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Friday, March 30, 2007

Anti-Zionist anti-Historian Ilan Pappe is leaving Israel

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Ilan Pappe is leaving Israel, according to a report in the French Web journal Bella Ciao. Pappe, who has written several mendacious books about Israeli history, insists that the facts of history are for pedants, only his opinions count. Pappe stated for example:
 
The myth of Latrun in the case of the number of immigrants who died, eh, is not really related to numbers. Um, very pedantic and empiricist historians like to argue and to waste a lot of ink so to speak on figures, on numbers, as if the numbers are really important for the construction of myth, or if you have the accurate number you can destroy a myth or debunk it and I don't think it's very true. // I think what is important is that there were enough immigrants who died // over Latrun.
He was talking about accounts of the battle of Latrun, which had stated that hundreds of new immigrants had been rushed to the front and died there. Research showed that about 19 of the 73 Israeli dead were new immigrants.
 
His accounts of history are written according to his thesis that facts don't matter. Pappe championed the discredited thesis of Teddy Katz, which claimed, based on false transcriptions of oral evidence, that there had been a massacre of Arabs by Israelis in Tantura in 1948. Later, he made headlines again by supporting a boycott of his own university, Haifa University.
 
Pappe will be going to England, where he will no doubt be welcomed by local anti-Zionists.
 
Ami Isseroff


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