The Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine

Ilan Pappé

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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. Indispensable for anyone interested in the current crisis in the Middle East.


'A major intervention in an argument that will, and must, continue. There's no hope of lasting Middle East peace while the ghosts of 1948 still walk.'


'Along with the late Edward Said, Ilan Pappe is the most eloquent writer of Palestinian history.'

 New Statesman

'Pappe has opened up an important new line of inquiry into the vast and fateful subject of the Palestinian refugees. His book is rewarding in other ways. It has at times an elegiac, even sentimental, character, recalling the lost, obliterated life of the Palestinian Arabs and imagining or regretting what Pappe believes could have been a better land of Palestine.'

 Times Literary Supplement

'Ilan Pappe is Israel's bravest, most principled, most incisive historian.'

 John Pilger - director of The War on Democracy and author of Freedom Next Time

'Superb account of how, and why, Palestinians were driven out of their homes.'

 Socialist Review

'Pappe’s book is an essential read for anyone trying to understand the politics and history of the Middle East.'

 Frontline Magazine (an Independent Marxist review from Scotland)

'Leading Israeli historian Ilan Pappe delves into his country's bloodied past in search of answers in the present.'

 Morning Star

'Pappe is one of the brave few voices to stand up and be counted in the oppressive atmosphere of Israeli society. Pappe's book is a searing account of the horrific brutality perpetrated during the birth of the state of Israel.'

 Morning Star

'Pappe is well positioned to lob a grenade such as this one into the twin worlds of Middle Eastern studies and politics. Pappe's book should shock and shame the academic world'

 Arab Banker

'Pappe's ethical clarity and humane vision permeate The Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine... Given the meticulous research and compelling moral imperative embodied in The Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine, Zionism itself may be in trouble.'

 Race and Class

'Pappe offers a scorching indictment of Israel's treatment of the Palestinian people in The Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine.'


'A bold expose of Israel's purge of its Arab population in the early years of its existence. It should be read by anyone wanting to grasp the seemingly unfathomable background to the Israel-Palestine conflict. Pappe himself should be supported and applauded.'

 Morning Star

'Ilan Pappe's The Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine is a vital contribution to the scholarship from these new historians… Pappe forever puts to rest any doubt that Palestinians were systematically and brutally expelled from their homeland.'

 Against the Current (An independent socialist organisation)

'Pappe’s book will command attention.'

 Washington Report on Middle East Affairs

'Superb account of how, and why, Palestinians were driven out of their homes. Pappe explains why there can be no peace until this crime has been acknowledged and redressed.'

 Scottish Review

'The organization of the material in this book leaves almost nothing to be desired. The twelve sections substantially challenge and considerably undermine the ostensibly convincing Israeli discourse on the refugees question and the 1984 events.'

 Arab Studies Quarterly

'Shocking, telling and illuminating.'


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