A Palestinian activist and scholar, Ruba Salih, who is chairing a session tries to correct Ilan Pappé at one point, saying:
“Well the Palestinains launched BDS in 2005.”
“Yes, yes,” replies Pappé. He makes a face which shows that he knows that what is being said is not true. “Not really, but yes. OK. For historical records, yes.”
Ruba Salih then smiles, strokes his shoulder and makes clear: “That’s important”.
Pappé replies to her, nodding and smiling, quietly, embarrassed, patronisingly, knowingly: “It’s not true but it’s important.”
[This video comes from David Collier’s website, Beyond the Great Divide.]
Ilan Pappé knows that it is a lie that the boycott campaign was launched by a “call” from “Palestinian civil society”. He knows it is a lie, but he’s content nevertheless for it to be solidified into what he calls “historical records”.
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