As the prevailing tenor of the media becomes increasingly committed to the Israeli military’s point of view, so freedom of discourse in the Israeli academy firmly shuts down.
The limited public space available to question the Zionist narrative in the 1990s disappears as the Israeli media adopts an entirely uncritical perspective.
The third extract from Out of the Frame describes how Palestinian and Israeli historical dialogue breaks down almost as soon as it had begun.
As a young academic in Israel, Pappé discovered that the politics of free speech in the academy was more compromised than it appeared.
Ilan Pappé’s research on the Nakbah uncovered difficult truths about the expulsion of Palestinians in 1948, including evidence of war crimes committed by Israeli forces, and he was eventually hounded out of his academic post and Israel altogether. Here he questions standard accounts of the foundation of Israel and the Nakbah.