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The Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine

Written by: Ilan Pappe
Narrated by: Paul Boehmer
Length: 12 hrs and 40 mins
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Renowned Israeli historian Ilan Pappe's groundbreaking book revisits the formation of the State of Israel. Between 1947 and 1949, over 400 Palestinian villages were deliberately destroyed, civilians were massacred, and around a million men, women, and children were expelled from their homes at gunpoint.

Denied for almost six decades, had it happened today it could only have been called "ethnic cleansing." Decisively debunking the myth that the Palestinian population left of their own accord in the course of this war, Ilan Pappe offers impressive archival evidence to demonstrate that, from its very inception, a central plank in Israel's founding ideology was the forcible removal of the indigenous population. This is an indispensable book for anyone interested in the current crisis in the Middle East.

©2006 Ilan Pappe (P)2017 Tantor

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good book, bad performance.

why the hell is the narrator making voices for the people quoted?! and why the made up accent for pronouncing some of the names?

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  • Matt Bewley
  • 2018-05-28

Very pertinent history

Ilan pappe is a great historian and writer. He gives a lot of information that others have not written about in full.

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  • Danielta
  • 2019-02-06

Unfiltered truth: PALESTINE stolen by zionists

The oppressed became torturous oppressors! Happy to see the bald faced lies spread by israel checked by truthful and factual historical presentation! Boycott israel!! #BDS GIVE BACK PALESTINE TO THE TRUE PALESTINIANS!!!

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  • David H.
  • Washington, DC USA
  • 2019-03-23

Important history, very poor voice performance

This book, by a Jewish Israeli, documents the narrative that is rarely heard in the propaganda-flooded mainstream conversation about the history of Israel and Palestine. It provides an important historical analysis of what happened to the Palestinians during the Nakba, "the great catastrophe": the 1948 establishment of Israel. The book is best read in hardcopy or e-book format, because this audiobook version unfortunately suffers from an extremely poor voice performance. The narrator would have been suitable for a documentary film, but here, his performance is pedantic, overacted, and out of proportion to the material's format. His Sephardic Hebrew and Arabic pronunciations are exaggerated, artificial, and sometimes incorrect.

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  • Mark
  • 2018-12-27

Crucial for understanding Israel-Palestine today

The writing is mediocre, but the content is profound. The heavy use of primary sources from official Israeli military records and Israeli officer accounts support the authors argument for classifying the 1948 actions by the new state of Israel as a crime against humanity under international law. I admit I did not at all realize the extent to which Israel conducted a systematic ethnic cleansing operation at scale. For some in America, views of Israel get caught up in religious affinity for the Israelites of the Bible, instilling an instinctive loyalty to modern Israel as the keepers of the Holy Land. But this is romantic. The reality is Israel as a secular state created by Zionists with a blind eye if not license from the British to massacre, loot, and expel an entire population of Muslim and Christian Palestinians who had lived inhabited their land for generations. Each of us in our respective national identities has the responsibility to own up to our past injustices so we can move forward to a better future with integrity. God knows we Americans have many. In that spirit I encourage my Israeli friends to read this book and consider its implications in the hopes that the younger generations can reach resolution and peace. The first step is likely public acknowledgement of what really happened in 1948.

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  • Philip A. Frazier
  • Placerville, CA USA
  • 2018-06-26

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too slanted. And I am sympathetic to the Palestinian cause. Needs more balance. Good historical overview though.

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  • Campbell
  • Devon, United Kingdom
  • 2019-01-16

Fundamental read

The detail this book gives is fundamental to understanding the situation and history of the region.

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  • Samantha Leigh Almasi
  • Georgia
  • 2019-01-14

Very one sided and biased

Listened to it and I am really NOT a fan. Book is bashing Israel and is very one sided. Israel isn’t carrying out a policy of ethnic cleansing, within the green line over 30% of Israelis in northern Israel are Arabs. They are treated much better there than anywhere else in the Middle East. My family is originally from that region, Palestinian Christian and they left because of the violence perpetrated against them by their neighbors and NOT by the Israelis.

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  • Gilad Kurnas
  • 2018-06-25

Worst Audio Book Ever!

I am not even going to refer to the ludicrous allegations that the embittered, delusional Ilan Pappe makes in this attempt at making a name for himself through lies and slander. I want to draw the attention of potential listeners (even and especially those who have sympathy for Pappe's viewpoint), to the absolutely abysmal performance by Paul Boehmer who narrates the book. Why on earth he was selected is a mystery to me. His rather scholarly voice is fine until he reaches the first Hebrew or Arabic word. Butchery is a kind description and he could be forgiven if his ineptitude was consistent, but the man goes on to slaughter the same name in many cases in four or even five versions, each more jarring on the ear than the previous one.
Stay away from this book and this narrator at all costs!

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