Everyday Evil in Palestine: The View from Lucifer’s Hill


  • Ilan Pappé University of Exeter




This article is an attempt to cast content into the popular phrase used by activists in the Palestine solidary movement that in order to understand and be moved by the nature of colonization in Palestine all that is needed is a short presence on the ground. I chose to visit a hill in the South Hebron mountains to illustrate this point. From this vantage point, the matrix of modern-day colonialism becomes visible to the naked eye but only unfolds in full when it is contextualized historically. As such, it also gives a new meaning to the Palestinian phrase, “al-Nakba al-Mustamera,” the ongoing Nakba, and becomes another place and chapter in the geography of disaster since 1948.

Author Biography

Ilan Pappé, University of Exeter

Ilan Pappé is a historian and a professor at the University of Exeter and the director of the European Centre for Palestine Studies.


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