The Israeli historian and human rights activist Ilan Pappe came to prominence in the early 1990s, a few years after Israel declassified documents that shed new light on the Arab-Israeli war of 1948 and the events leading up to the establishment of the State of Israel. With a group of scholars who came to be known as the New Historians, much of Pappe’s work has sought to recognise and revisit this historical moment – what is known as the Palestinian Catastrophe or Nakbah – and to construct a historical narrative in opposition to
the prevailing view. One of Pappe’s most important and controversial books, The Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine (2006), traces the beginnings of the Zionist ideology in the early twentieth century and offers a detailed account of the systematic expulsion of more than 700,000 Palestinians in 1948. According to Pappe, this event cannot be understood as a spontaneous act of war. Rather, it was the result of a premeditated strategy that amounts to ethnic cleansing; a strategy which, Pappe argues, continues to guide Israel’s policies towa... [Click to read more]
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