The ten myths of Israel

December 11, 2012

Ilan Pappe, the Jewish historian and professor at Exeter University in the UK has complied an insightful list of the ten dominant myths surrounding Israel, myths that  impede the understanding and resolution of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The ten myths are as follows:

Myth 1: Palestine was a land without people, waiting for the people without a land

Myth 2: Palestinians resorted to acts of terror against Jewish settlers prior to the creation of Israel

Myth 3: Myths around the creation of Israel

Myth 4: Israel was a benign democratic state prior to 1967

Myth 5: The Palestinian struggle has no aim other than terror 

Myth 6: Israel was forced to occupy the West Bank and Gaza in 1967, and must hold these territories until others are ready for peace 

Myth 7: Isreal ocupied the West Bank and Gaza with benevolent intentions, but was forced to respond to Palestinian violence 

Myth 8: The Oslo Accords reflected a desire on both sides to reach a solution

Myth 9: The Second Intifada was a mass terror attack orchestrated by Arafat

Myth 10: A solution in Israel and Palestine is just around the corner

For a fuller explanation of these myths, see this document released by Canadians for Justice and Peace in the Middle East.

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