Known to Israelis as the War of Independence, the 1948 war is known to the Palestinians as The Nakba or Catastrophe. The creation of the Israeli state meant a million people were expelled from homes at gunpoint, civilians massacred, and villages destroyed. Ilan Pappe argues for international recognition of the tragedy, the root of today’s conflict.
Ilan Pappe is a both a historian and a human rights activist who believes that commitment and professionalism do not necessarily clash, but rather reinforce each other. He is codirector of the Exeter Centre for Ethno-Political Studies.