THE “TRUTH” OF PAPPE
Professor Ilan Pappe a professor of history at the University of Exeter is sick; sick with a racist hatred towards the Jews and the Jewish Nation that will not be stopped until the destruction of Israel is achieved.
Professor Pappe has no problem conjuring up the most heinous and racist descriptions of Israel and Israeli culture, while totally overlooking the racist, anti-Semitic policies of the Arabs.
In Pappe’s history you will never hear about the Palestinian Arab relationship with the Nazis. Professor Pappe seems ignorant of Mufti Haj Amin El Husseini’s partnership with Adolf Hitler. The Mufti, an icon of Palestinian history, drew up his own FINAL SOLUTION for the Jews of Israel – about as racist as one can get.
Pappe loves to speak about Israeli crimes and genocide during her War of Independence. On the other hand Mr. Pappe totally overlooks the hard facts that the Arabs carried out far more executions of Jews during the war, than the Jews did Arabs.
Yes, the IDF did carry out executions; there were even times when the IDF was told to clear out and burn Palestinian Villages -- something the Palestinian Arabs and the Arab Regular Armies did on a constant basis.
There is a difference here between the two sides, though. The IDF only cleared out villages that were being used as bases by the Palestinian Arab militias and the Arab Regular Armies. Does this excuse the IDF? No, but it is a part of war. The Palestinian Arabs and the Arab Regular armies, on the other hand, systematically attempted to destroy every Jewish village they came upon. For the Israelis it was life or death: they were fighting invading soldiers who wanted them dead. None of this historical fact is mentioned in Professor Pappe’s twisted version of history.
Pappe also loves to talk about the Palestinian Refugees of the 1948, yet he never acknowledges the undeniable fact that the Arabs were mostly to blame for the creation of the “Palestinian” refugees. Nor will he ver mention the fact the two hundred thousand more Jewish refugees were tossed out of Arab and Muslim countries.
How are the Arabs responsible for the refugees?
First they rejected the UN partition outright. Next, believing in their military superiority, the Arab governments insisted the Arabs of Israel leave their homes until their armies were finished annihilating the Jews. All of this Pappe leaves out of his narrative, as if the Arabs were totally innocent and defenseless.
Here are some substantiating quotes for you.
ON SEPTEMBER 6, 1948, the Beirut Daily Telegraph quoted Emil Ghory, secretary of the Arab Higher Committee (AHC), as saying: "The fact that there are those refugees is the direct consequence of the action of the Arab states in opposing partition and the Jewish state. The Arab states agreed upon this policy unanimously..."
ON APRIL 23, 1948 Jamal Husseini, acting chairman of the Palestine AHC told the UN Security Council, "The Arabs did not want to submit to a truce ... They preferred to abandon their homes, belongings and everything they possessed."
IN THE MARCH 1976 issue of Falastin a-Thaura, then the official journal of the Beirut-based PLO, Mahmud Abbas ("Abu Mazen", now Prime Minister of the West Bank PA), then a PLO spokesman, wrote: "The Arab armies entered Palestine to protect the Palestinians from the Zionist tyranny but, instead, they abandoned them, forced them to emigrate and to leave their homeland, and threw them into prisons similar to the ghettos in which the Jews used to live."
ON APRIL 9, 1953, the Jordanian daily al-Urdun quoted a refugee, Yunes Ahmed Assad, formerly of Deir Yassin, as saying: "For the flight and fall of the other villages, it is our leaders who are responsible, because of the dissemination of rumours exaggerating Jewish crimes and describing them as atrocities in order to inflame the Arabs ... they instilled fear and terror into the hearts of the Arabs of Palestine until they fled, leaving their homes and property to the enemy."
Professor Pappe also loves to call Israel’s security barrier the “Apartheid Wall,” citing it as yet another example of the racist policies of Israel. With amazing selective amnesia, Pappe omits mention of the fact that the security barrier was not started until after the Palestinians rejected peace and a Palestinian state in 2000, opting instead for killing Israeli Jews in suicide attacks. Since the erection of the wall, there has not been a major suicide bombing in Israel. ‘Nuff said, I think!
Among many other sins of omission, Professor Pappe also fails to mention that the Kingdom of Jordan and the Government of Egypt occupied the West Bank (Jordan) and the Gaza Strip (Egypt) from 1948 until the Six-Day War of 1967. Somehow it was nifty for Arabs to occupy Gaza and the West Bank – with absolutely no discussion of creating a state for the Palestinian refugees, nor doing a single thing to help the plight of those refugees.
But it’s obviously not okay for Israel to “occupy” even small portions of these Palestinian enclaves, despite the fact that Israel “won” these areas in 1967, as well as annexing Sinai and the Golan Heights along the way. How many nations do you recall that have ceded, or returned huge portions of the lands they conquered, WITH ABSOLUTELY NO RESTITUTION IN RETURN?
Professor Pappe also seems totally all right with the blatantly racist policies of even the most moderate Palestinian politicians. It was Saeb Erekat, chief Palestinian negotiator for the Palestinian Authority, who said that there was no way Jews would be allowed to live in the Palestinian State. Is that not a policy of Segregation and Apartheid? Of course it is, and has been Arab policy since 1948.
For more of Mr. Erekat’s racist speech, take a look:
Pappe also forgets that it was the Arabs whom the British consulted and considered in drafting their infamous White Paper of 1939. This racist dictum allowed an unlimited number of Arabs to immigrate to Mandate Palestine (which they took huge advantage of), but drastically lowered the number of Jews who could immigrate. Leaving many to die in the concentration camps of Europe. On top of that the white paper stated that after 1944 NO Jews would be allowed to immigrate to the Mandate of Palestine! Is that not a policy of racism and incipient apartheid created by the British in collusion with the Arabs? Of course it is.
Why is Professor Ilan Pappe still given a classroom to teach in? Why is he being handed a podium from which to spout his lies and distortions?
More must be done to expose his treacherous writings and falsified versions of Israel’s history. Professor Ilan Pappe is Israel’s twenty-first century Tomas de Torquemada and the time has come to confront this perverse excuse for a professor.