Ilan Pappé

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Ilan Pappé : biography

7 November 1954 –

Ilan Pappé ( born 1954) is an Israeli historian and socialist activist. He is a professor with the College of Social Sciences and International Studies at the University of Exeter in the United Kingdom, director of the university’s European Centre for Palestine Studies, and co-director of the Exeter Centre for Ethno-Political Studies.

Pappé was born in Haifa, Israel. Prior to coming to the UK, he was a senior lecturer in political science at the University of Haifa (1984–2007) and chair of the Emil Touma Institute for Palestinian and Israeli Studies in Haifa (2000–2008). He is the author of The Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine (2006), The Modern Middle East (2005), A History of Modern Palestine: One Land, Two Peoples (2003), and Britain and the Arab-Israeli Conflict (1988). He was also a leading member of Hadash, and was a candidate on the party list in the 1996 and 1999 Knesset elections.

Pappé is one of Israel’s New Historians who, since the release of pertinent British and Israeli government documents in the early 1980s, have been rewriting the history of Israel’s creation in 1948, and the corresponding expulsion or flight of 700,000 Palestinians in the same year. He has written that the expulsions were not decided on an ad hoc basis, as other historians have argued, but constituted the ethnic cleansing of Palestine, in accordance with Plan Dalet, drawn up in 1947 by Israel’s future leaders. He blames the creation of Israel for the lack of peace in the Middle East, arguing that Zionism is more dangerous than Islamic militancy, and has called for an international boycott of Israeli academics.

Pappé supports the one-state solution, which envisages a binational state for Palestinians and Israelis..

His work has been both supported and criticized by other historians. Before he left Israel in 2008, he had been condemned in the Knesset, Israel’s parliament; a minister of education had called for him to be sacked; his photograph had appeared in a newspaper at the centre of a target; and he had received several death threats.

Published work


  • "The Boycott Will Work: An Israeli Perspective" in Audrea Lim (ed.)
  • (with Noam Chomsky) Gaza in Crisis: Reflections on Israel’s War Against the Palestinians (Hamish Hamilton, 2010). ISBN 978-0-241-14506-7
  • The Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine (London and New York: Oneworld, 2006). ISBN 1-85168-467-0
  • The Modern Middle East (London and New York: Routledge, 2005). ISBN 0-415-21409-2
  • A History of Modern Palestine: One Land, Two Peoples (Cambridge University Press, 2004),ISBN 0-521-55632-5
  • (With Jamil Hilal). Parlare Con il Nemico, Narrazioni palestinesi e israeliane a confronto (Milano: Bollati Boringhieri, 2004).
  • The Aristocracy: The Husaynis; A Political Biography (Jerusalem: Mossad Byalik, (Hebrew), 2003).
  • The Israel-Palestine Question (London and New York: Routledge, 1999; 2006). ISBN 0-415-16948-8
  • (with M. Maoz). History From Within: Politics and Ideas in Middle East (London and New York: Tauris, 1997). ISBN 1-86064-012-5
  • (with J. Nevo). Jordan in the Middle East: The Making of a Pivotal State (London: Frank Cass, 1994). ISBN 0-7146-3454-9
  • The Making of the Arab-Israeli Conflict, 1947–1951 (London and New York: I.B. Tauris, 1992; 1994). ISBN 1-85043-819-6
  • Britain and the Arab-Israeli Conflict, 1948–1951 (London: St. Antony’s College Series, Macmillan Press; New York: St. Martin’s Press, 1988). ISBN 0-312-01573-9


  • , Essay of the week, Herald Scotland (6 June 2010). [retrieved 23 February 2012].
  • , The Electronic Intifada (18 June 2007).
  • , article in al-Majdal Magazine (Spring 2006). [retrieved 17 May 2007].
  • The Guardian, (24 May 2005).
  • , Jerusalem Quarterly, Issue 18 (June 2003). [retrieved 23 February 2012]
  • , Between The Lines (October 2002). [retrieved 23 February 2012].
  • Jerusalem Quarterly, Issue 11–12 (Winter-Spring 2001). [retrieved 23 February 2012]
  • Ilan Pappe, ,” Journal of Palestine Studies, Vol. 30, No. 3 (Spring 2001), pp. 19–39. [retrieved 23 February 2012].
  • Ila Pappé, Jerusalem Quarterly, Issue 10 (Autumn 2000).
  • Ilan Pappé, Journal of Palestine Studies, Vol. 27, No. 4 (Summer 1998), pp. 99–105, Institute for Palestinian Studies.