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Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine
     

Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine

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by Ilan Pappe
 

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Renowned Israeli historian, Ilan Pappe's groundbreaking book revisits the formation of the State of Israel. Between 1947 and 1949, over 400 Palestinian villages were deliberately destroyed, civilians were massacred and around a million men, women, and children were expelled from their homes at gunpoint.

Denied for almost six decades, had it happened today it

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Renowned Israeli historian, Ilan Pappe's groundbreaking book revisits the formation of the State of Israel. Between 1947 and 1949, over 400 Palestinian villages were deliberately destroyed, civilians were massacred and around a million men, women, and children were expelled from their homes at gunpoint.

Denied for almost six decades, had it happened today it could only have been called "ethnic cleansing". Decisively debunking the myth that the Palestinian population left of their own accord in the course of this war, 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. Indispensable for anyone interested in the current crisis in the Middle East.

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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 organized by David Ben-Gurion, whom Pappe labels the "architect of ethnic cleansing." The forced expulsion of 800,000 Palestinians between 1948 and 1949, Pappe argues, was part of a long-standing Zionist plan to manufacture an ethnically pure Jewish state. Framing his argument with accepted international and U.N. 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 insights 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. (Jan.)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781851685554
Publisher:
Oneworld Publications
Publication date:
09/25/2007
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
320
Sales rank:
282,604
Product dimensions:
5.13(w) x 7.75(h) x (d)

Meet the Author

Ilan Pappe holds the Chair in Hisotry at the University of Exeter and is Academic Director of the Research Insitute for Peace at Givat Haviva and Chair of the Emil Touma Institute for Palestinian Studies, Haifa. He is also author of the bestselling A History of Modern Palestine (Cambridge), The Modern Middle East (Routledge), and The Israel/Palestine Question (Routledge).

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Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
KeikoHP More than 1 year ago
In this book, Ilan Pappe shows that the Zionist takeover of Palestine was the same as ethnic cleansing. The truth of this should be obvious to fair-minded and well-informed people, but it's taken until now for this book to be written. Pappe provides detailed information on each community that was cleansed, which can make the book seem a little slow, at least for someone who doesn't know most of the communities to which he's referring. However, on the whole this is a fascinating, long overdue work of historical scholarship.
PatCarmeli More than 1 year ago
With meticulous research Ilan Pappe explores the creation of the Zionist State; and in so doing, he exposes the tragic consequences for the Palestinian people forced out of their homeland in 1948 and prevented from ever rfeturning. I lived in Israel for 12 years and had bought into the myths about how the Palestinians left their villages in fear, against the protestations of the newcomer Jewish people who implored them to stay. The realities (backed by documentation) which the writer details are shocking and disturbing (including massacres, rapes, home demolition, and violent forced evacuations) and provide much needed insight into the insidiousness of those early events as well as the ongoing Israeli occupation and humiliation of the indigenous people. An important book for anyone interested in the pursuit for peace in the region. The case for the Palestinians, who have so often been demonized, is given a fair hearing. The reading of this book by Ilan Pappe has increased my understanding on the issues tremendously.
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