Ilan Pappé: Ten Myths About Israel
18/04/17 7:00 pm
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Join us as prominent historian Ilan Pappé launches his latest book, Ten Myths About Israel.
In this groundbreaking book, published on the fiftieth anniversary of the Occupation, the outspoken and radical Israeli historian Ilan Pappe examines the most contested ideas concerning the origins and identity of the contemporary state of Israel.
The “ten myths” that Pappé explores — repeated endlessly in the media, enforced by the military, accepted without question by the world’s governments —reinforce the regional status quo. In this talk, he will address the claim that Palestine was an empty land at the time of the Balfour Declaration, as well as the formation of Zionism and its role in the early decades of nation building. Pappé asks whether Palestinians voluntarily left their homeland in 1948, and whether June 1967 was really a war of “no choice.” Turning to the myths surrounding the failures of the Camp David Accords and the official reasons for the attacks on Gaza, Pappé explains why the two-state solution is no longer viable.
Ilan Pappé is a historian and socialist activist. He is a professor with the College of Social Sciences and International Studies at the University of Exeter, director of the university’s European Centre for Palestine Studies, and co-director of the Exeter Centre for Ethno-Political Studies.