New Article: Hussein, The One-State Solution: An Interview with Ilan Pappé

Hussein, Cherine. “Palestine, Israel and the One-State Solution: An Interview with Ilan Pappé.” Critical Studies on Terrorism (Early view; Published online: 03 Jul 2014)





Ilan Pappé is Professor of History at Exeter University, and the Director of the European Centre for Palestine Studies. He obtained his BA from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem in 1979, and his DPhl from the University of Oxford in 1984. He founded and directed the Academic Institute for Peace in Givat Haviva, Israel, from 1992 to 2000, and was the Chair of the Emil Tuma Institute for Palestine Studies in Haifa from 2000 to 2006. Professor Pappé was also senior lecturer in Middle Eastern History and in Political Science in Haifa University from 1984 to 2006. In 2007, he was appointed chair in Exeter University’s History department, and became a fellow of the Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies in 2010. His research focuses on the modern Middle East, and in particular the history f Israel and Palestine – a topic on which he is the author of several critically acclaimed books. He is also a peace activist, an influential member of the presently resurgent single-state idea, and has supported a single-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict prior to the Oslo Accords.

Cherine Hussein completed her PhD at Sussex University’s Department of International Relations in February 2012, and is currently a Research Fellow at the Council for British Research in the Levant. Her research focuses on the politics of social transformation in the Middle East, with a particular interest in the writings of Antonio Gramsci and Edward Said, and the role of organic intellectuals in instigating social change. This interview informs her forthcoming book, Countering an Illusion: The Re-Emergence of the Single State Solution in Palestine/Israel (in press).

Ilan Pappé and Cherine Hussein met on 16 September 2009 in Brighton.

Cite: Stein, Rewriting Israel’s History

Stein, Leslie. “Rewriting Israel’s History.” Shofar 30.1 (2011): 129-140.



This article provides a brief survey of the major works of the so-called New Israeli Historians. It attempts to explain what distinguishes them from mainstream Israeli scholars and considers the extent to which their writings constitute a unified school of thought. The article makes it clear that there are indeed various gradations of dissent. For one, Benny Morris, while basing himself on archival material that reveals unsavory aspects of Israel’s history, nevertheless remains faithful to the Zionist ideal. At the other end of the spectrum Ilan Pappé is far less interested in the veracity of his sources and is far more concerned to denigrate the entire Zionist enterprise by falsely accusing Israel of ethnic cleansing.