06 Apr 2007 • 1,600 views
in The Jerusalem Post, dated yesterday, 17 Nissan 5767
, 5 April 2007 .......
"Obviously any intellectual Jew with a conscience would find a state like Israel intolerable"
"Ilan Pappe, an Israeli historian and a senior lecturer in the University of Haifa's Department of Political Science, says he is moving to the UK"
Pappe is vehemently critical of Zionism. He has said that the only solution to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict was the creation of a single state, shared by Jews, Arabs and others. He said that two independent states cannot coexist in "the land of Palestine."
He also said there was "no immediate solution to the crisis and only international pressure can force Israel to end the occupation and the continuing atrocities against the Palestinians."
"Over the past six years, the Israeli government has become more oppressive, thanks to the strong support from the Bush administration. They now feel that they can do anything they want,"
Pappe also questioned Israeli democracy: "Any state that perpetrates occupation cannot be called a democratic state,"
he said, adding that Israeli democracy was meant "only for Jews" and there is "no space for other communities."
"the Israeli state was formed at the expense of the Palestinians. I don't subscribe to the view that a community which has a claim to a land that goes back thousands of years had the right to occupy it by dispossessing indigenous communities," Pappe said.
"We seek to disassociate Jews and traditional Judaism from the Zionist Ideology"
and a comment added to the Jerusalem Post article says.....
"For many Jews, a state run with soldiers fighting children, barbed wire, walls and bantustans
, and undisguised apartheid, is alright. But there are bound to be intellectual Israeli Jews with a conscience, who would be troubled with this spectacle - like Illan Pappe, Daniel Barenboim
, Gilad Atzmon
.... Pappe's solution is correct. We need a one-state solution. The solution to South Africa was not two states, one for blacks and one for whites. There can be no peace with a state only for Jews."