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Hugh D. Auchincloss, Jr.Elizabeth D. BarlowEdward DillonJohn GoeletRichard HobsonAnne R. JoyceHon. Robert V. KeeleyKendall Landis
Robert L. Norberg
Hon. Edward L. PeckLachlan ReedDonald L. SnookRosemarie SunderlandJames M. Wall
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John F. Mahoney
In their flight from Hitler’s Germanyin the early 1930s, Ilan Pappe’s par-ents opted to go to Palestine, hisfather for ideological reasons, hewas a Zionist; his mother for practi-cal reasons, it was the least expen-sive. Their son was born in 1954, sixyears after the founding of the Jew-ish state, and he grew up in Haifa,an Arab-Jewish city where Ilan hadPalestinian friends.From there his journey “beyond themargins of permitted discourse” ledto Hebrew University in the 1970s,where he learned what happened toPalestinians in 1948-49, then on toOxford University in the 1980s,where his doctoral thesis became hisfirst book, “Britain and the Arab-Israeli Conflict.” Based on declassi-fied documents in England, theUnited States, and Israel, his re-search debunked — his word — allof the lessons about Israel’s creationthat he had been raised on.He returned to Israel as a profes-sor in the history department at HaifaUniversity. Other published worksfollowed, including a feature article inour January-March 1998
. Later,in 1998, he organized events on hiscampus to commemorate the 50
anniversary of the Palestinian catas-trophe. The action incurred the dis-pleasure of the university’s powerfulLand of Israel Studies department.If that was a step beyond the mar-gins, his next action in 2005 was aleap. Arguing that Hitler was able tocarry out his genocide against Jewsbecause German academics refusedto protest, he called for universitiesoutside Israel to boycott those pro-fessors at Israel’s Bar-Ilan and HaifaUniversities who had not publiclycondemned Israel’s occupation pol-icy. Haifa University’s president Aharon Ben-Ze’ev called on Pappeto resign.In 2007, he did resign. He hadbeen called “the most hated man inIsrael,” and was finding it increas-ingly difficult not only to teach but tolive in the Jewish state. Today, he ischair of the history department at theUniversity of Exeter in England. Weare honored to welcome him back tothe pages of
On page 9, we begin an enumera-tion of Palestinian towns and villagesobliterated in 1948. The entire list isfound in our booklet “The Coloniza-tion of Palestine.” On this the 60
year of what Ilan Pappe calls theethnic cleansing of Palestine, we willbe pleased to send this recently up-dated booklet to any reader for thecost of postage: $1. In addition todescribing the fate of each town andvillage, the booklet contains photosof the refugee camps, where hun-dreds upon thousands of ousted Pal-estinians ended up. We hope our readers will order copies not only for themselves but for others.We note on page 12 the death of Lachlan Reed, a longtime AMEUboard member. AMEU’s book/video catalog is onpp. 13-15. It includes Ilan Pappe’slatest book, “The Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine,” and a new video inter-view with him, “Israel: Myths &Propaganda,” both of which are ex-cellent complements to his article.Finally, on page 16, we offer a trib-ute to Lucille Ablan. Long before IlanPappe knew about the Palestiniancatastrophe—and certainly long be-fore I did—Lucille Ablan knew. Andin her gentle, effective way, she didsomething about it.
John F. MahoneyExecutive Director