The Idea of Israel (Hardcover)
A History of Power and Knowledge
Verso, 9781844678563, 288pp.
Publication Date: February 4, 2014
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In particular, Pappe examines the way successive generations of historians have framed the
1948 conflict as a liberation campaign, creating a foundation myth that went unquestioned in Israeli society until the 1990s. Pappe himself was part of the post-Zionist movement that arose then. He was attacked and received death threats as he exposed the truth about how Palestinians have been treated and the gruesome structure that links the production of knowledge to the exercise of power. The Idea of Israel is a powerful and urgent intervention in the war of ideas concerning the past, and the future, of the Palestinian–Israeli conflict.
About the Author
Praise For The Idea of Israel: A History of Power and Knowledge…
“Ilan Pappé is a scholar and a pro-Palestinian political activist. He is one of the most prominent Israeli political dissidents living in exile, having moved from the University of Haifa to the University of Exeter. He is also one of the few Israeli students of the conflict who write about the Palestinian side with real knowledge and empathy. Pappé places Zionism under an uncompromising lens … The Idea of Israel is not a history book but a close study of the role of Zionist ideology in the making of modern Israel and of the continuing relevance of this ideology today in politics, the education system, the media, the cinema and Ashkenazi-Sephardi relations.”
—Avi Shlaim, Guardian
“Even those who are familiar are likely to find Pappé's elegantly narrated account useful and stimulating … An excellent overview of the Israeli field of knowledge production and its relationship to the making of (the idea of) Israel.”
—Gil Hochberg, Journal of Palestine Studies
“Along with the late Edward Said, Ilan Pappe is the most eloquent writer of Palestinian history.”
“An essential read for anyone trying to understand the politics and history of the Middle East.”