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Sunday, March 20, 2011

The Frauds of Ilan Pappe

Ilan Pappe

Mr. Ilan Pappe -- together with Noam Chomsky, Norman Finkelstein, and only very few others -- occupies the very highest echelon of Jewish haters of Israel: characters straight out of Howard Jacobson's The Finkler Question, totally oblivious, it would seem, to the comical side of their enterprise.

Now Mr. Pappe, as we learn from Wikipedia, "has been praised by Walid Khalidi, Richard Falk, Ella Shohat, Nur Masalha and John Pilger. Pilger describes Pappé as 'Israel’s bravest, most principled, most incisive historian.'"Pappe has also co-authored a book with Noam Chomsky. Mr. Jeff Halper has had him lecture to his own followers. And -- what higher distinction can there be than this -- he has been cited, with very strong approval, by that great maven of Jewish perfidy, Ms. Jennifer Peto of the University of Toronto.

But Mr. Pappe has made a mistake that cost him dearly. He has not contented himself, as have certain others, with being an "activist" against Israel. No, he has allowed himself the conceit that he still is the historian he once was, a scholar, and he has masked his current propaganda with the externalities of scholarship. And once he did this he invited the scrutiny of scholars, and these have shown little mercy in proving him a malicious fabricator.

In particular: Benny Morris, a (somewhat) leftist historian at Ben Gurion University, has written some blistering reviews of Pappe's writings. The latest appears in The New Republic under date of April 11, 2011. I find this article to be a very substantial contribution to the understanding of the Jewish anti-Israel movement of our day: malice, willful ignorance, vanity. In the video below, Morris presents some of the material in a much condensed form.

Yet another Israeli professor has reviewed Pappe's writings, with similar findings: Prof. Yossi Ben-Artzi of Haifa University. See his review here.

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