The Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine

The Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine is a book about the 1948 Palestinian exodus authored by Ilan Pappé and published in 2006 by Oneworld Publications.

Ilan Pappé is one of the New Historians. He seeks through his book to prove that a planned ethnic cleansing of Palestinian Arabs occurred during the 1948 Palestine War, or as he puts it in the preface of this book:

In other words, I want to make the case for the paradigm of ethnic cleansing and use it to replace the paradigm of war as the basis for the scholarly research of, and public debate about, 1948.

He considers that this objective was implemented by the Zionist movement leaders, mainly David Ben-Gurion and the other ten members of his "consultancy group" as referred to by Pappé, and that the forced move of Palestanians to the Arab World was an objective of the Zionist movement, and a must for the desired character of the Jewish State. The book says that this planned ethnic cleansing was put into effect through systematic destruction of about 500 Arab villages, as well as several terrorist attacks executed mainly by members of the Haganah and the Irgun.

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