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The Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine

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Since the Holocaust, it has been almost impossible to hide large-scale crimes against humanity. In our communicative world, few modern catastrophes are concealed from the public eye. And yet, Ilan Pappe unveils, one such crime has been erased from the global public memory: the ethnic cleansing of the Palestinians in 1948. But why is it denied, and by whom? The Ethnic Clean ...more
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published November 2nd 2006 by Oneworld Publications (first published 2006)
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Pete daPixie Can't recall where I read the information, but I have come across a story that during WWII Jewish network met with Nazi S.S. to work against British f…moreCan't recall where I read the information, but I have come across a story that during WWII Jewish network met with Nazi S.S. to work against British forces in Palestine. Possibly Stern gang representatives.
Of course it is known that British military trained Jewish units to fight on side of the allies.
I have no knowledge of Jews fighting in Nazi units, at least not in the numbers you quote.
Amal Amra-Tutuianu dear friend, yes, this book seems old, but still it is considered on of the most trustworthy books about the Palestinian cause... The author is an ant…moredear friend, yes, this book seems old, but still it is considered on of the most trustworthy books about the Palestinian cause... The author is an anti- Zionist one who fantastically manages to tell the true intact Palestinian narrative that could be forgotten in case on refused to read it just bcs of it is 2006- publish date.. so, I highly recommend it for you.. it will give you a clear vision about what happened since 1917.. enjoy!(less)

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بثينة العيسى
Nov 12, 2011 rated it it was amazing
They say the truth is a bitter pill to swallow. Actually it is more than that! Reading this book as an extremely painful journey, in a way that exceeds your worst nightmares.

I wasn't able to read more than 20 pages per day, not because of its richness with information but because my brain needed time to absorb all the atrocities. PLEASE READ THIS BOOK! I think it's one of our responsibilities as humans to educate ourselves about the injustice in the world so we can be part of the change in the
Mohammed Morsi
Jul 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book doesn't need a review. It's a piece of living history, it should be school material instead of the lies and rubbish TV churns out on a daily basis. So well documented, so much empathy. So much respect for this man having the courage to write the truth. ...more
Sean Glover
Jul 08, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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The author's thourough and honest discourse is both immaculate and sobering. Pappe proves authoritatively that the actions by a group of supposed Zionists in Israel beginning in 1947 constitute ethnic cleansing. This perpetrated atrocity serves as a prototype for ethnic cleansing similar to that by the Nazis in Germany. According to Pappe, “(M)ore than half of Palestine’s native population, close to 800,000, had been uprooted, 531 villages had been destroyed, and eleven urban neighbourhoods empt ...more
Dan Lutts
Jun 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: middle-east
What's "ethnic cleansing"?

According to the final report of a United Nations Commission of Experts who investigated Yugoslavia's violation of humanitarian laws in 1994, ethnic cleansing is: ". . . a purposeful policy designed by one ethnic or religious group to remove by violent and terror-inspiring means the civilian population of another ethnic or religious group from certain geographic areas . . ."

The report goes on to state that ways to forcibly expel unwanted civilian populations by ethnic c
Feb 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Zionist views have been overwhelmingly influential in the United States. "The Story of Israel" that I place in quotation marks to indicate its mythological nature, has been presented repeatedly, but most famously in the novel and movie, "Exodus". It is the story of victims struggling to an empty land where they make the desert bloom and stand proudly with weapons in hand shouting "never again".

This appealing, heroic, justice-loving scenario is a fabrication. Ilan Pappé, an Israeli Jew, has, in t
Dowl Phin
Dec 12, 2012 rated it did not like it
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I first read The Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine by Ilan Pappe, one of the "Israeli New Historians" who looked at the archived materials from Cabinet meetings, politician diaries, Israel Defence Force orders etc... after they were eventually released forty years after 1948. I read Pappe following the a challenge by an politically anti-Israel Jewish friend of mine who teaches in Philosophy at UNSW.

I found Pappe's book painful as he outlined the atrocities committed by Israel - even though I was mi
Sep 27, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I thought I knew the history of Israel's annexation of Palestine but this was a totally shocking account! I can't believe Britain reneged so emphatically on its promise to allow the Palestinians independence. The UN also must be ashamed of its duplicitous role.
Ilan Pappe is a Jewish academic who cannot be accused of anti-semitism. He just wants people to know what really happened. Israel is guilty of war crimes aided and abetted by Britain and the UN.
It is particularly important to read this now
✨    jamieson   ✨
Must read non-fiction detailing the founding ideas of Israel and the impact of Zionism as an ideology that led to the systematic removal of the Palestinian people from the land.
Alastair Rosie
Sep 16, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: history
"An insightful and deeply disturbing account of the events leading up to 1947/48 in the Arab/Israeli war. Prior to reading this book I had always accepted the official Israeli viewpoint of an Israeli David fighting an Arab Goliath. Israel's constant wars against Arab nations after that seemed to be a continuance of that period in history.
Until I read The Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine that is. I've been a recent convert to the Palestinian cause after watching footage of Israeli tanks and gunships
Apr 08, 2015 rated it did not like it
This is the type of book wealthy hipster kids and trustafarians like to read to feel good about themselves. The book is incredibly manipulative and tugs at the emotional strings of clueless readers to indoctrinate them with anti-Israeli and Islamist-aligned propaganda. There are some truths in the book and there's no doubt Israel has had it's share of committing atrocities, but this book completely glosses over all of the atrocities committed by the Palestinians on the Christian Palestinians as ...more
May 19, 2007 added it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone interested in the Middle East
This book exposes one of the great whitewashes of post WW2 history, that Israel was a brave little nation, created by hardy pioneers who had to fight off Arab hordes who were bent on their destruction.
Books like this need to exist, that subvert the accepted grand narratives and tell of a brutal history. This isn't to say that Pappé's analysis is perfect-- there is a tendency to read every action of the Israeli state as an extension of the 1948 expulsion of the Palestinians-- but it is blunt and forceful, and a scathing indictment of the tendency of the settler-state (something that the Americans, Taiwanese, and Australians are also complicit in) to re-write their histories. ...more
Miroku Nemeth
Aug 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In the epilogue to this text that is essential reading for anyone who wants to really speak on Palestine, Israel, or peace in the Middle East, Pappe writes, after mentioning massacres from 1948 to the present, “[t]here has never been an end to Israel’s killing of Palestinians.” (258) At this time, when nearly 2000 Palestinians have been killed by the Israeli military, 75% or more civilians, over 450 being Palestinian children, and the Israelis have only lost 63 soldiers invading illegally occupi ...more
Zach Cohen
Nov 26, 2010 rated it it was amazing
The Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine is a meticulously documented account of the campaign of the Jewish colonists in Palestine to forcibly expel the Arab population from the land now known as Israel. This conflict is obviously a hugely controversial subject, with a great deal of misinformation, ideology, and vicious ad hominem rhetoric poisoning most online review forums or discussions I've come across. I approach whatever I read with skepticism, and what I most enjoyed about this book was how its ...more
Aug 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book is amazing! I highly recommend it to people who are interested in Palestine and Israel conflict and generally in History. I'm not a good history reader but as I said before I start the series of book about Palestine and the ethnic cleansing of Palestine. Which the title of this book is exactly what I was looking for. This book has a great in depth information and analysis of the process of ethnic cleansing. The fact that Ilan pappe himself was inside the system gives him a great unders ...more
Oct 17, 2012 rated it really liked it
This is a history of the Nakba, the ethnic cleansing at Israel's founding that expelled close to 800,000 people, including 531 villages and 11 urban neighborhoods. It is an important reminder of why Zionism is racism and why the Palestinian's right of return is absolutely central to any just and viable peace settlement.

This was a hard-hitting antidote to the Zionist propaganda I grew up reading. It is difficult to get through sometimes, both because of the massacres being described and because o
Jan 11, 2015 rated it really liked it
There is a bloc of humanity that will never read this book based on the title alone, and there is another bloc, that if they did read it, would immediately find great fault with it, assuming they didn't just write it all off as pure fictional propaganda. I read a lot of non-fiction and histories in particular, and this did not come across to me at any level as inflated hype, but rather as extremely well-researched journalism based on documents from "both sides" of the issues discussed, including ...more
“Nakba Day (meaning "Day of the Catastrophe") is generally commemorated on 15 May, the day after the Gregorian calendar date for Israeli Independence Day (Yom Ha'atzmaut). For the Palestinians it is an annual day of commemoration of the displacement that preceded and followed the Israeli Declaration of Independence in 1948 [see Wikipedia for more]”

Ilan Pappé’s The Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine was a shattering read from one of the New Historians [see Wikipedia
Brian Napoletano
Mar 24, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ilan Pappe's careful review of Israel's treatment of Palestine's native populations from the founding of the 'Jewish State' to the present exposes many of the falsehoods in the official historical narrative constructed by Zionism that pervades in the media and official rhetoric. Contrary to the claims that prevail in Israel and its national allies, the Zionist settlers did not 'make the desert bloom', nor did they inherit a 'land without a people'. In reality, most of the land which Israel now c ...more
Jun 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is a gem, despite how disturbing it is. Professor Pappe cares not about Zionist fake emotion as he skewers their entire ideology and the tragic execution of it that caused Palestine's Arab people to be expelled en masse from 1947-1949 (and beyond, to a degree). This book is not for the faint of heart, but it should be required reading for anyone wishing to study the "Arab-Israeli conflict" and/or find out what exactly being a Zionist entails. It's definitely worth checking out if you h ...more
Greta G
Jun 13, 2016 marked it as not-to-read
From the 'about Ilan Pappé' :

"He blames the creation of Israel for the lack of peace in the Middle East, arguing that Zionism is more dangerous than Islamic militancy, and has called for an international boycott of Israeli academics."

Hardly an unbiased author.
Sep 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
There are quite a lot of books out there on the "Nakba" and this is one of them. Naturally, this is a really sensitive issue, with both sides accusing the other of cover-ups, obfuscation and outright fabrication. As I read this, I kept in mind that the author is a Jewish academic, accusing Israel of ethnic cleansing of the Palestinians. I am aware that criticism of Pappe's work has come from various quarters, most notably from fellow Israeli historian, Professor Benny Morris (whose book I have n ...more
George Polley
Mar 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The history of modern Israel, from its inception, has been perpetually racist and ugly. As historian Ilan Pappe so well shows, Israel’s leaders, from the early Zionists to the present day, have created a nation that copies Hitler’s hideous Nazi Germany. Stealing Palestinian property has been, and still is, considered legal. So is killing them. Hebrew University of Jerusalem’s professor Ruth Gabison is quoted has the natural right to control growth as saying “Israel has the natural right to contr ...more
Karlo Mikhail
Aug 10, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: history
A must-read to get a fuller understanding of the Zionist Israeli colonization and ethnic cleansing of the Palestinian people. A journey back in history to the heart of darkness of the Zionist project, the massively brutal and systematic massacre and land grabbing of the Palestinians inaugurated on a large scale in 1948. This is a violence that continues to be perpetrated by the Zionist State of Israel against the Palestinian people up to the present.
Hiba Hassoun
Dec 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing
A must-read to get a fuller understanding of the Zionist colonization and ethnic cleansing of the Palestinian. A journey back in history to the heart of the Zionist project, the massively brutal and systematic massacre and land grabbing of the Palestinians inaugurated on a large scale in 1948. This is a violence that continues to be perpetrated by the Zionist State of Israel against the Palestinian people up to the present.
ولأهل البلد وصحابها قبل غيرهم
Soha Hassan
May 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
I learned a lot from this book. Despite it being heavy with information, I believe the author did a really good job of describing the atrocious Zionist crimes in 1948. He provides backed up evidence and explicitly talks about how the Zionists systematically executed the ethnic cleansing. It definitely isn’t a light hearted read, but it is important that we all understand what happened in 1948 and continues to happen today.
Mark Hebden
Jan 09, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: history, politics
The year 1948 evokes strong memories in the Middle East. It is celebrated by the Israeli’s and commemorated by the Palestinians. This book by Israeli academic, Illan Pappe explores the events of that time and the mythology surrounding the accepted historiography within Israeli academic circles and public memory. This is the most in depth analysis of the Nakba that I have ever read, using official documents, oral accounts from both Palestinians and Israeli soldiers as well as contemporary reports ...more
Apr 08, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: could-not-finish
A book that I could not get myself to read in detail. I was looking for a broader overview of the history of the Israeli state and its policy toward Palestine, but this book provides a very detailed look at the very early history.

My impressions from reading half and skimming the other half: Pappe presents an important categorization of the policies of the forming Israeli state as "Ethnic Cleansing" and that he provides good comparison to the oppression of Palestinians with the modern view of th
Jun 14, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: history, politics
If you haven't already done so, you need to read this book, especially if you don't have a deep understanding of the Arab-Israeli conflict. The author is an Israeli professor at the University of Exeter. I think it should be read by Israelis and Americans in particular who are denied in large degree the real source of the Nakba. The fact that it's written by an Israeli makes it more powerful.

I am still not entirely sure what made this book such a slow read and took me a long time to finish it, b
May 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An excellent (and mostly, heartbreaking) chronology of the Zionist Occupation of Palestine.
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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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