Good Arabs: The Israeli Security Agencies and the Israeli Arabs, 1948-1967

Author:   Hillel Cohen ,  Haim Watzman
Publisher:   University of California Press
ISBN:  

9780520269767


Pages:   296
Publication Date:   13 May 2011
Format:   Paperback
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Good Arabs: The Israeli Security Agencies and the Israeli Arabs, 1948-1967


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Based on his reading of top-secret files of the Israeli police and the prime minister's office, Hillel Cohen exposes the full extent of the crucial, and, until now, willfully hidden history of Palestinian collaboration with Israelis--and of the Arab resistance to it. Cohen's previous book, the highly acclaimed Army of Shadows,told how this hidden history played out from 1917 to 1948, and now, in Good Arabs he focuses on the system of collaborators established by Israel in each and every Arab community after the 1948 war. Covering a broad spectrum of attitudes and behaviors, Cohen brings together the stories of activists, mukhtars, collaborators, teachers, and sheikhs, telling how Israeli security agencies penetrated Arab communities, how they obtained collaboration, how national activists fought them, and how deeply this activity influenced daily life. When this book was first published in Hebrew, it became a bestseller and has evoked bitter memories and intense discussions among Palestinians in Israel and prompted the reclassification of many of the hundreds of documents Cohen viewed to uncover a story that continues to unfold to this day.

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Author:   Hillel Cohen ,  Haim Watzman
Publisher:   University of California Press
Imprint:   University of California Press
Dimensions:   Width: 15.20cm , Height: 1.90cm , Length: 22.90cm
Weight:   0.590kg
ISBN:  

9780520269767


ISBN 10:   0520269764
Pages:   296
Publication Date:   13 May 2011
Audience:   General/trade ,  General
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active
Availability:   In Print   Availability explained
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Table of Contents

Illustrations Preface Acknowledgments Introduction 1. Beginning a Beautiful Friendship: The Rise of the Collaborator Class 2. Communists vs. the Military Government, Collaborators vs. the Communists 3. Boundary Breakers: Infiltrators, Smugglers, Spies 4. The Land 5. The Battle of the Narrative: Symbols, Pronouncements, Teachers 6. Minorities within a Minority: Dilemmas of Identity 7. Circles of Control, Circles of Resistance Conclusion Notes Bibliography Index

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Paints a remarkably balanced and comprehensive picture. It is a fascinating tale, but his account ... does not make for pleasant reading. --Jerusalem Post The book's power derives from its resonance for the present day, and the way that it illuminates the attitude that Israel has taken - and still takes - toward the Palestinians. -- A fascinating study ... with revelations about the past that help explain later developments between the State and Israeli Arabs. --Jewish Book World Excellent book... Good Arabs achieves an unusual poignancy. --The Jerusalem Report Highly recommended. --Choice


Paints a remarkably balanced and comprehensive picture. It is a fascinating tale, but his account ... does not make for pleasant reading. Jerusalem Post 20100205 The book's power derives from its resonance for the present day, and the way that it illuminates the attitude that Israel has taken - and still takes - toward the Palestinians. The National 20100311 A fascinating study ... with revelations about the past that help explain later developments between the State and Israeli Arabs. Jewish Book World 20100601 Readers will be engaged and informed by his skillful narrative and analysis of a much-contended topic. -- Shalom Goldman The Historian 20120301 This is a very important study, scholarly yet accessible to all levels of readers. Assoc Of Jewish Libraries Nwsltr 20110208 Excellent book... Good Arabs achieves an unusual poignancy. The Jerusalem Report 20100607 This book sensitively and convincingly illuminates the complexity of life as an 'Israeli Arab'. -- Ilana Feldman American Historical Review 20110601 Highly recommended. Choice 20101121 This book was, understandably, a best-seller in Israel. Magill's Literary Annual / Salem Press 20110204


Paints a remarkably balanced and comprehensive picture. It is a fascinating tale, but his account ... does not make for pleasant reading. --Jerusalem Post The book's power derives from its resonance for the present day, and the way that it illuminates the attitude that Israel has taken - and still takes - toward the Palestinians. -- A fascinating study ... with revelations about the past that help explain later developments between the State and Israeli Arabs. --Jewish Book World Excellent book... Good Arabs achieves an unusual poignancy. --The Jerusalem Report


Author Information

Hillel Cohen is Research Fellow at the Harry S. Truman Institute for the Advancement of Peace at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He is the author of Army of Shadows: Palestinian Collaborators with Zionism 1917-1948 (UC Press), The Present Absentees: Palestinian Refugees in Israel since 1948, and The Marketplace is Empty: The Rise and Fall of Arab Jerusalem 1967-2007.

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