village of Aqbara near Safed? It was founded in the Galilee Mountains of Israel after 1948 and, recently, it was adorned by the golden dome of its new mosque. There are other Arabic speaking communities which were enlarged (see the band of Arab towns to the north of the new Jewish city of Karmiel.) They are situated in my neck of Palestinian stone fields but one can notice the new Arab localities in other parts of the country like Judea, Gaza and Gilead. However, one must realize that the density of human population in the Jewish territories in Palestine on average is three times higher than in the Arab controlled areas of Palestine.
Our crafty author laments that the Arab villages cannot expand overlooking the fact that this very density of population is so high in Galilee, Judea and Samaria--not a single stone has been unturned in the last 60 years.
Close to 7 million try to eke the living on the 15,000 square kilometers in Galilee, Judea, Samaria and the Mediterranean coast.
(As for the destroyed villages and towns inhabited by Arabs and Jews it did happen as a result of the 20th century civil war in Palestine and the delayed reconciliation between Jews and Arabs «aided» by the gung ho soldiers from Syria and Egypt invading Palestine. The author should be aware of this but he pretends not to know.)
We also must pay attention that Mr. Pappe's Palestine is an exclusively Arabic speaking cluster of communities. No Palestinian Jews exist for our hack writer. They are denied their lineage to Canaan, Jerusalem and Palestine.
How come a Jew with a German last name--his father did not Hebraize his last name and it is telling--has deprived his Ashkenazi brethren of their homeland in Palestine?
Out of spite of the national liberation movement of Zionism, he, probably, decided to become a servant of the Dubai-like sheiks--they pay well and--Ilan figured out--his security as a left-wing intellectual is guaranteed by benevolent Americans, North Europeans and Israelis.
Mr. Pappe subscribes to the lemma that the modern Israel is not a democracy and the ensuing theorem that a democratic Israel won't be a Jewish state.
Since «democracy» is the Anglo-Germanic way of community organizing, Mr. Pappe wins some points for himself with many Anglo-Saxons, Franks and Scandinavians.
He also supports the British ruse to subdivide their Mandate in Palestine and to bring foreigners from Hijaz to its eastern part which they called Moab according to the Jewish Bible. To please his Normann masters, Ilan Pappe stresses that the Palestinian Arabs in the West Bank are asking just for the 20% of Palestine. He prefers to confuse his admirers and critics who know well that the West Bank is not a 20% of Palestine but just a mere 8% which its Arabic-speaking citizens want to reunite with the Eastern Palestine while keeping--for a while-- the Jewish groupings in the 15% of the entire British Mandate which historically encompasses the 120,000 square kilometers of deserts, hills, mountains and fertile plains...
Five million Palestinian Jews are still trying to appease and pacify the cutting edges of the eleven million Arabic speaking populace who want to be a title nation in all Pappe's Palestines including Israel.
Face To Face With My Face
Thin lips, unclean shave, hanage (hair in nostrils), drooping wrinkles, deep set eyes, contorted eyebrows, a weak chin, even a wart...
(All of it is mounted on a ghetto-contorted and stunted body.)
It is not pretty. If I see such a face I would rather avoid such a person.
Well, this is my countenance; it stares at me from the dusty mirror. My face is a mirror of my soul.
I force some smile on my face.
In Hebrew, the word "face" looks like a plural word--"paneem"--but it is used like a singular word, think the word "news" in English.
We're wearing many faces, we're displaying many expressions, we use masks...Perhaps, and the word "face" was formed from the Hebrew "pan." It means "to doubt, to hesitate." I rise and go outside, into the Palestinian sunshine.
summer retreat / arrives a new group / "Honoring Silence"
The slope of Upper Galilee where Crusaders and--later-- Mamelukes threw their small refuse is strewn now with the mighty Anglo debris. Local Jews joke that mountains here grow by trash dumped on the hillsides along the carved terraces.
I collect bags and bags of glass and plastic bottles there and bring them to the recycling crate which is towering above the magnificent landscape of the bluish mountain ridges beneath the precipice.
first anemones: / their fallen out pistils / read in Chinese
8 of 63 people found the following review helpful
on February 1, 2012
The only 'Palestinians' to have existed in modern times were citizens of the 1922 League of Nations' 'Mandate for Palestine', the Jewish Homeland. The term 'Palestinian' was used to describe those living in the Jewish Homeland between 1922-1948. As such, Jews were also defined as 'Palestinians'. When Israel became a state in 1948 (changing its name from Palestine to Israel. The name Palestine was given to the territory in 135 AD by Emperor Hadrian as an insult to the Jews, who had just revolted against Roman rule for a second time. Palestine is the Romanized version of the name Philistine, the land of Israel's ancient enemies), the term 'Palestinian' became defunct, but was then co-opted by Arab governments and used to fool ignorant observers that the 'Palestinians' had lost their land to the Jews. And here's the proof of the Arab governments' lie: Unless those who take the anti-Israeli side in this discussion can produce what should be the easy to find documents from the early 1920s where the 'Palestinian People' are demanding their state and being denied their demands by the League of Nations, then you have just proved to yourselves that the 'distinct Palestinian People' canard is just that-a canard.
In fact, in February 1919 the First Congress of Muslim-Christian Associations (in Jerusalem), which met for the purpose of selecting a Palestinian Arab representative for the Paris Peace Conference, adopted the following resolution: "We consider Palestine as part of Arab Syria, as it has never been separated from it at any time. We are connected with it by national, religious, linguistic, natural, economic and geographical bonds." However, within days of the San Remo Conference confirming a new Jewish State in the Levant (April 26, 1920), Arabs changed tactics and began talking of a 'Palestinian Arab people', but this talk soon fizzled out. But not for long.
In 1960 the USSR and China (along with all other Communist nations) signed onto the `Long-Range [Deception] Policy', a strategy to confuse/disinform Western analysts on the true dangers of International Communism. The Arab nations decided to follow the Communists' example and initiated a strategy of stealth whereby instead of the Middle East crisis being seen as a conflict between the underdog Israel facing a menacing Arab world (which wasn't doing the `Arab cause' any good), the new strategy created the `Palestinian entity'. So in 1964, at the first Arab League summit meeting in Cairo, the PLO was created by the Arab governments to advance the new strategy. Now Israel would be the bully on the block, stifling the aspirations of the newly minted `Palestinian People'. But how to make this new strategy come to life? With a little help from the USSR, that's how.
In the mid 1960s Russia and the Arabs coordinated a plan whereby Russia `misleads' Egypt that Israel is massing troops on the border with Syria. Egypt responds by entering the demilitarized Sinai Peninsula and massing its troops close to its border with Israel. Israel takes the bait and launches a preemptive attack against Egypt. Jordan then attacks Israel. In the end Israel wins back the West Bank and Gaza and all the baggage those conquests came with. The Arab-USSR plan, known to history as the Six-Day War, worked. The Arab nations could now step back into the shadows and allow the `Palestinians' do their work in delegitimizing Israel in world opinion.
The major reason for the Arab governments' shift in strategy towards Israel in the early 1960s was the new military balance of power between them and Israel. Between the declaration of the Jewish state of Israel in 1948 and the early 1960s, a critical event occurred within Israel that gave Arab governments pause in their quest to destroy Israel: Israel had acquired the nuclear bomb. Hence the urgency for the change in the Arab governments' strategy towards Israel. Israel couldn't nuke a PLO cell now, could it.
After Israel acquired the West Bank and Gaza in 1967, to the world Israel pretended that the 'Palestinian People' canard was true (though in Israeli schools children are taught the truth that no such distinct Palestinian people ever existed in the Ottoman Empire), since if they didn't that would make those Arab populations of the West Bank and Gaza Israeli citizens.
Israel must cease allowing Arab strategy to dictate her Middle East foreign policy; Israel will not succeed in playing the Arab governments' game. Israel's military actions in recent years have been disastrous for her image. Whether it is assassinations, lobbing missiles into apartment buildings or piracy on the high seas, Israel behaves like a cornered animal, lashing out unthinkingly at her PLO/Hamas/Hezbollah adversaries. Such behavior is doing Israel more harm than Arab governments could ever hope to achieve by their own overt devises, which was exactly the raison d'etre for the Arab-USSR strategy that handed to Israel the West Bank and Gaza in 1967.
As a first step in regaining the moral high ground, Israel needs to change the Middle East discourse in her favor by admitting what the main goal of her Arab neighbors is, as admitted to by high-ranking PLO officers during moments of candor:
"Since we cannot defeat Israel in war, we do this in stages. We take any and every territory that we can of Palestine, and establish a sovereignty there, and we use it as a springboard to take more. When the time comes, we can get the Arab nations to join us for the final blow against Israel." -- Yasser Arafat, 1993.
"The Palestinian people does not exist. The creation of a Palestinian state is only a means for continuing our struggle against the state of Israel for our Arab unity. In reality today there is no difference between Jordanians, Palestinians, Syrians and Lebanese. Only for political and tactical reasons do we speak today about the existence of a Palestinian people, since Arab national interests demand that we posit the existence of a distinct "Palestinian people" to oppose Zionism.
For tactical reasons, Jordan, which is a sovereign state with defined borders, cannot raise claims to Haifa and Jaffa, while as a Palestinian, I can undoubtedly demand Haifa, Jaffa, Beer-Sheva and Jerusalem. However, the moment we reclaim our right to all of Palestine, we will not wait even a minute to unite Palestine and Jordan." -- Palestine Liberation Organization executive committee member Zahir Muhsein, as reported in the Dutch newspaper Trouw (March 31, 1977).
The world will always be swayed by the underdog in a conflict; it is human nature. In the current Middle East narrative the misidentified `Palestinians' are the David to Israel's Goliath. As a corrective to reclaiming the underdog designation in this conflict, Israel must first make clear that there are no such persons as `Palestinians', as admitted to by the PLO and known to those who know their history of the Levant pre-World War I; and secondly, expose the Arab-USSR strategy that made Israel a pariah in world opinion.
17 of 106 people found the following review helpful
on June 12, 2011
Ilan Pappe is, as always, trying to make a living by attacking his home country from far away - UK in his sad case. He adds nothing new to his old and beaten narrative except some more of the same self hate speech that makes Arabs happy and Christian antisemites ecstatic.
In such cases, it is very difficult to be specific since the entire book is full of unsupported affirmations and totally biased claims - typical of the author's inexistent research.
If anyone is interested in the reality of Arabs living in Cisjordan, a.k.a. "Palestinians", it is enough to read any newspaper or magazine that is not published in the Muslim world. Otherwise, one can read the distorted views of Ilan Pappe and imagine what goes on in his poor tortured soul that has little if anything to do with the reality on the ground.
In synthesis, one should save one's money or, better still, spend it on a worthy, fair and balanced book about the Israelis - Arabs conflict.