Invitation to public talks: Illan Pappe in Stellenbosch, Cape Town, Durban, Pietermaritzburg, Johannesburg

“Myths and Truths about the Land of Israel”

– by two Jewish scholars: Prof Illan Pappe & Dr. Heidi Grunebaum:

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Thursday, 31 July 2014
Room 222, Arts Building, c/o Merriman and Ryneveldt Streets, Stellenbosch

18:00 – Public Lectures/ Discussion
19:30 – Soup, Bread & Drinks + book and dvd sales.

Please RSVP by 30 July to

This invitation to courageous conversations with two highly respected Jewish scholars on Israel/Palestine will be hosted by Stellenbosch University’s Sociology and Social Anthropology Department, Kairos Southern Africa and the Palestine Solidarity Campaign (PSC) Stellenbosch on invitation of Muslim Views who is responsible for the South African tour.

For Prof Pappe’s schedule in the other South African cities, click here:
Pappe Programme – Public Sheet1

Background to the topic in Stellenbosch

The Israel-Palestine conflict is often viewed as so complex that no-one seems to know how it started or how to go forward. Such views lead to feelings of hopelessness and inertia and play into the hand of Zionist myths. The discussion will uncover myths such as “Palestine was a land without a people”, “Israel is about to be pushed into the sea”, “Israel wants peace for all” and “the exodus of Palestinian refugees in 1948 was a voluntary mass relocation” as portrayed by Jewish and Christian Zionist ideology.

These myths need to be uncovered not only for scholarly reasons or because it’s interesting. Amongst other, social relations and particularly the role of South Africa in either perpetuating the oppression of another people through our myths and ignorance or acting in solidarity, demand clarity.

The event offers the opportunity to reflect critically on common myths to advance an understanding of the historical political domination of the Palestinian People by the State of Israel.

More about the speakers

In the 1980s, a group of Israeli historians challenged the traditional Zionist view of the events leading up to and including the 1948 Declaration and War of Independence.

pappe2Prof. Pappe is one of these historians who argue that the violence and war crimes that accompanied the transfer of the Palestinian population to the West Bank and Gaza was a conscious strategy for ethnic cleansing. He is an Israeli historian from the College of Social Sciences and International Studies, Director of European Centre for Palestine Studies, and Co-director of the Centre for Ethno-Political Studies, University of Exeter, UK.

Dr. Heidi Grunebaum is a scholar, writer and senior researcher at the Centre for Humanities Research, University of the Western Cape. Her work focuses on memory and trauma; the afterlives of war and genocide; and psycho-geographies of displacement in South Africa, Germany and, more recently, Palestine/Israel. Her exploration mirrors that of Prof. Pappe through challenging the dominant mainstream Zionist myths.


About PSC Stellenbosch and Kairos Southern Africa

PSC Stellenbosch is a group of people drawn together out of its concern for the human rights violations by Israel over the Palestinian people. Kairos Southern Africa is an ecumenical voice from within the Christian community, inspired by the contextual and liberation theology tabled in the 1985 South African Kairos document. Both PSC Stellenbosch and Kairos South Africa support the Palestinian peoples’ right to self-determination, oppose Israel’s systematic violation of the human rights of Palestinians, endorse the human rights and the dignity of both Israelis and Palestinians and join with like-minded others to work towards a sustainable, just peace based on international law.

Previous events hosted by PSC Stellenbosch and Kairos SA include the showing of three films on Israel/Palestine, as well as addresses by Israeli author Miko Peled and Dr. Mitri Raheb, a Christian Palestinian theologian.

We look forward to welcoming you on 31 July.

Please RSVP by 30 July to

For Prof Pappe’s schedule in the other South African venues, click here:
Pappe Programme – Public Sheet1

4 thoughts on “Invitation to public talks: Illan Pappe in Stellenbosch, Cape Town, Durban, Pietermaritzburg, Johannesburg

  1. Marthie, like s.Africa ONE STATE! There will be no peace and no justice unless the root causes of the conflict are addressed. The roots of the conflict lie in Israel’s decades-long illegal occupation of the West Bank, the building of illegal settlements in the occupied territories, the forced take-over of Palestinian homes in East Jerusalem, and the effective establishment of an apartheid system that systematically removes the most basic human rights of Palestinians.” etc.etc.regards Joop and thanks again for your email.


  2. undulem1975 says:

    Very right but what i note is the world is not feeling sympathy at all with the Palestine. It’s more Israel do whatever you want on them. But at the same time Israel has justification of his actions in terms of its security . Hamas must resort to peace and nit destruction of Israel . My view is to promote peace and to promote co existence of Israel and Palestine . They have to live side by side in peace .


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