(Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2003), 356 pp. Reading a book on Zionist history for little review in Common Knowledge is accompanied for me by the question: is this account of things conducive to peace? Unfortunately, while much of what Pappe teaches his readers is original and engaging, the answer is no. âUnhelpful to peaceâ is an unusual criterion to use in evaluating a scholarly work, but it is one that I think these pages â and perhaps these pages alone â can suffer. It is worth observing that the recent boycott of Israeli academics, led by the British Association of University Teachers, was sparked by Pappe after he faced the threat of dismissal from his academic position at Haifa University. He came under attack for supporting the seminar paper of an MA student who uncovered controversial records of the Tantura Massacre in 1948. Pappeâs line of defense has been a counterattack in which he has dubbed the dismissal hearings at Haifa a âMcCarthyist charadeâ and has called upon the international academic community to boycott Israeli scholars. He has railed against the Israeli governmentâs policy of âsilencingâ dissenters in the academy and has insisted that the myth of Israel
Common Knowledge – Duke University Press
Published: Oct 1, 2006
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