Academic journal article Middle East Quarterly

The Israel/Palestine Question: A Reader

Academic journal article Middle East Quarterly

The Israel/Palestine Question: A Reader

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The Israel/Palestine Question: A Reader, 2nd ed. Edited by Ilan Pappe. Abingdon, U.K.: Routledge, 2007. 292 pp. $39.95.

Pappe, currently at the University of Exeter, having left the University of Haifa under pressure,3 has devoted his career almost exclusively to demonizing Israel and Zionism; his newest book is no exception. It consists of a collection of anti-Israel articles and diatribes by both Arab and Israeli- Jewish haters of Israel who insist that Israel is guilty of just about everything.

Significantly, this reader belongs to Routledge's "Rewriting History Series," a hodgepodge of leftist, "anti-colonialist" volumes and historical revisionism. The second edition of The Israel/Palestine Question differs in interesting ways from the first, published in 1999. Benny Morris, an erstwhile New Historian who now denounces anti-Zionist New Historians while endorsing the "Zionist narrative,"4 no longer appears as a contributor. (He had written the centerpiece of the first edition.)

Arabs represented include Rashid Khalidi (Columbia University), who demands that the 1947 U.N. resolution creating Israel be revoked; Beshara Doumani (University of California, Berkeley), Butrus Abu-Manneh (Haifa), and Nur Massalha (University of Surrey). For "balance," the book includes such Jews as Avi Shlaim (Oxford University), Uri Ram (Ben Gurion), and Gershon Shafir (University of California, San Diego).

None of the authoritative Israeli historians of the conflict, even those from the Left, are cited; rather, the footnotes refer to almost every pseudo-scholar who has made a career out of bashing Israel. …

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