Ilan Pappé, a self-exiled Israeli historian who has documented the war crimes carried out by Zionist forces during the Nakba in 1948, will speak in Canterbury on 17 May.
Hosted by our friends at East Kent Justice for Palestinians, the talk will take place at St Peter’s Methodist Church, High Street, Canterbury. The meeting starts at 7-45 and will finish promptly at 9-15. There is a charge of £3 to cover costs.
Ilan Pappé is an Israeli historian and political activist. He is a professor with the College of Social Sciences and International Studies at the University of Exeter.
Pappé is one of Israel’s ‘new historians’ who, since the release of pertinent British and Israeli government documents in the early 1980s, have been rewriting the history of Israel’s creation in 1948, and the corresponding expulsion or flight of 700,000 Palestinians in the same year – known to Palestinians as the Nakba, or ‘catastrophe’.
He has written that the expulsions were not decided on an ad hoc basis, as other historians have argued, but constituted the ethnic cleansing of Palestine, in accordance with Plan Dalet, drawn up in 1947 by Israel’s future leaders.
He supports the one-state solution, which envisages a bi-national state for Palestinians and Israelis, and decided to leave Israel for Exeter after encountering hostility from colleagues in the Israeli academy.