Renowned Israeli historian Ilan Pappe’s ground-breaking book revisits the formation of the state of Israel. Between 1947 and 1949, over 400 Palestinian villages were deliberately destroyed, civilians were massacred and around 1 million men, women, and children were expelled from their homes at gunpoint. Denied for almost six decades, had it happened today it could only have been called “ethnic cleansing.” Decisively debunking the myth that the Palestinian population left of their own accord (an estimated 750,000) in the course of this war, Pappe offers impressive archival evidence to demonstrate that, from its very inception, a central plank in Israel’s founding ideology was the forcible removal of the indigenous population. Indispensable for anyone interested in the roots of the current crisis in the Middle East. Softcover, 336 pages.