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University of Haifa
Ilan Pappe, Professor of Anti-Israel Smears, praised by Anti-Israel "scholars"

PUBLICATION DATE: October 19th 2006
Hardcover, £16.99, 336pp

‘The Arabs will have to go, but one needs an opportune moment for making
it happen, such as a war.’  - David Ben-Gurion writing to his son, 1937

‘There is no such thing as a Palestinian people... It is not as if we came
and threw them out and took their country. They didn't exist.’ - Golda
Meir, statement to The Sunday Times, 15 June, 1969

As Israel stands accused by Amnesty International of committing war crimes
in Lebanon following its almost 5-week bombardment of that country, which
left over a thousand civilians dead and almost a million displaced, a
prominent Israeli historian at Haifa University revisits the formative
period of the State of Israel to investigate the treatment of the
indigenous Palestinians.

In this controversial new book, The Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine, Ilan
Pappe uses recently declassified archival sources to investigate the fate
suffered by the indigenous population of 1940s Palestine at the hands of
the Zionist political and military leadership, whose actions led to the
mass deportation of over a million Palestinians from their cities and
villages, over 400 villages wiped from the map, and hundreds of civilians

Exploring both the planning and the execution of the Jewish operations
during the British Mandate period and the run-up to independence, Pappe
focuses in particular on the activities of the Hagana, the Irgun, and the
Palmach. Drawing on such meticulously-researched documents as the minutes
from meetings of Ben-Gurion’s unofficial “war cabinet” as well as the
personal diaries and memoirs of a large number of key officials in all
sectors of the Jewish leadership of the day, Pappe pieces together and
re-examines the attitudes and motivations that influenced the conduct of
the Jewish community towards the indigenous population. He goes on to
offer a detailed account of the events of 1947-8 that eventually led to
one of the biggest refugee migrations in modern history. This is no moral
rant against the past, but a passionate plea to acknowledge the Nakba, as
Palestinians call the catastrophe that befell them in 1948, as the root
cause of the ongoing Palestine-Israel conflict.

Many political commentators and historians trace the roots of the recent
stages of the conflict back only so far as Israel’s occupation of the West
Bank following the 1967 war, rightly regarding the occupation, the
settlements and the Security Barrier as a violation of international law.
The first and second Intifadas may be seen as protests against the
continuing occupation and a reflection of the deep despair of the
Palestinians, who feel they have been severely let down by their own
leaders, by Israel, by Arab states, by the United Nations, and by western

Pappe argues persuasively, however, that the continued denial of the
ethnic cleansing of Palestine in 1948 and the consequent dispossession of
a million native Palestinians from their homeland represents a gross
injustice that requires redress. The refusal to acknowledge this event,
and allow those dispossessed the right of return to their ancestral lands
and homes, are not only an abuse of their human rights, but a rejection
from the peace process of the essential foundation for a lasting peace in
the Middle East and beyond.

An incisive, important and timely book, on an issue of continuing global


Ilan Pappe is a senior lecturer of Political Science at Haifa University.
He is also Academic Director of the Research Institute for peace at Givat
Haviva, and Chair of the Emil Touma Institute for Palestinian Studies,
Haifa. His previous works include the bestselling A History of Modern
Palestine, The Modern Middle East and The Israel/Palestine Question.

‘Ilan Pappe is Israel’s bravest, most principled, most incisive
historian.’ - John Pilger

The first book to so clearly document the ethnic cleansing of Palestine in
1948 of which the massacre at Deir Yassin was emblematic.  Political
Zionism has always been premised on the elimination of non-Jews who even
today account for more than half of the population living within the
borders controlled by Israel.  Will the West continue to ignore this
textbook example of ethnic cleansing, a crime against humanity? - Daniel
McGowan, Executive Director, Deir Yassin Remembered, Hobart and William
Smith Colleges

‘Ilan Pappe has written an extraordinary book of profound relevance to the
past, present, and future of Israel/Palestine relations.’ – Richard Falk,
Professor of International Law and Practice, Princeton University

‘This is an extraordinary book - a dazzling feat of scholarly synthesis
and Biblical moral clarity and humaneness.’ - Walid Khalidi, Former Senior
Research Fellow, Center for Middle Eastern Studies, Harvard University

‘An instant classic. Finally we have the authoritative account of an
historic event which continues to shape our world today, and drives the
conflict in the Middle East. Pappe is the only historian who could have
told it, and he has done so with supreme command of the facts, elegance,
and compassion. The publication of this book is a landmark event.’ – Karma
Nabulsi, a research fellow at Nuffield College, Oxford University

‘If there is to be real peace in Palestine/Israel, the moral vigour and
intellectual clarity of The Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine will have been a
major contributor to it.’ – Ahdaf Soueif, author of The Map of Love ‘Fresh
insights into a world historic tragedy, related by a historian of genius.’
–  George Galloway MP

‘Groundbreaking research into a well-kept Israeli secret. A classic of
historical scholarship on a taboo subject by one of Israel's foremost New
Historians.’ – Ghada Karmi, author of In Search of Fatima
‘Ilan Pappe is out to fight against Zionism, whose power of deletion has
driven a whole nation not only out of its homeland but out of historic
memory as well. A detailed, documented record of the true history of that
crime, The Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine puts an end to the Palestinian
“Nakbah” and the Israeli “War of Independence” by so compellingly shifting
both paradigms.’ – Anton Shammas, Professor of Modern Middle Eastern
Literature, University of Michigan

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