The Idea of Israel A History of Power and Knowledge PDF

The Idea of Israel A History of Power and Knowledge PDF


The Idea of Israel A History of Power and Knowledge ❴Reading❵ ➹ The Idea of Israel A History of Power and Knowledge Author Ilan Pappé – Capitalsoftworks.co.uk Since its foundation in 1948 Israel has drawn on Zionism the movement behind its creation to provide a sense of self and political direction In this groundbreaking new work Ilan Pappé looks at the co Since its of Israel MOBI ☆ foundation in Israel has drawn on Zionism the movement behind its creation to provide a sense of self and political direction In this groundbreaking new work Ilan Pappé looks at the continued role of Zionist ideology The Idea of Israel The Idea PDF/EPUB or considers the way Zionism operates outside of the government and military in areas such as the country’s education system media and cinema and the uses that are made of the Holocaust in supporting the state’s ideological structureIn particular Pappé examines the way successive generations Idea of Israel PDF/EPUB ê of historians have framed the conflict as a liberation campaign creating a foundation myth that went unuestioned in Israeli society until the s Pappé himself Idea of Israel A History ePUB ´ was part of the post Zionist movement that arose then He was attacked and received death threats as Idea of Israel A History ePUB ´ he exposed the truth about how Palestinians have been treated and the gruesome structure that links the production of knowledge to the exercise of power The Idea of Israel is a powerful and urgent intervention in the war of ideas concerning the past and the future of the Palestinian–Israeli conflict.


10 thoughts on “The Idea of Israel A History of Power and Knowledge

  1. Christy Christy says:

    Most useful in understanding the US conflicted yet dedicated relationship to Zionism It explains how evangelical Christianity in the US came to endorse Zionism Israeli historians will need to respond to his broad brush criticism of their work but he makes uite plausible arguments how the contemporary history of Israel is white washed not so different than that in the US of course at the service of the power of a nation stateBack when I read this I believed my hunch possible that the most racist of Jews against Palestinians right now aren't the Israelis in the settlements but the US expats there As a long time anti racist worker in US schools this would make sense to me The unconscious race bias that all Whites are stepped in in the US has an outlet in the Holy Land I wonder? I can't wait to go to I P next year and see for myself


  2. Kaelan Ratcliffe▪Κάϊλαν Ράτκλιφ▪كايِلان راتكِليف Kaelan Ratcliffe▪Κάϊλαν Ράτκλιφ▪كايِلان راتكِليف says:

    Brand Israel A few weeks into reading this book two Israelis both male saw it open in my hands whilst we were travelling on a train into central London They were visiting the capital for a few days and to be frank were pretty surprised to see someone reading about their country seeing as I was to find out they were fresh off the plane from Heathrow In all honesty I handled the encounter terribly I wasn't truthful about the books content as well as my feelings toward the Israeli government The treatment of certain minority groups within Israeli society; it's historic stance toward the Palestinian people; and it's continued aggression toward criticism; all these topics went unmentioned Perhaps it was my fear of what would happen seeing as I was for the first time face to face with two men late 20's mid 30's who were from Israel I know most young Male and Female citizens of Israel see time in the IDF and as such I assumed I wouldn't stand a chance physically if anything got heated not that I assumed they would do such a thing but I'm a natural worrier However in reality I don't believe this is a good enough excuse One should stick to his her principles especially in the face of others who might disagree Despite that shame I hope to see the experience as a learning curve for the future One things for certain I highly doubt they would have been as friendly if they'd known what this book was about Another aspect I took from this conversation is to be honest in my convictions regarding what I see and hear about the world around me As such I won't hold back from how I feel regarding what I know about the state of Israel from this point forwardI had no plans to read this book; at least not this year However a uick stop off at a bookshop in central London that deals in pretty hard Left material changed that fact pretty uickly As such this is my first read through of anything by Ilan Pappe which wasn't a bad thing as I've wanted to read his work for uite some time As it stands I'm really glad I picked up The Idea of Israel The short and short of this book goes as follows If you want to understand the alternative history of Israel one full of dissident academics poets writers and filmmakers then this is the book for you In fact this is important enough of a read for me to suggest anyone interested in understanding Israel beyond the propaganda the state foreign affairs department churn out picking this upWhat Pappe traces through the pages of this text is the rise fall and almost steroid like resurrection of the Idea of Israel From classical Zion colonial beginnings through to the post Zionist period in which many re examined just exactly what the state stood for and finally to what we have now; Neo Zionism A jacked up dangerously celebratory militaristic society that practically admonishes anything or anyone left of Genghis Khan Whats worse the state is looking ethnocentric and Eurocentric by the year A recent interview by Abby Martin as part of the Empire Files with Israeli citizens only shows how much the pendulum has swung toward rampant nationalism and racist views regarding the 'other' PLEASE see links in commentHow Pappe does this is by examining everything outside of the military and government Historians Artists filmmakers and musicians are all under the microscope in these pages What tapestry the chapters weave gives a clear example of how history is made to fit a states current agenda Distortion or refusal of other strands of history in this case the Palestinians are but a few points of this issue One chilling example is how as Pappe explains classical Historians of Zionism would look to ignore or omit certain aspects of Palestinian history ethnic cleansing for example in previous decades whereas now the new curriculum and history sees that same history laid bare but simply justified as 'right' It's hard to explain but it's a new state guided history that almost takes on messianic proportions with regards to Israels existence I hope others picks this book up It's incredibly relevant to today Note I understand not all Israelis agree with the state of Israel in it's current form However as I understand especially after reading this book there are few and far between major dissidents that uestion the mere concept of Israel as an entity and Zionism as a whole within the general population of the Israel itself at least vocally As such seeing as this is exactly what the author is does I find it hard to believe the men in front of me would have agreed with my stance on the state as well as the subject of the book


  3. Ayala Levinger Ayala Levinger says:

    you must read this book if you think your TRL is too short I already added so many books referenced in this yet another excellent book of prop Ilan Pappe because the I read the I realize there is so much I don't knowAlso we lefties 😜 sometimes have the feeling that maybe we are exaggerating when we say we feel israel becomes and shamelesly racist we wonder maybe it was always that bad and it is either we who see now that we are woke or social median makes everything surface but even historians noticed changes I was mostly intrigued by the chapter about the neo zionist and how zionist history nowdays doesn't deny events that were totally absent from history books before not only they are willing to talk and name things that are considered crimes they justify them glorify them and express regret that the ethnical cleaning wasn't completed when there was less backlash that's an amazing shiftit is not just in our head after all


  4. Sam Bahour Sam Bahour says:

    This book will go down in history as a monumental recording of the Israeli History Industry for generations to come At its core the book is a snapshot into a decade of inner Israeli dynamics from 1990 to 2000 when the basic assumptions that Israel propagated for decades about how the ‘miracle’ of Israel came into being started to be challenged The history of how this decade was reached is as fascinating as how horrific has been its aftermathExcept for its last chapter this book is not for everyone Israeli historian Ilan Pappe takes the reader through the maze of knowledge creation in Israel and how that journey has interacted with power The invaluable intellectual contribution and framing that Professor Pappe provides cannot be overstated He documents for all serious researchers who follow how the dust or like blood of Israel’s foundational moment has yet to settle The events in and around 1948 that led to the creation of Israel and the colossal loss of Palestine were such a historic tragedy that even the well oiled Israeli and Zionist public relations machines have been unable get traction to settle the historic accountIn today’s messy and distracted world those who write or for that matter make films and movies produce theater and art compose music write poetry and the like freuently have a moment when they uestion the value of their creative works Well Professor Pappe makes it abundantly clear where all these creative works fall in the bigger picture and why it is of utmost importance that we never lose sight that every progressive act of creativity which speaks truth to power is a data point towards rectifying the injustices of the world When the injustice is the source of a nation’s creation the process of correction is excruciatingly slow but inevitable if strategically addressedThe last chapter of The Idea of Israel is titled “Brand Israel 2013” This is a brief but shockingly telling account of how much money and brain power Israel is willing to dump into a bottomless bucket while trying to force feed a fabrication into mainstream knowledge The notion of actually correcting the historic mistakes any of them is not even consideredAs I noted above the book is not for everyone;If you are an Israeli and are a product of the Israeli education system especially under the age of 40 read this bookIf you are a Jewish American and have been blindly consuming your institutional mainstream “idea of Israel” read this bookIf you are a US lawmaker writing the annual checks to Israel and playing jack in the box every time the Israeli prime minister speaks in the Congress read this bookIf you are a Palestinian who thinks Israelis are not worth engaging because they all know the history read this bookMy hat is off again to Professor and friend Ilan Pappe for an invaluable contribution to peace with justiceHappy purposeful reading###


  5. Gina Gina says:

    This is book is a must read for anyone who like me has found themselves increasingly disturbed by the Pro Israel propaganda pumped out by the MSM in this country Some of what I read I vaguely knew about but a great deal of it was a revelation even for me a person who likes to believe she is well read But where Israel is concerned unless you actively seek alternative news sources and New Historians such as Ilan Pappe you will most likely remain in ignorance And that is to Israel's benefit and humanity's loss Sad to say most of America languishes in profound ignorance on this deeply troubling topic My heart goes out to the Palestinian people and what they continually endure But Zionism hurts everyone You will learn in this book if you didn't already know just how far reaching the effects of Zionism go Israel appears to be purposely destabilizing the Middle East for it's own twisted gain Anti Semitism is on the rise in Europe thanks largely to the rogue state of Israel and it's murderous policies Ordinary folks who happen to be Jewish but have no connection to Zionism are being affected Americans have blood on our hands because of our unwavering and uite costly tax payer fundedsupport then we wonder why we are eually despised throughout the region? And we are utterly amazed when it comes home to roostIf you would like to understand the true history of racist Zionism in Israel and the truth about the Palestinian refugees and the Nakba with all the official propaganda stripped away you would do well to pick up this eye opening book


  6. Domhnall Domhnall says:

    I found this a very dense and demanding book but rewarding It is not so much a history of Israel as a history of Israeli culture and therefore also of Zionism an ideological system which motivated and enabled both religious and secular Jews since the 1880s to set about colonising a large part of Palestine and displacing its Palestinian population in order to establish and defend an exclusively Jewish state Throughout the period of expansion which continues today the Jewish settlers have entertained a highly selective and frankly dishonest account of their activities which only a limited number of historians or writers and later film makers were prepared to uestion The book describes the work of this minority It shows that after some early examples of independent minded academics this reached its peak in the 1980s and 1990s with a movement known as the Post Zionists who challenged many of the myths on which Zionism relied and interposed accurate and complex accounts of their history They exposed the racism of the early settlers They demonstrated that the 1948 War of Independence from what? was not at all an existential war of survival against a massed assault from surrounding Arab states; indeed the Zionists were always the dominant military force in that war and their neighbours were neither united against them nor unwilling to reach an agreement They exposed efforts by the Zionists to form an alliance of sorts with Nazi Germany against the British They exposed the way Zionists manipulated the World's reaction to the Holocaust to its own advantage and continue to do so to this day They showed how many Jews were obliged to come to Israel against their wishes and challenged the racist treatment of Jewish Arabs driven to Israel from Ira and North Africa They exposed the violent process of ethnic cleansing by which nearly a million Palestinians were forcibly and violently ejected from their homes and land to become refugees and the mistreatment of Palestinians who remained in Israel under military rule from 1948 to 1967 Yet ultimately they were never strong enough to overcome the Zionist narrative and since 2000 and the Second Intifada Israel has succumbed to arguably an even nationalistic and militarist version which he calls Neo Zionism and the people of Israel display an ever reducing interest in critical discussion of their mythology The book reviews near its end the imposition of a totally ideological educational system that will secure a new generation of even committed and even less self critical Zionists It closes with an examination of Brand Israel an effort to respond to what is seen as an international campaign by Israel's enemies to deligitimize Israel The only basis for optimism is the evident vast chasm between the ideology and the reality which is surely not sustainable any longer than it may suit the Americans to support the illusion A pariah state with an apartheid regime is not going to have a future indefinitely and change has to come Constantly appealing to the fear of annihilation is not a realistic or honest basis for planning a national strategy At some point Israelis must deal with the truth


  7. Mandy Mandy says:

    Since its foundation in 1948 Israel has based its very existence on one paramount idea – Zionism It uses this idea for its justification continued existence and political direction In this important and controversial examination of the very idea of Israel Ilan Pappé studies the way Israel has used the key concepts of Zionism which often distort the truth to manipulate the facts which often results in damaging assumptions and even fabrications Myths and distortions have become accepted as historical truth and generations of academics and historians have framed events in a way that is always favourable to Israel In opposition a post Zionist movement grew up and uestioned the adherence to this orthodoxy and began to expose the truth about Israel’s attitude to and treatment of the Palestinians whose land had been expropriated Golda Meir once expressed the view that the Palestinians could never be forgiven for what they had “forced” the Israelis to do to found their state and it is often asserted that all anti Israel actions must be considered terrorism All attacks on Israel are considered totally unprovoked and unjustified and Zionists use not only the government and the military but also culture education and the media to reinforce this view Pappé attempts here to uestion this orthodoxy and the result is a thoroughly researched and very detailed analysis of Zionist ideology and its often fatal conseuences A thought provoking and deeply disturbing book I found this challenge to the mainstream idea of Israel deeply fascinating and enlightening and recommend it to anyone interested in the Israeli Palestinian conflict Pappé is an Israeli historian and social activist who supports a one state solution for his country


  8. Martin Martin says:

    I started this book in June without knowing that it would become increasingly relevant to current affairs as the summer progressed I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in learning about the history of Israel and indeed importantly the history of the historiography of Israel This book gives depth to what can often be a very reductionist portrayal of Israel in the media by tracing the history of how Zionist leaders manipulated and established foundational myths and nationalist narratives which bolstered the state of Israel's uest for legitimacy as well as maintained control over the narrative with the help of the media and academia The book's author is one of a group of authors known as the Post Zionists who during the 1990's produced numerous critical works uestioning the established Zionist narrative of the founding and the history of Israel and Zionism Especially informative for someone who was only born in the 90's the author traces the rise of these revisionist academics the author is careful not to use the term 'revisionist' to describe the Post Zionists however as it has different connotations within Israeli acadaemia from early pioneer historians in the 50's and 60's to the 'glory days' of the 90's when such academic pluralism and critical revisionism reached its peak Especially valuable was learning that the Israel I have known since the early 2000's was in fact not representative of the entire history of Israel the Post Zionist era which lasted at most two decades having ended around 2000 and that what now prevails is what the author terms the domination of the 'Neo Zionists' a reaction to the criticism and pluralism of the 90's The epilogue details how now that academia and politics had been firmly 're captured' from the Post Zionist outburst in the past five years or so Israel has turned to branding and marketing itself abroad as if it were a commercial product in order to improve its international image Having been in contact with at least the far peripheral ripples of this concerted campaign this segment was also of particular interest and relevancy There is too much in this book to summarise and all of it is well informed researched and cited Again I wouldn't hesitate to recommend it to anyone looking to learn about how Israel is the state it is today and Zionism's role in shaping that process particularly if as the saying goes the goal is to 'know thy enemy' Aside from tracing an important but short episode in the history of Israel and I would say widely unknown to those of my generation Pappe also smashes uite a few myths and common arguments fielded by Israel in defence of its policies against Palestinians


  9. Marcy Marcy says:

    Simply brilliant Although there isn't necessarily any new historical archival research in this book it is a wonderful overview of Israeli historiography from the colony's inception to the present moment It was uite interesting to see how little impact the New Historians have had on Israeli society or academia Although one important development was the fact that the nakba could no longer be ignored Now it is merely justified by Zionist historians But while this new understanding of Israel's proclivity to ethnically cleanse Palestine may not have led to substantial changes politically or in other ways it certainly has contributed to the fear Israel has of becoming a state of all its citizens hence no longer the farce of a Jewish and democratic state He culminates this discussion with an overview of the Brand Israel campaign that has been the primary vehicle for Israel to combat the world's response to learning the truth about Israel's history It's a great book to begin one's journey into this historical trajectory and it's a refreshing read for those who are uite familiar with it Finally the journey through this historiography highlights the ways in which Israeli academia is complicit in distorting or manipulating historical evidence to keep Palestinian refugees from returning to their land among other things Thus the volume also provides people active in the Boycott Divestment and Sanctions movement with a lot of ammunition to show precisely how the academia participates in this project and why it needs to be boycotted


  10. Jason von Meding Jason von Meding says:

    A great book to read if you want to understand the evolution of Zionist thought over time and how it has adapted to challenges to Israel’s foundational myths and “classical Zionism” I hadn’t realised how much momentum divergent intellectuals gathered in the 90s post Zionism and I have mostly observed the backlash neo Zionism since then Pappe really situates this book in elements of culture and I appreciated his insights into “Brand Israel” and its battle with the BDS movement


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10 thoughts on “The Idea of Israel A History of Power and Knowledge

  1. Christy Christy says:

    Most useful in understanding the US conflicted yet dedicated relationship to Zionism It explains how evangelical Christianity in the US came to endorse Zionism Israeli historians will need to respond to his broad brush criticism of their work but he makes uite plausible arguments how the contemporary history of Israel is white washed not so different than that in the US of course at the service of the power of a nation stateBack when I read this I believed my hunch possible that the most racist of Jews against Palestinians right now aren't the Israelis in the settlements but the US expats there As a long time anti racist worker in US schools this would make sense to me The unconscious race bias that all Whites are stepped in in the US has an outlet in the Holy Land I wonder? I can't wait to go to I P next year and see for myself

  2. Kaelan Ratcliffe▪Κάϊλαν Ράτκλιφ▪كايِلان راتكِليف Kaelan Ratcliffe▪Κάϊλαν Ράτκλιφ▪كايِلان راتكِليف says:

    Brand Israel A few weeks into reading this book two Israelis both male saw it open in my hands whilst we were travelling on a train into central London They were visiting the capital for a few days and to be frank were pretty surprised to see someone reading about their country seeing as I was to find out they were fresh off the plane from Heathrow In all honesty I handled the encounter terribly I wasn't truthful about the books content as well as my feelings toward the Israeli government The treatment of certain minority groups within Israeli society; it's historic stance toward the Palestinian people; and it's continued aggression toward criticism; all these topics went unmentioned Perhaps it was my fear of what would happen seeing as I was for the first time face to face with two men late 20's mid 30's who were from Israel I know most young Male and Female citizens of Israel see time in the IDF and as such I assumed I wouldn't stand a chance physically if anything got heated not that I assumed they would do such a thing but I'm a natural worrier However in reality I don't believe this is a good enough excuse One should stick to his her principles especially in the face of others who might disagree Despite that shame I hope to see the experience as a learning curve for the future One things for certain I highly doubt they would have been as friendly if they'd known what this book was about Another aspect I took from this conversation is to be honest in my convictions regarding what I see and hear about the world around me As such I won't hold back from how I feel regarding what I know about the state of Israel from this point forwardI had no plans to read this book; at least not this year However a uick stop off at a bookshop in central London that deals in pretty hard Left material changed that fact pretty uickly As such this is my first read through of anything by Ilan Pappe which wasn't a bad thing as I've wanted to read his work for uite some time As it stands I'm really glad I picked up The Idea of Israel The short and short of this book goes as follows If you want to understand the alternative history of Israel one full of dissident academics poets writers and filmmakers then this is the book for you In fact this is important enough of a read for me to suggest anyone interested in understanding Israel beyond the propaganda the state foreign affairs department churn out picking this upWhat Pappe traces through the pages of this text is the rise fall and almost steroid like resurrection of the Idea of Israel From classical Zion colonial beginnings through to the post Zionist period in which many re examined just exactly what the state stood for and finally to what we have now; Neo Zionism A jacked up dangerously celebratory militaristic society that practically admonishes anything or anyone left of Genghis Khan Whats worse the state is looking ethnocentric and Eurocentric by the year A recent interview by Abby Martin as part of the Empire Files with Israeli citizens only shows how much the pendulum has swung toward rampant nationalism and racist views regarding the 'other' PLEASE see links in commentHow Pappe does this is by examining everything outside of the military and government Historians Artists filmmakers and musicians are all under the microscope in these pages What tapestry the chapters weave gives a clear example of how history is made to fit a states current agenda Distortion or refusal of other strands of history in this case the Palestinians are but a few points of this issue One chilling example is how as Pappe explains classical Historians of Zionism would look to ignore or omit certain aspects of Palestinian history ethnic cleansing for example in previous decades whereas now the new curriculum and history sees that same history laid bare but simply justified as 'right' It's hard to explain but it's a new state guided history that almost takes on messianic proportions with regards to Israels existence I hope others picks this book up It's incredibly relevant to today Note I understand not all Israelis agree with the state of Israel in it's current form However as I understand especially after reading this book there are few and far between major dissidents that uestion the mere concept of Israel as an entity and Zionism as a whole within the general population of the Israel itself at least vocally As such seeing as this is exactly what the author is does I find it hard to believe the men in front of me would have agreed with my stance on the state as well as the subject of the book

  3. Ayala Levinger Ayala Levinger says:

    you must read this book if you think your TRL is too short I already added so many books referenced in this yet another excellent book of prop Ilan Pappe because the I read the I realize there is so much I don't knowAlso we lefties 😜 sometimes have the feeling that maybe we are exaggerating when we say we feel israel becomes and shamelesly racist we wonder maybe it was always that bad and it is either we who see now that we are woke or social median makes everything surface but even historians noticed changes I was mostly intrigued by the chapter about the neo zionist and how zionist history nowdays doesn't deny events that were totally absent from history books before not only they are willing to talk and name things that are considered crimes they justify them glorify them and express regret that the ethnical cleaning wasn't completed when there was less backlash that's an amazing shiftit is not just in our head after all

  4. Sam Bahour Sam Bahour says:

    This book will go down in history as a monumental recording of the Israeli History Industry for generations to come At its core the book is a snapshot into a decade of inner Israeli dynamics from 1990 to 2000 when the basic assumptions that Israel propagated for decades about how the ‘miracle’ of Israel came into being started to be challenged The history of how this decade was reached is as fascinating as how horrific has been its aftermathExcept for its last chapter this book is not for everyone Israeli historian Ilan Pappe takes the reader through the maze of knowledge creation in Israel and how that journey has interacted with power The invaluable intellectual contribution and framing that Professor Pappe provides cannot be overstated He documents for all serious researchers who follow how the dust or like blood of Israel’s foundational moment has yet to settle The events in and around 1948 that led to the creation of Israel and the colossal loss of Palestine were such a historic tragedy that even the well oiled Israeli and Zionist public relations machines have been unable get traction to settle the historic accountIn today’s messy and distracted world those who write or for that matter make films and movies produce theater and art compose music write poetry and the like freuently have a moment when they uestion the value of their creative works Well Professor Pappe makes it abundantly clear where all these creative works fall in the bigger picture and why it is of utmost importance that we never lose sight that every progressive act of creativity which speaks truth to power is a data point towards rectifying the injustices of the world When the injustice is the source of a nation’s creation the process of correction is excruciatingly slow but inevitable if strategically addressedThe last chapter of The Idea of Israel is titled “Brand Israel 2013” This is a brief but shockingly telling account of how much money and brain power Israel is willing to dump into a bottomless bucket while trying to force feed a fabrication into mainstream knowledge The notion of actually correcting the historic mistakes any of them is not even consideredAs I noted above the book is not for everyone;If you are an Israeli and are a product of the Israeli education system especially under the age of 40 read this bookIf you are a Jewish American and have been blindly consuming your institutional mainstream “idea of Israel” read this bookIf you are a US lawmaker writing the annual checks to Israel and playing jack in the box every time the Israeli prime minister speaks in the Congress read this bookIf you are a Palestinian who thinks Israelis are not worth engaging because they all know the history read this bookMy hat is off again to Professor and friend Ilan Pappe for an invaluable contribution to peace with justiceHappy purposeful reading###

  5. Gina Gina says:

    This is book is a must read for anyone who like me has found themselves increasingly disturbed by the Pro Israel propaganda pumped out by the MSM in this country Some of what I read I vaguely knew about but a great deal of it was a revelation even for me a person who likes to believe she is well read But where Israel is concerned unless you actively seek alternative news sources and New Historians such as Ilan Pappe you will most likely remain in ignorance And that is to Israel's benefit and humanity's loss Sad to say most of America languishes in profound ignorance on this deeply troubling topic My heart goes out to the Palestinian people and what they continually endure But Zionism hurts everyone You will learn in this book if you didn't already know just how far reaching the effects of Zionism go Israel appears to be purposely destabilizing the Middle East for it's own twisted gain Anti Semitism is on the rise in Europe thanks largely to the rogue state of Israel and it's murderous policies Ordinary folks who happen to be Jewish but have no connection to Zionism are being affected Americans have blood on our hands because of our unwavering and uite costly tax payer fundedsupport then we wonder why we are eually despised throughout the region? And we are utterly amazed when it comes home to roostIf you would like to understand the true history of racist Zionism in Israel and the truth about the Palestinian refugees and the Nakba with all the official propaganda stripped away you would do well to pick up this eye opening book

  6. Domhnall Domhnall says:

    I found this a very dense and demanding book but rewarding It is not so much a history of Israel as a history of Israeli culture and therefore also of Zionism an ideological system which motivated and enabled both religious and secular Jews since the 1880s to set about colonising a large part of Palestine and displacing its Palestinian population in order to establish and defend an exclusively Jewish state Throughout the period of expansion which continues today the Jewish settlers have entertained a highly selective and frankly dishonest account of their activities which only a limited number of historians or writers and later film makers were prepared to uestion The book describes the work of this minority It shows that after some early examples of independent minded academics this reached its peak in the 1980s and 1990s with a movement known as the Post Zionists who challenged many of the myths on which Zionism relied and interposed accurate and complex accounts of their history They exposed the racism of the early settlers They demonstrated that the 1948 War of Independence from what? was not at all an existential war of survival against a massed assault from surrounding Arab states; indeed the Zionists were always the dominant military force in that war and their neighbours were neither united against them nor unwilling to reach an agreement They exposed efforts by the Zionists to form an alliance of sorts with Nazi Germany against the British They exposed the way Zionists manipulated the World's reaction to the Holocaust to its own advantage and continue to do so to this day They showed how many Jews were obliged to come to Israel against their wishes and challenged the racist treatment of Jewish Arabs driven to Israel from Ira and North Africa They exposed the violent process of ethnic cleansing by which nearly a million Palestinians were forcibly and violently ejected from their homes and land to become refugees and the mistreatment of Palestinians who remained in Israel under military rule from 1948 to 1967 Yet ultimately they were never strong enough to overcome the Zionist narrative and since 2000 and the Second Intifada Israel has succumbed to arguably an even nationalistic and militarist version which he calls Neo Zionism and the people of Israel display an ever reducing interest in critical discussion of their mythology The book reviews near its end the imposition of a totally ideological educational system that will secure a new generation of even committed and even less self critical Zionists It closes with an examination of Brand Israel an effort to respond to what is seen as an international campaign by Israel's enemies to deligitimize Israel The only basis for optimism is the evident vast chasm between the ideology and the reality which is surely not sustainable any longer than it may suit the Americans to support the illusion A pariah state with an apartheid regime is not going to have a future indefinitely and change has to come Constantly appealing to the fear of annihilation is not a realistic or honest basis for planning a national strategy At some point Israelis must deal with the truth

  7. Mandy Mandy says:

    Since its foundation in 1948 Israel has based its very existence on one paramount idea – Zionism It uses this idea for its justification continued existence and political direction In this important and controversial examination of the very idea of Israel Ilan Pappé studies the way Israel has used the key concepts of Zionism which often distort the truth to manipulate the facts which often results in damaging assumptions and even fabrications Myths and distortions have become accepted as historical truth and generations of academics and historians have framed events in a way that is always favourable to Israel In opposition a post Zionist movement grew up and uestioned the adherence to this orthodoxy and began to expose the truth about Israel’s attitude to and treatment of the Palestinians whose land had been expropriated Golda Meir once expressed the view that the Palestinians could never be forgiven for what they had “forced” the Israelis to do to found their state and it is often asserted that all anti Israel actions must be considered terrorism All attacks on Israel are considered totally unprovoked and unjustified and Zionists use not only the government and the military but also culture education and the media to reinforce this view Pappé attempts here to uestion this orthodoxy and the result is a thoroughly researched and very detailed analysis of Zionist ideology and its often fatal conseuences A thought provoking and deeply disturbing book I found this challenge to the mainstream idea of Israel deeply fascinating and enlightening and recommend it to anyone interested in the Israeli Palestinian conflict Pappé is an Israeli historian and social activist who supports a one state solution for his country

  8. Martin Martin says:

    I started this book in June without knowing that it would become increasingly relevant to current affairs as the summer progressed I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in learning about the history of Israel and indeed importantly the history of the historiography of Israel This book gives depth to what can often be a very reductionist portrayal of Israel in the media by tracing the history of how Zionist leaders manipulated and established foundational myths and nationalist narratives which bolstered the state of Israel's uest for legitimacy as well as maintained control over the narrative with the help of the media and academia The book's author is one of a group of authors known as the Post Zionists who during the 1990's produced numerous critical works uestioning the established Zionist narrative of the founding and the history of Israel and Zionism Especially informative for someone who was only born in the 90's the author traces the rise of these revisionist academics the author is careful not to use the term 'revisionist' to describe the Post Zionists however as it has different connotations within Israeli acadaemia from early pioneer historians in the 50's and 60's to the 'glory days' of the 90's when such academic pluralism and critical revisionism reached its peak Especially valuable was learning that the Israel I have known since the early 2000's was in fact not representative of the entire history of Israel the Post Zionist era which lasted at most two decades having ended around 2000 and that what now prevails is what the author terms the domination of the 'Neo Zionists' a reaction to the criticism and pluralism of the 90's The epilogue details how now that academia and politics had been firmly 're captured' from the Post Zionist outburst in the past five years or so Israel has turned to branding and marketing itself abroad as if it were a commercial product in order to improve its international image Having been in contact with at least the far peripheral ripples of this concerted campaign this segment was also of particular interest and relevancy There is too much in this book to summarise and all of it is well informed researched and cited Again I wouldn't hesitate to recommend it to anyone looking to learn about how Israel is the state it is today and Zionism's role in shaping that process particularly if as the saying goes the goal is to 'know thy enemy' Aside from tracing an important but short episode in the history of Israel and I would say widely unknown to those of my generation Pappe also smashes uite a few myths and common arguments fielded by Israel in defence of its policies against Palestinians

  9. Marcy Marcy says:

    Simply brilliant Although there isn't necessarily any new historical archival research in this book it is a wonderful overview of Israeli historiography from the colony's inception to the present moment It was uite interesting to see how little impact the New Historians have had on Israeli society or academia Although one important development was the fact that the nakba could no longer be ignored Now it is merely justified by Zionist historians But while this new understanding of Israel's proclivity to ethnically cleanse Palestine may not have led to substantial changes politically or in other ways it certainly has contributed to the fear Israel has of becoming a state of all its citizens hence no longer the farce of a Jewish and democratic state He culminates this discussion with an overview of the Brand Israel campaign that has been the primary vehicle for Israel to combat the world's response to learning the truth about Israel's history It's a great book to begin one's journey into this historical trajectory and it's a refreshing read for those who are uite familiar with it Finally the journey through this historiography highlights the ways in which Israeli academia is complicit in distorting or manipulating historical evidence to keep Palestinian refugees from returning to their land among other things Thus the volume also provides people active in the Boycott Divestment and Sanctions movement with a lot of ammunition to show precisely how the academia participates in this project and why it needs to be boycotted

  10. Jason von Meding Jason von Meding says:

    A great book to read if you want to understand the evolution of Zionist thought over time and how it has adapted to challenges to Israel’s foundational myths and “classical Zionism” I hadn’t realised how much momentum divergent intellectuals gathered in the 90s post Zionism and I have mostly observed the backlash neo Zionism since then Pappe really situates this book in elements of culture and I appreciated his insights into “Brand Israel” and its battle with the BDS movement

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