le 28 juillet 2014
Palestine, the name sounds like a dream, an Atlantis. This voluntary erased country, people, history is not yet forgotten thanks to Ilan Pappe.
This book reminds us of the Villages, cemetaries, mosques, and more importantly the people who owned and lived on this land.
It's everything we never learned in my Jewish, Zionist family. This is history. If you think you know something about 1947-48, the partition plan, the Hagana, Israel military heroes, zionism, and more importantly the Nakbah, READ this book!
le 2 août 2011
Pappe has an axe to grind that the jews ethnically cleansed arabs from Israel. Ethnic cleansing did happen, but to the jews of arab lands where almost a million jews were expelled up to 1950 after pogroms and murders.
The fact that it didn't happen in Israel is shown by that there are now around a million citizens of Israel. If 'plan daled' was really implemented, rather than being a junior planner's idea that never saw the light of day, then why did Israel let so many arabs stay after 1948? Indeed, why did the very well documented case of Haifa's jews and the IDF representative happen whereby they implored the arabs of the city to stay?
The fact is that arabs who left were either afraid of the war, left because all their leaders had left early to sit out the war, or because they listened to arab broadcasts that told them to leave and only to return once the jews had been 'driven into the sea' (Azzam Pasha head of the Arab League). Very few arabs were expelled although that must also have happened.
Pappe who used to belong to the Israeli communist party writes this book because he wishes to advance his cause, that of the destruction of the state of Israel.