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The Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine by Ilan Pappé
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Aug 14, 2008

it was amazing

Everyone should read this book!

"The UN General Assembly resolves that the refugees wishing to return to their homes and live at peace with their neighbors should be permitted to do so at the earliest practicable date, and that compensation should be paid for the property of those choosing not to return and for the loss of or damage to property which, under the principles of international law and in equity, should be made good by the Governments or authorities responsible." UN GA resolution 194 (III), 11 December 1948.

"The inability of Israelis to acknowledge the trauma the Palestinians suffered stands out even more sharply when set against the way the Palestinian national narrative tells the story of the Nakba, a trauma they continue to live with to the present. Had their victimhood been the 'natural' and 'normal' outcome of a long-term and bloody conflict, Israel's fears of allowing the other side to 'become' the victim of the conflict would not have been so intense-both sides wold have been 'victims of the circumstances', that serves human beings, particularly politicians but also historians, to absolve themselves from the moral responsibility they otherwise wold carry. But what the Palestinians are demanding, and what, for many of them, has become a sine qua non, is that they be recognised as the victims of an ongoing evil, consciously perpetrated against them by Israel. For Israeli Jews to accept this would naturally mean undermining their own status of victimhood. This would have political implications on an international scale, but also-perhaps far more critically-would trigger moral and existential repercussions for the Israeli Jewish psyche: Israeli Jews would have to recognise that they have become the mirror image of their own worst nightmare." Pappé.


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