Ilan Pappe - The Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine - Staff & Student Seminar
- When: 17th September
- Time: 1:00pm - 2:00pm
- Location: Central Lecture Block (CLB) Theatre 6, UNSW Kensington
Abstract: Ilan Pappé is one of Israel's New Historians who, since the declassification of Israeli archival material in the early 1980s, have been rewriting the history of Israel's creation in 1948 and the expulsion or flight of 700,000 Palestinians in the same year. In 2006 he published 'The Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine' which argued that the expulsions were not borne of war as other historians have suggested, but were by design according to Plan Dalet drawn up in 1947 by Israel's future leaders. “The story of the ethnic cleansing of Palestine is a crime against humanity that Israel has wanted to deny and the world has wanted to forget” Pappe writes. He argues that “a painful journey into the past is the only way forward if we want to create a better future for us all, Israeli and Palestinians alike”.
Ilan Pappé (born 1954 in Haifa, Israel) is an Israeli historian, currently a professor with the College of Social Sciences and International Studies at the University of Exeter in the United Kingdom, director of the university's European Centre for Palestine Studies, co-director of the Exeter Centre for Ethno-Political Studies.
He was formerly a senior lecturer in political science at the University of Haifa (1984–2007) and chair of the Emil Touma Institute for Palestinian and Israeli Studies in Haifa (2000–2008).
At the age of 18, he was drafted into the Israel Defense Forces, serving in the Golan Heights during the 1973 Yom Kippur War. He graduated from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem in 1978, and in 1984 obtained his PhD in history from the University of Oxford, under the guidance of Arab historian Albert Hourani and Roger Owen. His doctoral thesis became his first book, Britain and the Arab-Israeli Conflict.
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