The Ten Mythologies of Israel

The document below is a powerful debunking of Israeli lies about the history of Palestine done by Israeli historian Dr. Ilan Pappe. Dr. Pappé is the author of The Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine, as well as over a dozen other books on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. An Israeli historian, Dr. Pappé is currently a professor at the College of Social Sciences and International Studies at the University of Exeter in the UK. He is also director of the university's European Center for Palestine Studies and co-director of the Exeter Center for Ethno-Political Studies. He obtained his PhD in history from the University of Oxford.

The document delves into the issue of false paradigms concerning Palestinians and the Israel-Palestine conflict. 

The 10 mythologies explored in Dr. Pappé's article are as follows:

Myth 1: Palestine was a land without people, waiting for the people without land

Myth 2: Palestinians resorted to acts of terror against Jewish settlers prior to the creation of Israel

Myth 3: Myths around the creation of Israel:

  • Myth 3a: That Palestinians are to be blamed for what happened to them because they rejected the UN Partition Plan of 1947
  • Myth 3b: That Palestinians left their homes voluntarily or as a result of a call by their leaders
  • Myth 3c: That Israel was a David fighting an Arab Goliath
  • Myth 3d: That after its war of creation, Israel extended its hand for peace to its Palestinian and Arab neighbors

Myth 4: Israel was a benign democratic state prior to 1967

Myth 5: The Palestinian struggle has no aim other than terror

Myth 6: Israel was forced to occupy the West Bank and Gaza in 1967, and must hold these territories until others are ready for peace

Myth 7: Israel occupied the West Bank and Gaza with benevolent intentions, but was forced to respond to Palestinian violence

Myth 8: The Oslo Accords reflected a desire on both sides to reach a solution

Myth 9: The Second Intifada was a mass terror attack orchestrated by Arafat

Myth 10: A solution in Israel and Palestine is just around the corner

Dr. Pappé concludes his article with an exhortation that any peace initiative focus foremost on the human rights and civil liberties of all individuals living in Israel-Palestine.

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The Ten Mythologies of Israel