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  • The Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine

  • By: Ilan Pappe
  • Narrated by: Paul Boehmer
  • Length: 12 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Categories: History, Americas
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (71 ratings)

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Summary

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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A very emotional read.

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that it was very painful to accept the conclusion. How the state of Israel could commit such actions reminiscent of the actions meted out on the European Jews less than 5 years previously. A whole jndigenous population was virtually uprooted from their Homeland and forced into camps that are still their homes after over 70 years. The World looked on and did nothing. The UN passed resolutions against Israel that were not carried through. Israel is not very nice!

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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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Great insight to the Palestinian view

wanting to know about the conflict I have been researching both Israeli and Palestinian views. This book gives a very clear explanation of how the Palestinians consider the actions of Israel to be ethnic cleansing.
some parts of the book focus on towns and names which can be tricky to follow on audio, but these are brief and not essential to understand fully.

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Deep dive into 1948

A well-referenced, thorough explanation of the 1948 Nakba (Great catastrophe); village by village, week by week, massacre by massacre.

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Thorough review of Palestinian genocide

Super thorough and informative! A lot of the same though: suffering on suffering. The last half was a bit difficult to get through, just had the "I know what's going to happen, more death, more destruction, more human rights atrocities". Everything blended together into one pool of suffering and cruelty. However, that's the reality.

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Learnt a lot of factual historical references

This book is great for anyone who wants to learn about the history & genocide that has taken place in Palestine by the hands of the Apartheid state. Also highlights the other government who are complicit in the ongoing ethnical cleansing of the indigenous Palestinians..

Israel is not a democracy but ‘the only Apartheid state in the Middle East’

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An eye opener!

This book is an interesting piece of history and certainly an eye opener. It describes the struggles of the Palastenians since WW2.

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The Root of the Conflict

The unfortunate struggle of the Palestinian people, who's rich history had been systematically wiped out, and their people cleansed, both by the killing of and also expulsion of them. The book tells of the events that happened in and around 1948, when European Zionist Jews came to settle on another people's (Palestinian Arab's) land, and how they managed to ethnically cleanse Palestine, village by village, town by town, person by person. It discusses the military plans, as well as actions taken and the influence of the terror groups (Haganah and Stern Gang) who were one of the main players in their ruthless cleansing of an innocent, people, acting as their military. Whether it was their use of flame throwers on some occasions against innocent women and children, poisoning of Palestinian water systems with typhoid on others, or just destruction of villages and housing and placing mines on ruins to prevent people coming back to collect the most basic and essential things, this book talks of the ruthlessness of these settlers when forming their new state, on top of a people who already lived there who had a rich history. I would highly recommend everyone to read/listen to this book, to get an understanding of what is the root cause of the issue in Palestine today.

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  • David H.
  • 23-03-19

Important history, very poor voice performance

This book, by a Jewish Israeli, documents the narrative that is rarely heard in the propaganda-flooded mainstream conversation about the history of Israel and Palestine. It provides an important historical analysis of what happened to the Palestinians during the Nakba, "the great catastrophe": the 1948 establishment of Israel. The book is best read in hardcopy or e-book format, because this audiobook version unfortunately suffers from an extremely poor voice performance. The narrator would have been suitable for a documentary film, but here, his performance is pedantic, overacted, and out of proportion to the material's format. His Sephardic Hebrew and Arabic pronunciations are exaggerated, artificial, and sometimes incorrect.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 26-05-22

Must read for everyone, Palestinian and Israeli alike

If anyone wants the answer to peace in the middle east, they must start with this book. They must understand what happened in 1948. They must understand why Palestinians are so hurt.

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  • joaquin
  • 22-04-22

History that must me known, and not forgotten

History that must me known, and not forgotten or hidden.
History that must me known, and not forgotten or hidden.

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  • Deawn
  • 05-12-21

A powerful and challenging read

I’m not going to get into the nuances of this book but I believe that the author has a deep knowledge of the challenges facing the situation and the credibility to back his argument. As a Jew who was raised to support the state of Israel and see Zionism as a means of survival, this read was incredibly difficult but necessary. I will warn that The author makes no attempt to see the actions of Zionist actors in any light other than somewhat malicious intent. This book has a strict focus on the events of 1948 and does not discuss Israeli Arab relationships prior to 1948 in anyway. I still have questions I need to learn more about the subject.
The hardest part of this audiobook for me was the reader used a weird Israeli impression when reading quotations from historical texts. I wish that this has been a straight read instead of doing these crude caricatures of Israeli accents.
Regardless, this is a very important book and any Zionist who completes the literature and has a problem with it should certainly find a way to dismantle the discussion in an academic setting

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  • CM
  • 01-09-21

One of the Best Books on Israel/Palestine

This book is full of historical facts — all backed up with footnotes and sited resources. I highly recommend this book to anyone wanting to know the truth.

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  • saleh
  • 01-09-21

Hidden dark side of Israel

The Story must be told, it have been hidden long enough, any sane human want this to finish and to treat all living palatinians fairly and trial for war crimes committed

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  • Mohd Allan
  • 16-06-21

A document for history

This book is a document for history, telling the story which media trying to hide, and looking to the future of colonization with a hint of solution..

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 04-06-21

Pappe; history; and his goal

Pappe’s book would be done if it were only the first two thirds, which documents his thesis.

That he glosses over many events and omits others is besides the point, because he does a good job documenting specific events and how it created the ethnic cleansing he describes.

But that ain’t enough for Pappe.

He spends a bizarre amount of time on the JNF, the Israeli mindset, and other topics.

Pappe is clearly upset at nearly every aspect of Israel, and it comes through, unlike, say, Raja Shehada, who describe crimes in an almost detached way.

Pappe is a polemicist and wants to be seen as such.

Oh, and he cites Wikipedia in the beginning, which is a trash way to start (or finish) a book.

It’s still worth a read.

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  • Samantha Leigh Almasi
  • 14-01-19

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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  • Steve
  • 14-05-19

Misses Key Historical Event

This book is written for pro Palistean/Arab perspective. Author conveniently fails to mention Mufti Haj Amin al-Husseini (Palestine's leader) support of German Nazis & Hitler.

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