Yoav Gelber

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Yoav Gelber
Born (1943-09-25) September 25, 1943 (age 74)
Mandate Palestine
Education Hebrew University
Occupation Historian

Yoav Gelber (Hebrew : יואב גלבר; born September 25, 1943) is a professor of history at the University of Haifa, and was formerly a visiting professor at The University of Texas at Austin.

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He was born in Mandatory Palestine in 1943 and studied world and Jewish history at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and is an expert on the history of the Israel Defense Forces. [1] Yoav Gelber is also known to have been a vocal opponent of Ilan Pappé when the latter was employed by the University of Haifa. [1] [2]

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In 1973 Gelber served as the academic and military assistant to the Agranat Commission, and in 1982 participated in the official inquiry into the 1933 death of Haim Arlosoroff. [3]

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  1. 1 2 Tom Segev: His colleagues call him a traitor (Haaretz, 23 May 2002).
  2. Neri Livneh: Post-Zionism only rings once (Haaretz, 20 September 2001).
  3. Gelber, Yoav (2001). Palestine 1948: War, Escape and the Emergence of the Palestinian Refugee Problem (Second Edition (2006) ed.). p. 0 (back cover). ISBN   978-1-84519-075-0.

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