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Cohen, Hillel
Tseva ha-tselalim. English
Army of shadows : Palestinian collaboration with Zionism, 1917-1948 / Hillel Cohen ; translated by Haim Watzman
Alternate Title Palestinian collaboration with Zionism, 1917-1948
Berkeley : University of California Press, c2008
book jacket
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 3rd Floor  DS119.7 .C6325 2008    AVAILABLE
Subject(s) Jewish-Arab relations -- History -- 1917-1948
Palestinian Arabs -- Politics and government -- 20th century
Zionism -- History -- 20th century
Jews -- Palestine -- Politics and government -- 20th century
Physical Description viii, 344 p. ; 24 cm
Note Includes bibliographical references (p. 317-325) and index
Contents Utopia and its collapse -- Who is a traitor? -- We, the collaborators -- Old collaborators, new traitors -- Unity ends -- The "traitors" counterattack -- World war, local calm -- Prelude to war -- Treason and defeat: the 1948 War
Summary In "Army of Shadows" Hillel Cohen utilizes a broad range of sources in several languages to produce the most judicious and nuanced study available on the complex phenomenon of collaboration by Palestinian Arabs with agencies of the Zionist movement during the British mandate period. Cohen effectively explores the motives and contexts which led some Palestinians to collaborate with Zionism and assesses the extent to which such collaboration contributed to Zionism's success in acquiring land for Jewish settlement, overcoming Palestinian nationalist resistance, and laying the foundations of a Jewish state. Inspired by stories he heard in the West Bank as a child, Hillel Cohen uncovers a hidden history in this extraordinary and beautifully written book--a history central to the narrative of the Israel-Palestine conflict but for the most part willfully ignored until now. In "Army of Shadows, "initially published in Israel to high acclaim and intense controversy, he tells the story of Arabs who, from the very beginning of the Arab-Israeli encounter, sided with the Zionists and aided them politically, economically, and in security matters. Based on newly declassified documents and research in Zionist, Arab, and British sources, "Army of Shadows "follows Bedouins who hosted Jewish neighbors, weapons dealers, pro-Zionist propagandists, and informers and local leaders who cooperated with the Zionists, and others to reveal an alternate history of the mandate period with repercussions extending to this day. The book illuminates the Palestinian nationalist movement, which branded these "collaborators" as traitors and persecuted them; the Zionist movement, which used them to undermine Palestinian society from within and betrayed them; and the collaborators themselves, who held an alternate view of Palestinian nationalism
Language Translated from the Hebrew

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