The Biggest Prison on Earth: A History of the Occupied Territories

Category: Book
By (author): Pappe, Ilan
Subject:  HISTORY / Middle East / Israel & Palestine
  HISTORY / Modern / General
  POLITICAL SCIENCE / Human Rights
Audience: general/trade
Publisher: Oneworld Publications
Published: August 2017
Format: Book-hardcover
Pages: 288
Size: 9.25in x 6.00in x 1.13in
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From The Publisher*Israeli expat historian Pappe ... boldly and persuasively argues for understanding the occupied territories as the world's 'largest ever mega-prison..... Pappe's conclusions won't be welcome in all quarters but this detailed history is rigorously supported by primary sources."
-★ Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)
Following his critically acclaimed investigation of the ethnic cleansing of Palestine in the 1940s, renowned Israeli historian Ilan Pappe turns his attention to the annexation and occupation of Gaza and the West Bank, bringing us the first comprehensive critique of the Occupied Territories.

Based on groundbreaking archival research, NGO records, and eyewitness accounts, Pappe's investigation of the "bureaucracy of evil" explores the brutalizing effects of occupation, from the systematic abuse of human and civic rights, the IDF roadblocks, mass arrests, and house searches to the forced population transfer, the settlers, and the infamous wall that is rapidly turning the West Bank into an open prison. Providing a sharp contrast with life in Israel, this is a brilliantly incisive and moving portrait of daily life in the Occupied Territories.
From The Publisher*In this comprehensive survey of the Israeli occupation of Palestine, renowned Israeli historian Ilan Pappe exposes the history of one of the world's most prolonged and tragic conflicts. Locating the occupation within a wider historical context that stretches back to 1948, Pappe dismisses the conventional view that the 1967 war emerged out of the blue, 'forcing' Israel to occupy the contentious territories.
Review Quote*"Israeli expat historian Pappe (The Idea of Israel), director of the European Centre for Palestine Studies at the University of Exeter, boldly and persuasively argues for understanding the occupied territories as the world's "largest ever mega-prison." He begins by describing Israeli preparations made several years before 1967's Six-Day War to control large portions of Palestine without formally annexing them and thereby granting civil rights to the Palestinians living there.Instead, with the imposition of Israeli rule, "the Palestinians living there were incarcerated for crimes they never committed and for offences that were never committed, confessed, or defined." Pappe shows that the Israelis offered an "open-air prison" when the Palestinians were compliant and a "maximum security prison" when they offered any resistance. Both left them shorn of basic human rights but the latter also featured harsh punishments up to and including military attacks on civilians. Pappe cites numerous violations of international law as well as generally duplicitous behavior by Israeli leaders toward other nations and international bodies, particularly during the Oslo Accord negotiations. Moreover, according to a 2016 U.N. report, Israel's actions toward the Gaza Strip will render life there "unsustainable" by 2020. Pappe's conclusions won't be welcome in all quarters but this detailed history is rigorously supported by primary sources. Maps. (Aug.)"
-★Publishers Weekly, Starred Review
Biographical NoteIlan Pappe holds the chair in history at the University of Exeter and is the academic director of the Research Institute for Peace at Givat Haviva and the chair of the Emil Touma Institute for Palestinian Studies, Haifa. He is also the author of the best-sellingA History of Modern Palestine. He lives in Exeter, U.K.