The Forgotten Palestinians


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A History of the Palestinians in Israel

Ilan Pappé

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A vivid and incisive analysis of the complex relationship between Israel and its Palestinian citizens written by an acclaimed Israeli historian

For more than 60 years, hundreds of thousands of Palestinians have lived as Israeli citizens within the borders of the nation formed at the end of the 1948 conflict. Occupying a precarious middle ground between the Jewish citizens of Israel and the dispossessed Palestinians of the West Bank and the Gaza Strip, the Israeli Palestinians have developed an exceedingly complex relationship with the land they call home; however, in the innumerable discussions of the Israel-Palestine problem, their experiences are often overlooked and forgotten.

In this book, historian Ilan Pappé examines how Israeli Palestinians have fared under Jewish rule and what their lives tell us about both Israel's attitude toward minorities and Palestinians' attitudes toward the Jewish state. Drawing upon significant archival and interview material, Pappé analyzes the Israeli state's policy towards its Palestinian citizens, finding discrimination in matters of housing, education, and civil rights. Rigorously researched yet highly readable, The Forgotten Palestinians brings a new and much-needed perspective to the Israel-Palestine debate.

The best selling author of The Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine, Ilan Pappé is currently Professor of History at Exeter University, UK, and previously taught at Haifa University, Israel. He lives in the UK.

“Ilan Pappé is Israel’s bravest, most principled, most incisive historian.”—John Pilger

“Pappe, in highly readable prose, gives us details and perspective about the history of the Arab community in the state's early years.”—David B. Green, Haaretz

“This is undoubtedly an important book.”—Matt Hill, Review 31

"The Forgotten Palestinians strings together fragments, events, documents, and interviews into a coherent and convincing narrative in a way that will certainly lend itself to advancing future studies. In this way, Pappé’s book is also a cornerstone study, and one that will certainly produce many more in the same tradition, making this book both overdue and timely."—Ryvka Barnard, Arab Studies Journal

"Ilan Pappe has few peers in courage and integrity in the world of scholars on history… He should shame our academics and media men who cannot bring themselves to face historical truths… The lot of… [Isreal's] Palestinian Arab minority… is described in meticulous and well-documented detail."—A.G. Noorani, Frontline

". . . an essential contribution." — Magid Shihade, Journal of Palestine Studies
ISBN: 9780300134414
Publication Date: June 28, 2011
336 pages, 6 1/8 x 9 1/4
8 b/w illus.