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Renowned Israeli historian Ilan Pappe's groundbreaking book revisits 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. This is an indispensable book for anyone interested in the current crisis in the Middle East.

©2006 Ilan Pappe (P)2017 Tantor

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Very pertinent history

Ilan pappe is a great historian and writer. He gives a lot of information that others have not written about in full.

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Crucial for understanding Israel-Palestine today

The writing is mediocre, but the content is profound. The heavy use of primary sources from official Israeli military records and Israeli officer accounts support the authors argument for classifying the 1948 actions by the new state of Israel as a crime against humanity under international law. I admit I did not at all realize the extent to which Israel conducted a systematic ethnic cleansing operation at scale. For some in America, views of Israel get caught up in religious affinity for the Israelites of the Bible, instilling an instinctive loyalty to modern Israel as the keepers of the Holy Land. But this is romantic. The reality is Israel as a secular state created by Zionists with a blind eye if not license from the British to massacre, loot, and expel an entire population of Muslim and Christian Palestinians who had lived inhabited their land for generations. Each of us in our respective national identities has the responsibility to own up to our past injustices so we can move forward to a better future with integrity. God knows we Americans have many. In that spirit I encourage my Israeli friends to read this book and consider its implications in the hopes that the younger generations can reach resolution and peace. The first step is likely public acknowledgement of what really happened in 1948.

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  • 01-16-19

Fundamental read

The detail this book gives is fundamental to understanding the situation and history of the region.

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Very one sided and biased

Listened to it and I am really NOT a fan. Book is bashing Israel and is very one sided. Israel isn’t carrying out a policy of ethnic cleansing, within the green line over 30% of Israelis in northern Israel are Arabs. They are treated much better there than anywhere else in the Middle East. My family is originally from that region, Palestinian Christian and they left because of the violence perpetrated against them by their neighbors and NOT by the Israelis.

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too slanted. And I am sympathetic to the Palestinian cause. Needs more balance. Good historical overview though.

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Worst Audio Book Ever!

I am not even going to refer to the ludicrous allegations that the embittered, delusional Ilan Pappe makes in this attempt at making a name for himself through lies and slander. I want to draw the attention of potential listeners (even and especially those who have sympathy for Pappe's viewpoint), to the absolutely abysmal performance by Paul Boehmer who narrates the book. Why on earth he was selected is a mystery to me. His rather scholarly voice is fine until he reaches the first Hebrew or Arabic word. Butchery is a kind description and he could be forgiven if his ineptitude was consistent, but the man goes on to slaughter the same name in many cases in four or even five versions, each more jarring on the ear than the previous one.
Stay away from this book and this narrator at all costs!

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Zionism soon after the Nais

Words can barely express the despair experienced reading this chronology of Israeli barbarism, and their continued oppression of the Palestinian people which began soon after the second world war. A history which has been suppressed by the mainstream media within the UK, whom, instead, favour portraying the Palestinians as equally to blame for their plight in the worlds largest open air prison. I am ashamed to discover how complicit my government was in the atrocities committed by the Israeli's across 1947-1949 especially given we had a duty to protect them. Pappe focuses primarily upon the aforementioned period, and he provides a meticulous account of the shocking atrocities committed in the name of Zionism in village after village whilst the world turned a blind eye. I have come away from this read believing in boycotting everything Israeli until Palestine is returned to the Palestinians. If I were a politician I would have absolutely no reservations standing by this conviction in public. In-fact, I would actively promote boycott and divestment where Israel is concerned. Shame on Israel.

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