Myths About Israel
Review of Ilan Pappe's Book
By Dr. Ludwig Watzal
in the US and some European States, the Israeli
and Zionist versions of history are widespread.
Israel’s narrative relies on a collection of
myths aimed at bringing the moral right and the
ethical behavior of the Palestinians into
twilight and making their claim to their country
appear as illegitimate. Israel’s negation of
Palestinian existence in the Land of Palestine
is, however, a falsification of history.
Myths About Israel” came out in Germany in 2016
under the title
“What’s wrong with Israel? The Ten Main Myths of
Zionism”. The mainstream media ignored
it, which could also be the case in the US. It’s
sad but that how media power works in favor of
Pappe, who lives in exile in Britain,
deals in this book with the myths of Zionism and
exposes them as legends consisting of
half-truths and fabrications of history. The
Zionist narrative has only little to do with
historical reality and truth.
“Running Gag” of the Zionist historical
narrative is the story of the “empty land” of
Palestine, into which people without a land had
finally returned after 2000 years of exile. The
slogan of a country without a people, for people
without a country, is the most prominent
expression of the Zionist mythology. For Pappe,
it’s less important whether the Jews existed as
a people, rather than that the Zionists deny the
existence of a Palestinian population but
simultaneously claim that the State of Israel
represents all the Jews of the world and does
everything for their benefit and acts for them.
Such a claim is just as daring as the
identification of Zionism with Judaism because
it takes Jews hostage for Israel’s despising
Zionists presented the colonization of Palestine
with biblical rhetoric; this served only as a
means to an end. The highest prophet of Zionism,
Theodor Herzl, even considered Uganda
and other places instead of the Zionist Promised
Land. Finally, they found their roots in
Palestine. “From then on, the Bible became both
the justification and the guideline of the
Zionist colonization of Palestine,” writes Pappe.
He describes Zionism as a “colonial settler
movement” and Israel as a “Settler Colonial
author points out that the expulsion of the
Palestinians in 1947/48 was “ethnic cleansing.”
Likewise, the 1967 June war, which is also
called the Sixth Day War, was not an act of
self-defense of the “little David” against an
overpowering “Goliath,” but an Israeli attack on
which the Israeli security establishment has
minutely prepared for years.
claim of being the “only democracy in the Middle
East” is put in the right perspective. Israel
resembles rather an “ethnocracy” than a
democracy in the classical sense of the meaning.
The “peace process,” which was highly praised by
the Western political establishment ended in the
acceleration of the colonization of Palestine
and in the establishment of Palestinian regime
that has to do the dirty work for Israeli
book, Ilan Pappe gives his backing for the
historical truth that the Israeli political
establishment must face if it is interested in
peace. Israel’s security establishment abuses
Judaism because it equates its Zionist
expansionist and oppressive policy with Judaism.
Enlightenment is, therefore, more than a
necessity, which the book does excellently by
deconstructing the mythological web that
surrounds the history of the State of Israel.
book is an absolute must for an interested
public, the political and the media class to
understand what Israel is all about.
Title: Ten Myths
(May 2, 2017)
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