Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine

Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine

by Ilan Pappe, Ilan Pappe


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The 1948 Israeli War of Independence involved one of the largest forced migrations in modern history. Around a million people were expelled from their homes at gunpoint, civilians were massacred, and hundreds of Palestinian villages destroyed. Denied for almost six decades, had it happened today it could only have been called "ethnic cleansing".

In this groundbreaking book, renowned Israeli historian Ilan Pappe offers impressive archival evidence to demonstrate that, from its very inception, a central plank in Israel's founding ideology was the forcible removal of the indigenous population, a strategy that continues to the present day. Dr. Pappe's vivid and timely account sheds new light on the origins and development of the Palestine-Israel conflict, and is indispensable for anyone interested in the Middle East.

About the Author:
Ilan Pappe holds the Chair in History at the University of Exeter

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781851684670
Publisher: Oneworld Publications
Publication date: 10/25/2006
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 6.13(w) x 9.25(h) x 1.13(d)

About the Author

Ilan Pappe is professor of history at the Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies at the College of Social Sciences and International Studies and director of the European Centre for Palestine Studies at the University of Exeter. He is the author of over a dozen books, including The Biggest Prison on Earth.

Paul Boehmer is a seasoned actor who has appeared on Broadway, film, and television, including The Thomas Crown Affair and All My Children. Coinciding with another of his passions, sci-fi, Paul has been cast in various roles in many episodes of Star Trek.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations, Maps and Tables     viii
Acknowledgements     ix
Preface     xi
An 'Alleged' Ethnic Cleansing?     1
Definitions of Ethnic Cleansing     1
Ethnic Cleansing as a Crime     5
Reconstructing an Ethnic Cleansing     7
The Drive for an Exclusively Jewish State     10
Zionism's Ideological Motivation     10
Military Preparations     15
The Village Files     17
Facing the British: 1945-1947     22
David Ben-Gurion: The Architect     23
Partition and Destruction: UN Resolution 181 and its Impact     29
Palestine's Population     29
The UN's Partition Plan     31
The Arab and Palestinian Positions     33
The Jewish Reaction     35
The Consultancy Begins its Work     37
Finalising A Master Plan     39
The Methodology of Cleansing     39
The Changing Mood in the Consultancy: From Retaliation to Intimidation     52
December 1947: Early Actions     55
January 1948: Farewell to Retaliation     60
The Long Seminar: 31 December-2 January     61
February 1948: Shock and Awe     72
March: Putting the Finishing Touches to the Blueprint     80
The Blueprint for Ethnic Cleansing: Plan Dalet     86
Operation Nachshon: The First Plan Dalet Operation     87
The Urbicide of Palestine     91
The Cleansing Continues     103
Succumbing to a Superior Power     114
Arab Reactions     115
Towards the 'Real War'     123
The Phony War and the Real War over Palestine: May 1948     127
Days of Tihur     131
The Massacre at Tantura     133
The Brigades 'Trail of Blood     138
Campaigns of Revenge     141
The Escalation of the Cleansing Operations: June-September 1948     146
The First Truce     148
Operation Palm Tree     154
In Between Truces     156
The Truce that Wasn't     173
Completing the Job: October 1948-January 1949     179
Operation Hiram     180
Israel's Anti-Repatriation Policy     187
A Mini Empire in the Making     191
Final Cleansing of the South and the East     193
The Massacre in Dawaymeh     195
Occupation and its Ugly Faces     199
Inhuman Imprisonment      200
Abuses Under Occupation     204
Dividing the Spoils     211
Desecration of Holy Sites     216
Entrenching the Occupation     219
The Memoricide of the Nakba     225
The Reinvention of Palestine     225
Virtual Colonialism and the JNF     227
The JNF Resort Parks in Israel     229
Nakba Denial and the 'Peace Process'     235
First Attempts at Peace     237
The Exclusion of 1948 from the Peace Process     239
The Right of Return     241
Fortress Israel     248
The 'Demographic Problem'     249
Epilogue     257
Endnotes     262
Chronology     282
Maps and Tables     288
Bibliography     296
Index     301

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