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Testimony by Ilan Pappe on Genocide in Palestine by Israel at the Kuala Lumpur Tribunal
Editorial Note
IAM has occasionally profiled Ilan Pappe, a former professor at Haifa University, currently the director of the European Center for Palestine Studies at Exeter University in England. 
Pappe has built a career out of making outrageous claims against Israel.  From his relatively modest input into the New History wave, he expanded into more extreme versions of Israel's alleged treatment of Palestinians.  In the early 2000s, Pappe published a book making claims about "ethnic cleansing;" more recently he has argued that Israel has engaged in "genocide."
Like the Hebrew University lecturer Nurit Peled-Elhanan, Pappe has appeared before various people's tribunals, including the Russell Tribunals on Palestine (RToP)  a self appointed groups of radical activists who "investigate" war crimes by Israel. The Kuala Lumpur War Crimes Commission (KLWC) was established by Mahatir Mohammed, the former Prime Minister of Malaysia whose criticism of Israel has been underpinned by anti-Semitic tones.
While faculty have the right to free speech, there is something tawdry in an activity that is so blatantly antithetical to the spirit of academic inquiry.  The academic legitimacy that scholars enjoy has enhanced their status and credibility; indeed, an argument can be made that Israeli scholars, especially those based in Israel, are a huge asset in the increasingly effective effort of delegitimizing Israel. 
It is significant that the European Center for Palestine Studies (ECPS)  in the Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies at Exeter was especially created for Pappe.   Under the leadership of Professor  Emeritus Tim Niblock, the Arab and Islamic Studies became a hub of anti-Israel activities.  According to British reports, Exeter University is one of the largest recipients of Arab money in higher education.  Even without determining the source of funding, it is clear that the ECPS has ambitious goals.
According to its mission statement, the ECPS" aims to func'tion as a hub for intellectual engagement with the Palestine question, facilitating scholarly research, helping to refine public discussion, and offering programmes for postgraduate study. "It further proclaims that the ECPS was "established in 2009 as the first university-linked Palestine studies centre in the Western world. It remains the only such centre in Europe, and seeks to cooperate with partners worldwide to encourage a new generation of scholars to examine academically issues that have been treated so far only politically and publicly."  The doctoral program at the Center has "founded an international network of doctoral researchers in Palestine Studies.
The promises of examining "academically issues that  have been treated so far only politically and publicly" should fool no one.  The  Center will produce academic material that reflects Pappe's view of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.


Video: Testimony by Dr. Ilan Pappe on Genocide in Palestine by Israel


The Kuala Lumpur War Crimes Tribunal Hearing on Palestine–Testimony by Dr. Ilan Pappe.

On November 22, 2013, the Kuala Lumpur War Crimes Tribunal (KLWCT) went into the third day of the hearing on genocide and war crimes charges against the State of Israel and Amos Yaron, a retired Israeli army general.

The tribunal heard the testimony of renowned historian and socialist activist, Prof Ilan Pappe, who informed the tribunal about the systematic ethnic cleansing via expulsion and killing of the Palestinians from their homeland since 1948. Three witnesses from West Bank also gave an account of their trials and tribulations under the Israelis.

The testimony of Dr. Pappe was an interesting and revealing account of the Israeli leadership strategy to rid the Palestinians from their homeland since the 1940s. He testified that the expulsions were not decided on an ad hoc basis, as other historians have argued, but constituted the ethnic cleansing of Palestine, in accordance with Plan Dalet drawn up in 1947 by Israel’s leaders then.

He testified that the expulsion of the Palestinians in 1948 constituted ethnic cleansing, as the Zionists movement was not concerned with the native people. He revealed that it was as early as in the 1940s when it began deliberating the fate of the indigenous people of Palestine and that they wanted to take over Palestine with as little Palestinians in it by having them leave voluntarily or be forced out.

He further revealed that from 1948 until 1949, the plan was enforced by Israeli forces to cleanse villages and towns of Palestinians by encircling the villages/towns from three flanks to intimidate the residents into leaving by leaving one flank open. Some 530 villages were wiped out physically. Under the partition plan, 56% of the land was to be handed to Israel wherein the 2/3 of the population was Palestinians. In the end, 93% of the land came under the control of Israel and 750,000 Palestinians were left out as refugees in neighbouring countries, in Gaza and West Bank. After the 1967 war, Gaza and West Bank were occupied.

He added that having taken over most of Palestine territories, the policy changed from expelling to destroying the Palestinians. Hence, the Sabra & Shatilla massacre was an attempt to destroy Palestinians in Lebanon.

He told the tribunal that the use of military action against Palestinians in Gaza and West Bank was considered genocidal against people who cannot defend themselves. Military operations such as Summer Rains, Autumn Clouds, and Cast Lead were just to kill the Palestinians and destroy the economy, culture and their spirit.

In cross-examination by Amicus Curiae Jason Kay, Prof Pappe agreed that his view of history is a minority view and that while he is grateful that the Zionist movement had saved his parents from the Nazi holocaust for which he is grateful; however, the moral way is to live together with the Palestinians, not expel and kill them.

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