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The Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine Hardcover – November 1, 2006
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From Publishers Weekly
Starred Review. In his latest work, renowned Israeli author and academic Pappe (A History of Modern Palestine) does not mince words, doing Jimmy Carter one better (or worse, depending on one's point of view) by accusing Israel of ethnic cleansing and crimes against humanity beginning in the 1948 war for independence, and continuing through the present. Focusing primarily on Plan D (Dalet, in Hebrew), conceived on March 10, 1948, Pappe demonstrates how ethnic cleansing was not a circumstance of war, but rather a deliberate goal of combat for early Israeli military units led by David Ben-Gurion, whom Pappe labels the "architect of ethnic cleansing." The forced expulsion of 800,000 Palestinians between 1948-49, Pappe argues, was part of a long-standing Zionist plan to manufacture an ethnically pure Jewish state. Framing his argument with accepted international and UN definitions of ethnic cleansing, Pappe follows with an excruciatingly detailed account of Israeli military involvement in the demolition and depopulation of hundreds of villages, and the expulsion of hundreds of thousands of Arab inhabitants. An accessible, learned resource, this volume provides important inroads into the historical antecedents of today's conflict, but its conclusions will not be easy for everyone to stomach: Pappe argues that the ethnic cleansing of Palestine continues today, and calls for the unconditional return of all Palestinian refugees and an end to the Israeli occupation. Without question, Pappe's account will provoke ire from many readers; importantly, it will spark discussion as well.
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"Shocking, telling and illuminating" -- Emel, July 2008
"Pappe's book is an essential read for anyone trying to understand the politics and history of the Middle East." --Frontline Magazine
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All corroborated by letters, diary and memories of individuals involved in this enterprise, all currently highly praised Israeli “founding fathers”, led by David Ben-Gurion.
I highly recommend for anyone who wants to understand the causes of the largest of the current Middle Eastern conflicts.
Of course, the author is an Israeli scholar, not a "Palestine with dubious credibility”.
Mr. Pappe, a distinguished professor and Israeli military veteran, begins by defining ethnic cleansing and giving the early history of Zionism. (It appears the Pappe is probably a "leftist" of some sort.)Then Mr. Pappe discusses the transfer of power from Britain, to the UN, and then to the Zionists. Mr. Pappe documents the struggles between the Jews and Arabs; he also points out that Jews, Muslims, Arabs (not all Arabs were Muslim), and Christians were living in peace in Palestine before Zionism came on the scene. Pappe documents that the early support from the Soviet Union that Israel received was critical to her establishment and carrying out of the murder and violent expulsion of approximately 800,000 Arabs from their homes (termed the Nakba). Pappe documents Jewish soldiers firing over the heads of unarmed Palestinian civilians in their own villages, Israel's purposeful shelling of fleeing Arab civilians in Haifa, the horrific mass execution of civilian Arab males at Tantura, the indiscriminate massacre of civilians by Jewish soldiers who simply machinegunned down a crowd of civilians-including women and children-at Deir Yassin, and the massacre of Dawaymeh-where Jewish soldiers attacked a village from three sides simultaneously and then went in and killed civilians who did not flee their homes. Accounts of the massacre at Dawaymeh included women raped, women burned alive in their own houses, civilian men stabbed to death, and babies whose skulls were cracked open by the Jews. This is just a partial list of the main atrocities committed by the Zionists.
My only significant complaint with this book is the following: Pappe seems to downplay the communist philosophy of many of Israel's founders.
I wish that my conservative Christian friends-who generally blindly support Israel-would read this book. It might make them re-examine their Bibles concerning the position of the Jews and end time prophecy. The New Testament does not support Zionism. Read Galatians chapter 3 if you still believe that the Jews have a right to Palestine as their homeland. America needs to immediately end ALL financial and military aid to Israel. If Israel will not give back the land it stole from the Palestinian people and free Gaza from concentration camp status, the USA should sever all diplomatic ties with Israel.
No, I am not a Muslim or an Arab. I am a white American whose ancestors have been in America since at 1860; some of my ancestors fought in the America Revolution. I am a Christian theologically- a fundamentalist Baptist who does not follow the stupid position of most Baptists concerning Israel. I hope that this review will be helpful to potential purchasers.
That what Pappe describes happened within three years of the defeat of Nazi Germany seems mind boggling in retrospect but that, curiously, was not the case at the time.