Ten Myths about Israel
Pappe, IlanPublisher: Verso Books
Year Published: 2017
Pages: 192pp Resource Type: Book
Cx Number: CX24619
In this book published on the fiftieth anniversary of the Occupation, the outspoken and radical Israeli historian Ilan Pappe examines the most contested ideas concerning the origins and identity of the contemporary state of Israel.
In this groundbreaking book, published on the fiftieth anniversary of the Occupation, the outspoken and radical Israeli historian Ilan Pappe examines the most contested ideas concerning the origins and identity of the contemporary state of Israel.
The 'ten myths' that Pappe explores -- repeated endlessly in the media, enforced by the military, accepted without question by the world's governments -- reinforce the regional status quo. He explores the claim that Palestine was an empty land at the time of the Balfour Declaration, as well as the formation of Zionism and its role in the early decades of nation building. He asks whether the Palestinians voluntarily left their homeland in 1948, and whether June 1967 was a war of 'no choice.' Turning to the myths surrounding the failures of the Camp David Accords and the official reasons for the attacks on Gaza, Pappe explains why the two-state solution is no longer viable.
Part I. Fallacies of the Past
1. Palestine Was an Empty Land
2. The Jews Were a People Without a Land
3. Zionism is Judaism
4. Zionism is Not Colonialism
5. The Palestinians Voluntarily Left Their Homeland in 1948
6. The June 1967 War Was a War of "No Choice"
Part II: Fallacies of the Present
7. Israel Is the Only Democracy in the Middle East
8. The Oslo Mythologies
9. The Gaza Mythologies
Part III: Loking Ahead
10.The Two-States Solution Is the Only Way Forward
Conclusion: The Settler Colonial State of Israel in the Twenty-First Century