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Israelis in Non-Israeli Universities
Ilan Pappe & the Institute of Arab & Islamic Studies at Exeter University: A Match Made in Activist Haven

17.08.15

Editorial Note

 

When Pappe left Haifa University in 2004 amid the controversy surrounding the student Teddy Katz who, according to an Israeli court, “fabricated” a massacre in Tantura allegedly committed by the Alexandroni Brigade in 1948, academic authorities breathed a sigh of relief.   But Pappe secured a position at the Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies at Exeter University, where his career of exaggerations, inventions and fabrications took off dramatically. 

 

Of late, Pappe has expanded beyond the incessant focus on the alleged misdeeds of Israel in 1948 that, in his view, included wholesale ethnic cleansing, massacres and labor camps.  He teamed up with Noam Chomsky to publish a book on the Gaza War, and edited a book on South Africa and Israel to show the alleged apartheid similarities.

 

If Pappe was employed by Walmart he would surely be made the “employee of the month” for his faithful service.  As it happens, he is employed by the Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies at Exeter University, but the principle is the same.  Exeter University is one of the largest recipient of Arab money in Great Britain and the Institute, founded by Tim Niblok, has had a highly activist agenda of whitewashing the developments in the Middle East and blackening Israel.

 

This much should be clear from the list of conferences and events organized by the Institute since January 2014.  As well known, the period has coincided with the immense turmoil introduced by ISIS and its brutal hold on large swath of territories in Syria and Iraq.  

 

The list indicates that about a quarter of the talks were devoted to Israel, including Pappe’s conference discussed in the previous post.  Uri Davis, the former Matzpen member who converted to Islam and a member of the Fatah since 1984 was invited to speak on “(What is Palestine?; What is political-Zionism?; What are Zionist Institutions?; What is ethnic cleansing?; What is apartheid?) and after considering the analogies and the specificities of Israeli apartheid versus past South African apartheid as well as the political implication of declaring Israel an apartheid state under international law.”    

 

The talk by Professor Simona Sharoni on March 25, 2015, is especially ironic in this context. Sharoni spoke on “gender and resistance” in the occupied territories: “There is much to learn about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict from the analysis of community-base research conducted by the Women’s Studies Institute at Birzeit University in Palestine or from listening to the accounts of Israeli soldiers who refuse to serve in the Occupied Territories.”

 

Needless to say, the Institute did not deem it important to organize an event on the treatment of women by ISIS. According to a detailed report compiled by Amnesty International and carried by numerous media, ISIS has codified sexual slavery for non-Muslim women, including the Yazidi minority, Christian and Jews, and created a bureaucracy for auctioning women in ISIS run auction houses.

 

Still, it is not likely that the Institute would discuss the treatment of women in the ISIS- occupied territories.  The constant emphasis on Israel is a good diversion technique, it is politically correct, and pleases the Arab funders to boot.


On Palestine


BY NOAM CHOMSKY AND ILAN PAPPÉ, EDITED BY FRANK BARAT

Operation Protective Edge, Israel's most recent assault on Gaza, left thousands of Palestinians dead and cleared the way for another Israeli land grab. The need to stand in solidarity with Palestinians has never been greater. Ilan Pappé and Noam Chomsky, two leading voices in the struggle to liberate Palestine, discuss the road ahead for Palestinians and how the international community can pressure Israel to end its human rights abuses against the people of Palestine. On Palestine is the sequel to their acclaimed book Gaza in Crisis.

About the author

NOAM CHOMSKY is widely regarded to be one of the foremost critics of US foreign policy in the world. He has published numerous groundbreaking books, articles, and essays on global politics, history, and linguistics. Since 2003 he has written a monthly column for theNew York Times syndicate. His recent books include Masters of Mankind and Hopes and Prospects. Haymarket Books recently released updated editions of twelve of his classic books.

Ilan Pappé is the bestselling author of The Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine: A History of Modern Palestine and The Israel/Palestine Question.

Frank Barat is a human rights activist and author. He was the coordinator of the Russell Tribunal on Palestine and is now the president of the Palestine Legal Action Network. His books includeGaza in CrisisCorporate Complicity in Israel's Occupation, and On Palestine.

Reviews

"Chomsky is a global phenomenon . . . he may be the most widely read American voice on foreign policy on the planet."
The New York Times Book Review

"Ilan Pappé is Israel's bravest, most principled, most incisive historian."
—John Pilger

Praise for Gaza in Crisis:

"This sober and unflinching analysis should be read and reckoned with by anyone concerned with practicable change in the long-suffering region."
Publishers Weekly

"Both authors perform fiercely accurate deconstructions of official rhetoric."
The Guardian



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EDITED BY ILAN PAPPÉ

Distributed for Zed Books

225 pages | 5 x 9 | © 2015
Any time that a politician or commentator compares the Israeli-Palestinian conflict to South Africa under apartheid, the response is swift denunciation. Yet many prominent, respected academics and politicians—including Jimmy Carter—have drawn such parallels, arguing that Israel’s treatment of its Arab-Israeli citizens and the p
 eople of the occupied territories amounts to no less a system of oppression than apartheid did.

Peoples Apartmarks the first major scholarly attempt to analyze the apartheid analogy and its implications for international law, activism, and policy making. Gathering contributors from a wide range of disciplines and fields, including historians, political scientists, journalists, lawyers, and policy makers, the collection offers a bold, incisive perspective on one of the defining moral questions of our age.
Introduction: Ilan Pappe

Part 1: Historical Roots
1. Ronnie Kasrils - 'Birds of a Feather: Israel and Apartheid South Africa - Colonialism of a Special Type'.
2. Ilan Pappe - 'The Many Faces of European Colonialism: The Templers, the Basel Mission and the Zionist Movement'.
3. Oren Ben Dor - 'Asking the Question of the Origin of Apartheid'.

Part 2: The Boundaries of Comparison
4. Jonathan Cook - 'Visible equality'' as Confidence Trick'.
5. Leila Farsakh - 'Apartheid, Israel and Palestinian Statehood'.

Part 3: Nuanced Comparisons
6. Anthony Löwstedt - 'Femicide in Apartheid'.
7. Amna Badran - 'The Many Faces of Protest: a Comparative Analysis of Protest Groups in Israel and South Africa'.

Part 4: Future Models and Perspectives
8. Steven Friedman - 'The Inevitable Impossible: South African Experience and a Single State'.
9. Virginia Tilley - 'Have We Passed the Tipping Point? Querying Sovereignty and Settler Colonialism in Israel-Palestine'.
10. Ran Greenstein - 'Israel/Palestine and the apartheid analogy: critics, apologists and strategic lessons'.
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