The Myth of Israel’s ‘Democracy’


Ilan Pappé | The Chris Hedges Report – TRANSCEND Media Service

5 Jan 2024 – Israeli historian Ilan Pappé on Israel’s end game in Gaza and the future of the Israeli apartheid state.

Israel’s status as a bona fide democracy is often taken to be a self-evident truth, but a more critical look at the history and reality of Zionism calls this into question. After all, how can a democracy exist in a country constitutionally defined as an ethnostate that can only exist through the suppression and gradual elimination of its Others? Israeli historian Ilan Pappé joins The Chris Hedges Report for a discussion on Israel as an inherently colonial, and therefore anti-democratic, project.

Ilan Pappé is a professor with the College of Social Sciences and International Studies at the University of Exeter in the UK, where he directs the European Centre for Palestine Studies, and co-directs the Exeter Centre for Ethno-Political Studies. Prior to coming to the UK, Pappé was a historian and politician in Israel. He is the author of several books, including The Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine.

Chris Hedges is a Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist who was a foreign correspondent for fifteen years for The New York Times, where he served as the Middle East Bureau Chief and Balkan Bureau Chief. He previously worked overseas for The Dallas Morning News, The Christian Science Monitor, and NPR. He used to be the host of the Emmy Award-nominated RT America show On Contact.


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One Response to “The Myth of Israel’s ‘Democracy’”

  1. anaisanesse says:

    Thank you so much, real news, Ilan Pappe, Chris Hedges and of course TMS.
    Ilan Pappe is so clear, so easy to understand, so measured in his comments and so knowledgeable that despite all the sadness and horror in what is still going on in Israel/Palestine we can listen and learn and remember.

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