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The Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine Paperback – September 1, 2007
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'Ilan Pappe is Israel's bravest, most principled, most incisive historian.', John Pilger - director of The War on Democracy and author of Freedom Next Time
'Superb account of how, and why, Palestinians were driven out of their homes.', Socialist Review
'Pappe’s book is an essential read for anyone trying to understand the politics and history of the Middle East.', Frontline Magazine (an Independent Marxist review from Scotland)
'Leading Israeli historian Ilan Pappe delves into his country's bloodied past in search of answers in the present.', Morning Star
'Pappe is one of the brave few voices to stand up and be counted in the oppressive atmosphere of Israeli society. Pappe's book is a searing account of the horrific brutality perpetrated during the birth of the state of Israel.', Morning Star
'Pappe is well positioned to lob a grenade such as this one into the twin worlds of Middle Eastern studies and politics. Pappe's book should shock and shame the academic world', Arab Banker
'Pappe's ethical clarity and humane vision permeate The Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine... Given the meticulous research and compelling moral imperative embodied in The Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine, Zionism itself may be in trouble.', Race and Class
About the Author
- Item Weight : 14.1 ounces
- Paperback : 336 pages
- ISBN-10 : 9781851685554
- ISBN-13 : 978-1851685554
- Dimensions : 5.1 x 1.1 x 7.8 inches
- ASIN : 1851685553
- Publisher : Oneworld Publications; Second edition (September 1, 2007)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #142,155 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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In 1948 the Israeli State had the upper-hand against Arab countries who were barely nations themselves. The Arabs possessed neither the weapons nor armies to defend the Palestinian refugees - let alone quash the birth of Israel. Yet that is not the propaganda story so carefully airbrushed into place by the victor’s historians and Hollywood. It has been all too easy to demonise the Palestinians. Half of all Palestinian villages had already been cleansed in 1948 BEFORE the Arab nations attempted to defend them. The vast majority of Palestinians expected peace at the partition and had never thought there was a need to defend their villages. They thought life would go on as before within a new state. The Israelis had other ideas, rejecting the UN Partition lines, and drawing up plans to invade the country. Of course, this was the continuation of an ongoing conflict... however most Muslim, Christian and Jewish communities lived peacefully side-by-side. Peace could have been built in a multi-ethnic state. But it was not to be.
If this book is lacking it is in the fact that Pappe does not reach into the minds of these perpetrators. Despite the numerous references to Ben Gurion’s diaries we never really get under the skin of the Zionist mind-set. How did they imagine they could build a peace on the bones of the innocent? They invoked the memory of the destruction of the Jews to justify the destruction of Muslims. Indeed, the Israelis had not expected the UN mediator Count Folke Bernadotte to defend the Palestinians in 1948 as he defended Jews in 1943. They failed to see they were NOW on the wrong side of history. Today Israelis exist behind fortress walls which Pappe compares to medieval Crusaders inside a fortified Jerusalem: “The Zionist project has always been to construct and defend a ‘white’ (Western) fortress in a ‘black’ (Arab) world.” This was colonialism in the mould of the British Empire just at a time when it was falling out of fashion. Pappe writes that what happened in 1948 raises “troubling questions about the moral legitimacy of the Zionist project” as the realities of the Nakba “would trigger moral and existential repercussions for the Israeli Jewish psyche: Israeli Jews would have to recognise that they have become the mirror image of their own worst nightmare”. This is a vital story that must be understood if there is ever to be peace. A must-read book.
Recommended reading if you have any interest in the conflict or on recent Middle Eastern history, but be warned, this does cause some upset
It's hard to believe that these deeds were committed under the watchful eye or the world's ruling elite who in their wisdom decided to let them proceed unhindered. It's all very sad.