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james36armstrong at hotmail.com
Thu May 7 21:48:42 BST 2009
“It is indeed hard to understand , and for that matter to explain, why a crime that was perpetrated in modern times and at a junction in modern history that called for foreign and UN observers to be present , should have been so totally ignored.”
Professor Ilan Pappe is speaking of the expulsion, killing, robbing, raping of Palestinians in 1947/48 by Jewish forces expropriating their land , and destroying not only their houses and villages but also their history and their memory on the ground. during and immediately after the British mandate in Palestine.
I am in shock from reading his book ‘The Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine’
Shocked not only at the horror, also at the pre-meditation of these crimes by David Ben Gurion and the Zionist leadership in their ‘bunker’ in the Red House, Tel Aviv, also at my ignorance of these facts and also at the world ignorance/ apathy , at the present (willful?) callousness of tourists to the ‘Holy Land’ and also at the implications of a British Government, legally responsible as the controlling administration but failing to act to keep the peace though the troops were in place on the ground.
It’s a major war crime which the press did not report as such , and which was totally misrepresented by zionist propaganda then as the continuing ethnic cleansing is to-day. Perhaps most of all I am shocked by the affront to such values as brotherhood, justice, liberal beliefs, and truth and integrity.
Johnn Pilger says
“Ilan Pappe is Israel’s bravest, most principled, most incisive historian.”
I am plucking up emotional reserves to read the book to the end .
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