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On today's longer show we feature an extensive interview with Ilan Pappé by journalist and activist Frank Barat. Few, if any, historians have done more to unearth the truth about Israel than Ilan Pappé. His 2006 book The Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine documents how the uprooting of more than 750,000 Palestinians was the direct consequence of a plan drawn up by Zionist leaders in 1947. It arguably remains the most serious study published yet of the Nakba (literally, "catastrophe"), the violent expulsion of Palestinians leading to Israel's formation the following year in 1948.
Among other things, Pappé talks about the blanket of ignorance still enveloping most Israelis, and expresses his hope that the younger generation may finally wake up to the facts. As an Israeli himself, he speaks of his own gradual awakening, which eventually triggered his move to England.
Frank Barat is a Human Rights activist based in London. He is one of the coordinators of the Russell Tribunal on Palestine, a popular tribunal created in 2009 to expose and examine Israel's impunity in regards to its treatment of the Palestinian People. He has edited two books, Gaza in Crisis with Noam Chomsky and Ilan Pappé, and Corporate Complicity in Israel's Occupation with Asa Winstanley. He has also participated in the book 'Is there a court for Gaza?' with Daniel Machover.
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Frank Barat interviews Israeli historian Ilan Pappé