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The Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine

The Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine

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By (author) Ilan Pappe

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  • Publisher: Oneworld Publications
  • Format: Paperback | 320 pages
  • Dimensions: 134mm x 198mm x 26mm | 320g
  • Publication date: 7 September 2007
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 1851685553
  • ISBN 13: 9781851685554
  • Edition statement: Reprint
  • Illustrations note: 8pp plate section
  • Sales rank: 8,556

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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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Ilan Pappe is an Israeli historian and socialist activist. He is a professor of history at the College of Social Sciences and International Studies at the University of Exeter in the United Kingdom, director of the university's European Centre for Palestine Studies, and co-director of the Exeter Centre for Ethno-Political Studies. He is also the author of the bestselling The Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine (Oneworld), A History of Modern Palestine (Cambridge), The Modern Middle East (Routledge), The Israel/Palestine Question (Routledge), The Forgotten Palestinians: A History of the Palestinians in Israel (Yale), The Idea of Israel: A History of Power and Knowledge (Verso) and with Noam Chomsky, Gaza in Crisis: Reflections on Israel's War Against the Palestinians (Penguin). He writes for, among others, the Guardian and the London Review of Books.

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"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 "If not the last word, this is a major intervention in an argument that will, and must, continue. There's no hope of lasting Middle East peace while the ghosts of 1948 still walk" The Independent "Pappe offers a scorching indictment of Israel's treatment of the Palestinian people in The Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine." Metro "A bold expose of Israel's purge of its Arab population in the early years of its existence. It should be read by anyone wanting to grasp the seemingly unfathomable background to the Israel-Palestine conflict. Pappe himself should be supported and applauded." Morning Star --Article "Built in Blood" on Pappe and his book The Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine. scottish socialist voice "Pappe has opened up an important new line of inquiry into the vast and fateful subject of the Palestinian refugees. His book is rewarding in other ways. It has at times an elegiac, even sentimental, character, recalling the lost, obliterated life of the Palestinian Arabs and imagining or regretting what Pappe believes could have been a better land of Palestine." The Times Literary Supplement "Pappe's book will command attention" Washington Report on Middle East Affairs "Superb account of how, and why, Palestinians were driven out of their homes. Pappe explains why there can be no peace until this crime has been acknowledged and redressed." Scottish Review "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 "Superb account of how, and why, Palestinians were driven out of their homes." Socialist Review "Leading Israeli historian Ilan Pappe delves into his country's bloodied past in search of answers in the present." Morning Star "The organization of the material in this book leaves almost nothing to be desired. The twelve sections substantially challenge and considerably undermine the ostensibly convincing Israeli discourse on the refugees question and the 1984 events." Arab Studies Quarterly "Shocking, telling and illuminating" Emel Ilan Pappe's The Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine is a vital contribution to the scholarship from these new historians... Pappe forever puts to rest any doubt that Palestinians were sytematically and brutally expelled from their homeland." Against the Current (An independent socialist organisation) "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) '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

Table of contents

List of Illustrations, Maps and Tables Acknowledgements Preface 1. An 'Alleged' Ethnic Cleansing? 2. The Drive for an Exclusively Jewish State 3. Partition and Destruction: UN Resolution 181 and its Impact 4. Finalising a Master Plan 5. The Blueprint for Ethnic Cleansing: Plan Dalet 6. The Phony War and the Real War over Palestine: May 1948 7. The Escalation of the Cleansing Operations: June--September 1948 8. Completing the Job: October 1948--January 1949 9. Occupation and its Ugly Faces 10. The Memoricide of the Nakba 11. Nakba Denial and the 'Peace Process' 12. Fortress Israel Epilogue Endnotes Chronology Maps and Tables Bibliography Index