World-renowned historian Ilan Pappé will join an online event hosted by the Hastings and Rye Palestine Solidarity Campaign (HRPSC) at 7pm on 20th January. The meeting entitled Expulsion without Return? The Palestinian Experience is free and open to all. 

The one-hour discussion, hosted by HRPSC Chair Katy Colley, will also include the author and academic Ghada Karmi. It will look at what form the expulsion has taken historically, what it looks like today as well as asking what return would mean for the 7 million Palestinian refugees around the world.

“We are honoured to be hosting these important academics who have done so much to bring understanding and enlightenment to this subject,” says Katy. “I’m certain that this talk will shed light on some of the vital issues regarding the framing of the Israel/Palestine narrative.”

Ghada and her family were forced to flee their home in Jerusalem in 1948 during the Nakba, or ‘Catastrophe’, when 720,000 Palestinians were expelled by Israeli forces. She worked for many years as a doctor, and later held a number of academic posts specialising in Middle Eastern politics and culture. In 2005 she returned to Palestine as a consultant to the Palestinian Authority.

Ilan Pappé is a history professor at the University of Exeter and Director of the European Centre for Palestine Studies. He was born and brought up in Haifa, Israel, and is one of the most prominent historians challenging the historical narrative of Israel’s creation.

Basing his work on extensive archival research, Ilan argues that Palestinians were ‘ethnically cleansed’ between 1947 and 1949, with over 400 Palestinian villages destroyed, thousands of civilians massacred and around a million expelled from their homes at gunpoint. 

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