HARDtalk speaks to Israeli historian,Ilan Pappe who says the record shows that Israel was born of a pre-meditated, deliberate programme of ethnic cleansing.
On BBC’s news program Hardtalk, historian Dr Ilan Pappe answers questions from interviewer Stephen Sackur which begins with Mr Sackur describing Ilan Pappe as maintaining that the Jewish state is racist, born of a deliberate program of ethnic cleansing. This is a very interesting discussion, which takes the form of an adversarial debate.
Two topics were addressed:
1) “was there premeditated ethnic cleansing in 1948 as opposed to a wartime situation in which the expulsion of the Palestinian population was incidental”, as Benny Morris claims, and
2) “was the evacuation of the Palestinians justified or moral”, as Benny Morris again claims. The adversarial nature of the discussion was essentially a debate between Pappe and Morris, with Mr Sackur playing the role of Benny Morris.
Whatever the history of the Jews and the relation of Jewish culture to the Zionist movement, the ethnic cleansing of Palestine in 1948 by European Jews is a cold hard fact as revealed primarily by the opening of Israeli military achieves from 1948 and carefully explored and revealed by Dr Pappe as well as Morris, Flapan, Masalha, and a few others.
Dr Pappe’s book. The Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine, published in 2006 is based on that primary research, and remains the most recent and most important explication of the events in Palestine of 1948. Pappe’s focus as a researcher, was directly relevant to the two issues up for discussion in the debate.
Dr. Pappe is widely reviled in his home country. He’s been living in exile in the U.K. Before he left Israel in 2008, he had been condemned in the Knesset, Israel’s parliament; a minister of education had called for him to be sacked; his photograph had appeared in a newspaper at the centre of a target; and he had received several death threats (wiki).