Thursday, May 1, 2014

The Idea of Israel – A History of Power and Knowledge A Review of Ilan Pappe's Book

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By Jim Miles, Global Research, May 01, 2014, Palestine Chronicle

This is a powerfully written unsettling work that relates the story of Israel from the perspective of how ideas are changed and manipulated for the benefit of the state.  Unfortunately the majority of citizens of most countries are susceptible to the ideation/ideology of the mainstream of political thought as it is supported by the mainstream press.  In the case of Israel, image and ideation, its narrative and ideology, are of paramount importance for the survival of the state beyond its military strength and relatively successful integration into the globalized corporate governed world. 

For a brief decade, generally within the 1990s,  the Israeli narrative, its  foundational ideas, were challenged by a small group of academics known as the new historians.  In a factual sense they brought forward many details about the story of Israel – using newly released and openly available IDF archives – that contradicted the narrative preferred by the Israeli government and its supporters.

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