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The Forgotten Palestinians: A History of the Palestinians in Israel

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For more than 60 years, hundreds of thousands of Palestinians have lived as Israeli citizens within the borders of the nation formed at the end of the 1948 conflict. Occupying a precarious middle ground between the Jewish citizens of Israel and the dispossessed Palestinians of the West Bank and the Gaza Strip, the Israeli Palestinians have developed an exceedingly complex ...more
Hardcover, 336 pages
Published June 28th 2011 by Yale University Press (first published May 31st 2011)
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Mark Walker
Sep 26, 2013 rated it really liked it
Provides a chronological history of Palestinians living in Israel. It would be interesting to get a response to this book from the Israeli Government. Would they deny the basic gist of the book or accept it on the basis of their right to defend themselves. Just some of the issues detailed in the book; all the symbols of the Israeli state relate to Judaism (the flag and the anthem), Palestinians are prevented from jobs due to employers requesting only those who have served in army ( Palestinians ...more
Sep 11, 2014 rated it really liked it
When we think of "Palestinians" we usually think of the Arabs living in the occupied West Bank and Gaza. Most of the Palestinians fled or were expelled by Zionist forces in 1947 and 1948, but a minority remained and a few were added as Israel annexed areas like Wadi Ara. This is the history of the Arab minority in Israel and Pappé tells it well, often with the first-hand insight only an Israeli can give. That said, as helpful as Pappé's account is, I can't help but think that a more detached and ...more
Steve Hanson
Mar 31, 2013 rated it it was amazing
A meticulous account of the ethnic cleansing of Palestinians in the years immediately following the establishment of Israel in 1948. Pappé is a meticulous historian who made use of recently released archival material (such as notes and journals of some of the main actors and leaders of the time) to determine the exact nature of the policy towards Palestinians and Palestinian villages post 1948, and also to catalogue forced removals, destruction of villages, massacres and rapes as noted in these ...more
Oct 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is the third book that I'm reading from this author. Not surprised that this one was also a very good read to know more about the history of the Palestinians and Israel. However, I liked the ethnic cleansing of Palestine better. I thought the writing was much more interesting than this book. But I'm happy that I read both because it feels some gaps and maybe the information in both books are definitely needed for getting a better understanding of the situation now and before.
So far Pappe i
Dana El
Sep 17, 2016 rated it liked it
Important topic, but the writing is a little sloppy. And of course, the author can't really escape his identity as an Israeli, and often makes comments about how colonialism has in ways helped the Palestinians, about how primitive Palestinian society is (judged from a Western paradigm), and devalues Palestinian nationalism as a futile attempt of a society under siege, rather than the full right of the Palestinian people as a body with a coherent identity.
Aiman Haris
May 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A well written book on Israeli-Palestinian issues. Unlike other books which focus on Palestinians under the Occupied Territories, the writer chooses to focus on Palestinians living in Israel, or to be more accurate Arab-Israelis.
Provides an in-depth analysis on how the Arab Israelis have fared and assimilated in Israeli society, and also underlines the challenges they face.
Some chapters might be too general if you often read books about the conflict, but the writer adds his views and perspective
I first became aware of Ilan Pappé after reading Gaza in Crisis: Reflections on Israel's War Against the Palestinians which combined some of his articles with those of Noam Chomsky.
What I read was quite a game changer and view altering affair. If you had told me before I read it that I would be so moved and adrenalised by an Israeli, especially on a subject as close to my heart as Palestine, I would have struggled to believe you at all.

It was pretty much the positive effect his contributions to
Amani Zunni
Sep 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
كتاب دسم للغاية، يجب أن تكون مطلع علي الصراع الفلسطيني الإسرائيلي و ملم به جغرافيا، تاريخيا و قانونيا لكي تنسجم في قراءة الكتاب لذلك لا أنصح به كبداية.
لكنه فعلا عميق و شامل و فيه حقائق عدة لن تجدها في أي مكان أخر.و الجميل في الموضوع إن الكاتب إسرائيلي أي لا يوجد تحيز عربي للقضية الفلسطينية مجرد إنحياز إنساني للحق.
Vickie Mansour-hasan
Jan 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Ilan Pappe did a great job giving voice to a people who are silenced by the military boot of Israel. Grounded and supported by statistical evidence not even the Israeli can deny, Pappe's work is a must read for all concerned about the Palestinian issue
Benjamin Potash
Aug 11, 2011 rated it really liked it
Over 100 pages in now. The biased language is frustrating, but once you get through some of the early tragedy, the history becomes more useful and stands on its own better.
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Ilan Pappé is a professor with the College of Social Sciences and International Studies at the University of Exeter in the UK, director of the university's European Centre for Palestine Studies, co-director of the Exeter Centre for Ethno-Political Studies, and political activist. He was formerly a senior lecturer in political science at the University of Haifa (1984–2007) and chair of the Emil Tou ...more

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