Saturday, December 29, 2007
Ilan Pappe: the peace process means what piece of Palestine Israel is supposed to annex and what Bantustan is supposed to be given to the Arabs
Emanuela Irace, il manifesto - Translated by Diego Traversa, Peacepalestine
Italian Version: http://www.ilmanifesto.it/Quotidiano-archivio/23-Dicembre-2007/art36.html
"Ilan Pappe arrived in Italy without causing any sensational uproar. He is IEMASVO’s guest , at the ISIAO’s Roman venue , for a conference over Israel-Palestine. Title: "One land, two peoples".
After having denounced in recent months the impossibility of working peacefully in a hostile milieu, namely at Haifa University, Pappe moved to Britain where he now teaches at Exeter University. Historian of dissent, "revisionist", born in 1954 in Israel, son of Jews who fled from the Germany of the '30s, he has published a half dozen books. Amongst the most recent works there is "The ethnic cleansing of Palestine", not yet translated into Italian. The core of the exploration by the great historian is the Zionist policy comprised of deportations and compulsory expulsions carried out against the Palestinians during and after the 1948 war, when some 400 villages were evacuated, razed and destroyed in the space of five years.
Professor Pappe, you write of ethnic cleansing, in 1948, as the foundational moment of Israel. In this way you shatter the "topos" of the voluntary exile of the Palestinians......."