by Ilan Pappe
Renowned Israeli historian, Ilan Pappe's groundbreaking work on 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.
"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
"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
About the Author:
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, A History of Modern Palestine, The Modern Middle East, The Israel/Palestine Question, The Forgotten Palestinians: A History of the Palestinians in Israel, The Idea of Israel: A History of Power and Knowledge and with Noam Chomsky, Gaza in Crisis: Reflections on Israel's War Against the Palestinians. He writes for, among others, the Guardian and the London Review of Books.