Ilan Pappé Ilan Pappé

Israel/Palestine. The rhetoric of coexistence

  • (Israele/Palestina. La retorica della coesistenza)
  • pages: 40 - 10,5X14,8
  • published: 01/03/2011
Ilan Pappé Ilan Pappé


Israeli historian Ilan Pappé, self-exiled to London after a long period of teaching at the University of Haifa, deals here with what he defines as a reflection on “the causes rather than the symptoms” of the Palestine/Israel relationship. The author traces the origins of Israeli predominance and emphasises its colonialist nature, eventually asking himself the fundamental question as to how far it is possible to claim, as Israel does, that the existence of a Nation can be based on the act of expelling subjects and keeping those expelled at a distance from the space controlled by that same Nation. The conclusion reached by Pappé is that to solve the Israeli-Palestinian question the essential issue to be addressed is what he has no qualms about defining the “racism” of the State of Israel, which denies Palestinian refugees the right to return to their land.