The Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine

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  • Copyright: 9/7/2007
  • Publisher: Oneworld Publications

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The 1948 Israeli War of Independence involved one of the largest forced migrations in modern history. Around a million people were expelled from their homes at gunpoint, civilians were massacred, and hundreds of Palestinian villages destroyed. Denied for almost six decades, had it happened today it could only have been called "ethnic cleansing".

Author Biography

Ilan Pappe holds the Chair in Hisotry at the University of Exeter and is Academic Director of the Research Insitute for Peace at Givat Haviva and Chair of the Emil Touma Institute for Palestinian Studies, Haifa. He is also author of the bestselling A History of Modern Palestine (Cambridge), The Modern Middle East (Routledge), and The Israel/Palestine Question (Routledge).

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations, Maps and Tablesp. viii
Acknowledgementsp. ix
Prefacep. xi
An 'Alleged' Ethnic Cleansing?p. 1
Definitions of Ethnic Cleansingp. 1
Ethnic Cleansing as a Crimep. 5
Reconstructing an Ethnic Cleansingp. 7
The Drive for an Exclusively Jewish Statep. 10
Zionism's Ideological Motivationp. 10
Military Preparationsp. 15
The Village Filesp. 17
Facing the British: 1945-1947p. 22
David Ben-Gurion: The Architectp. 23
Partition and Destruction: UN Resolution 181 and its Impactp. 29
Palestine's Populationp. 29
The UN's Partition Planp. 31
The Arab and Palestinian Positionsp. 33
The Jewish Reactionp. 35
The Consultancy Begins its Workp. 37
Finalising A Master Planp. 39
The Methodology of Cleansingp. 39
The Changing Mood in the Consultancy: From Retaliation to Intimidationp. 52
December 1947: Early Actionsp. 55
January 1948: Farewell to Retaliationp. 60
The Long Seminar: 31 December-2 Januaryp. 61
February 1948: Shock and Awep. 72
March: Putting the Finishing Touches to the Blueprintp. 80
The Blueprint for Ethnic Cleansing: Plan Daletp. 86
Operation Nachshon: The First Plan Dalet Operationp. 87
The Urbicide of Palestinep. 91
The Cleansing Continuesp. 103
Succumbing to a Superior Powerp. 114
Arab Reactionsp. 115
Towards the 'Real War'p. 123
The Phony War and the Real War over Palestine: May 1948p. 127
Days of Tihurp. 131
The Massacre at Tanturap. 133
The Brigades 'Trail of Bloodp. 138
Campaigns of Revengep. 141
The Escalation of the Cleansing Operations: June-September 1948p. 146
The First Trucep. 148
Operation Palm Treep. 154
In Between Trucesp. 156
The Truce that Wasn'tp. 173
Completing the Job: October 1948-January 1949p. 179
Operation Hiramp. 180
Israel's Anti-Repatriation Policyp. 187
A Mini Empire in the Makingp. 191
Final Cleansing of the South and the Eastp. 193
The Massacre in Dawaymehp. 195
Occupation and its Ugly Facesp. 199
Inhuman Imprisonmentp. 200
Abuses Under Occupationp. 204
Dividing the Spoilsp. 211
Desecration of Holy Sitesp. 216
Entrenching the Occupationp. 219
The Memoricide of the Nakbap. 225
The Reinvention of Palestinep. 225
Virtual Colonialism and the JNFp. 227
The JNF Resort Parks in Israelp. 229
Nakba Denial and the 'Peace Process'p. 235
First Attempts at Peacep. 237
The Exclusion of 1948 from the Peace Processp. 239
The Right of Returnp. 241
Fortress Israelp. 248
The 'Demographic Problem'p. 249
Epiloguep. 257
Endnotesp. 262
Chronologyp. 282
Maps and Tablesp. 288
Bibliographyp. 296
Indexp. 301
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