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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, World
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (51 ratings)

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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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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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A very emotional read.

After reading the book, I found
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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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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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • valwiggs
  • 02-05-21

a enlightening point if read dialogically

There was a lot of history to go through and it took awhile. But it presents a different point of view to the Israeli Palestinian issue than is commonly heard or understood in the United States. This kind of understanding of each other's point of view is essential if dialogue is to ever bring about peace in this "hunger games" of a world. May in this one example dialogue And understanding win.

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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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  • Gilad Kurnas
  • 25-06-18

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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  • Matt Bewley
  • 28-05-18

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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  • Philip A. Frazier
  • 26-06-18

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

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  • Mark
  • 27-12-18

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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