Ilan Pappé is a world-renowned Israeli academic and social activi st. His research interests focus on the modern Middle East, in particular, the history of Israel and Palestine. He is one of Israel’s ‘New Historians’ and since the release of pertinent British and Israeli documents in the 1980s, has been concerned with revising the official history of the creation of Israel and the corresponding ethnic cleansing of three quarters of a million Palestinians. Pappé has written on multiculturalism, Critical Discourse Analysis and Power and Knowledge in general.
Professor Ilan Pappé received his BA from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem in 1978 before completing a PhD in history at the University of Oxford in 1984. He is currently a professor with the College of Social Sciences and International Studies at the University of Exeter, director of the university’s European Centre for Palestine Studies, and Co-Director of the Exeter Centre for Ethno-Political Studies. From 1984-2007, he was a senior lecturer in political science at the University of Haifa, from 1993-2000, he was the Academic Director of the Research Institute for Peace at Givat Haviva, and from 2000-2008 he was the chair of the Emil Touma Institute for Palestinian Studies in Haifa. In 1999, he ran in the Knesset elections on the Communist-party led Hadash list.
Professor Pappé is the author of several books including The Making of the Arab–Israeli Conflict, 1947-1951 (1992), The Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine (2007) and A History of Modern Palestine: One Land, Two Peoples (2003).