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Let us come to our senses,
This review is from: Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine (Hardcover)
This book is about how the Zionist movement captured the land of Palestinians and founded Israel. Pappe uses an interesting method in his book. He compares the events in Palestine during 40's to the events in Bosnia during 90's. He then shows how the legal actions of the international community against Serbs have not and are not matching against Israelis. On the contrary, he claims that the Palestinians have been labeled as the aggressors in many cases.
According to Pappe, there is a myth instead of fact-based history being produced about the foundation of Israel. In the last decades, this myth making machine has been attacked by a new breed of historians inside and outside of Israel. The works of these historians are revealing the obvious reality of the continuing ethnic cleansing of Muslim and Christian Palestinians since 40's. Pappe is one of these historians. It is really amazing how weak the humans can be in the presence of strong propaganda, e.g. new generations of Israelis were made to believe that everyone was against them and Arabs, during the foundation of Israel, tried to create a second Holocaust (where the reality is that the Israelis are the aggressors.)
There is also a lot of information about JNF (Jewish National Fund) and how they have perfectly served the interests of the Zionist regime in confiscating the land of Palestinians and found innovative ways to brand themselves as an environmentalist institution towards the outside world! The story is amazing yet not the center of this book. I am sure there are better sources for that subject.
Pappe claims that the Zionist movement basically created hundreds of thousands of Palestinian refugees, killed tens of thousands of them, destroyed their villages and farms, and settled Jewish immigrants in Palestinian land so that Palestinians' coming back would not be possible. One needs to know about the foundation of Israel in order to understand the discriminative legal and social structure of today's Israel. Zionism has been and is still in the genetic structure of Israel's political institutions and education system.
It is overwhelming to read this book; you can not stop yourself sympathizing with the Palestinians and their struggle against the Zionist regime. Although the book was written on factual events, it has an emotional component to it. This book made me think that it will be painful yet better and peaceful for Israelis in the long term to push for a democratic state for all citizens, come clean with their history and start questioning the motives of the Zionist regime.
All of us need this one way or another, don't we?