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Myth: Ethnic Cleansing in Palestine

Posted by Atilla89 on August 22, 2007

For those that have argued against anti-Semitics and anti-Zionists (they are one and the same in my mind), may have come up against historians such as Ilan Pappe and Noam Chomsky. These people can be defeated, however if one is not well versed in Middle East history, specifically Israeli history then they are difficult to defeat. This article from FrontPage Magazine should serve as an aid to to the mistaken belief of Ethnic Cleansing taking place in Israel (against the Palestinians).

It has become fashionable in recent decades to frame the 1948 war as one in which the Arabs were victims of Zionist aggression. Anti-Zionist scholars such as Noam Chomsky, Rashid Khalidi and Ilan Pappe have presented the war as if the only important events were Deir Yassin and the flight or expulsion of Arabs from Haifa, Acre, Tiberias, west Jerusalem, Jaffa and numerous villages.

In this context, Ilan Pappe’s work deserves special attention. He was born to a German Jewish family in Haifa in 1954. The former senior lecturer in the University of Haifa’s Department of Political Science recently announced he was moving to the UK because it had become “increasingly difficult to live in Israel” with his “unwelcome views and convictions.”

These views are those of the “new historians” – leftist scholars who in the 1980s began to reinterpret Israeli and Palestinian history. He is the author of six works on the history of the Israeli-Arab conflict and the Middle East. In his recently released book The Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine, Pappe claims that Israel prepared a special plan for the ethnic cleansing of Palestine’s Arab population known as Plan D for dalet. Pappe’s “evidence” is derived from his interpretations of files found in the Hagana and Israel state archives.

One of his most damning pieces of evidence is the village surveys carried out by the Hagana’s intelligence units. These surveys go into minute detail about many Arab villages, including the number of armed men, the mukhtar and any anti-Jewish activity in the village. Pappe lends further evidence to his thesis by showing that Jewish forces, whether Hagana, Irgun or Lehi, attacked Arab villages even before the declaration of the state on May 15, 1948.

But Pappe makes one egregious mistake. He never bothers to ask the same question of the Arabs he does of the Jews: What about their lists, their intelligence reports and their ethnic-cleansing plans? What were Arab intentions in the five months between the passage of the UN partition plan on November 29, 1947, and the birth of Israel?

Read the rest here.

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One Response to “Myth: Ethnic Cleansing in Palestine”

  1. Jeffrey Levine said

    This tactic is true with every Arabist I engage in discussion. They will say that the Jews stole land from the “Palestinians.” Purposely, they never mention the expulsion of hundreds of thousands of Jews from Arab countries after the war of iindeoendence and the land an businesses that belonged to the Jews and were summarily confiscated.

    Arab propaganda presents the Arab as the only victim. It is unfortunate when people like Pappe hate their own group and constantly produce worls that perpetuate the lies about Jews and Israel.

    Jews today are mourning the death of Raul Hilberg. We will dance and celebrate, when the likes of Chomsky, Pappe, Finklestein, et. al. are gone.

    Excellent article!

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