David Ben-Gurion and Israel's Expulsion of the Palestinians


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Monday, 2 April, 2012 - 12:00
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Rashid Khalidi is the Edward Said Professor of Modern Arab Studies and Editor of the Journal of Palestine Studies

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On 3 November 2011, the self-appointed media watchdog CAMERA (Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting in America) informed the Journal of Palestine Studies of an incorrect citation in an article by Ilan Pappé ("The 1948 Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine") published in its autumn 2006 issue. The incorrect citation referred to a quotation by Israeli founding father David Ben-Gurion supporting the expulsion ("transfer") of Arabs from Palestine. CAMERA asked JPS to "issue a correction stating that the quote attributed to Ben-Gurion does not appear in the references cited" in JPS and its website "to prevent further erroneous uses of this quote." In this video, JPS editor Rashid Khalidi explains the journal's response, which included the full publication of an English translated letter that Ben-Gurion wrote to his son in 1937.