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Good Arabs : the Israeli security agencies and the Israeli Arabs, 1948-1967 /
Hillel Cohen ; translated by Haim Watzman.
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Berkeley : University of California Press, c2010.
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xiii, 281 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
ISBN
0520257677 (cloth : alk. paper), 9780520257672 (cloth : alk. paper)
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imprint
Berkeley : University of California Press, c2010.
isbn
0520257677 (cloth : alk. paper)
9780520257672 (cloth : alk. paper)
contents note
Beginning a beautiful friendship: the rise of the collaborator class -- Communists vs. the military government, collaborators vs. communists -- Boundary breakers: infiltrators, smugglers, spies -- The land -- The battle of the narrative: symbols, pronouncements, teachers -- Minorities within a minority: dilemmas of identity -- Circles of control, circles of resistance.
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6981761
 
Includes bibliographical references (p. 265-268) and index.
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"A fascinating story. ... With the publication of this book, we can abandon several accepted cliches."--Ha'aretz "While many Israelis--Jews and Palestinians alike--already had a sense that these shadowplays were part of the state's history,Aravim Tovim (Good Arabs)supplies the evidence. Case after case is summoned to illustrate how collaboration permeated all aspects of Palestinian society."--The Nation "The impressive achievement of this timely book is its equal and honest treatment of the explosive issues involved in spite of an often agonizing conflict of interests--and its articulation of the author's findings with empathy, boldness and fairness."--Jerusalem Post
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"A fascinating story. . . . With the publication of this book, we can abandon several accepted clichés."-- Ha'aretz "While many Israelis--Jews and Palestinians alike--already had a sense that these shadowplays were part of the state's history, Aravim Tovim (Good Arabs) supplies the evidence. Case after case is summoned to illustrate how collaboration permeated all aspects of Palestinian society."-- The Nation "The impressive achievement of this timely book is its equal and honest treatment of the explosive issues involved in spite of an often agonizing conflict of interests--and its articulation of the author's findings with empathy, boldness and fairness."-- Jerusalem Post
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"A fascinating story. . . . With the publication of this book, we can abandon several accepted clichÉs."--Ha'aretz "While many Israelis--Jews and Palestinians alike--already had a sense that these shadowplays were part of the state's history,Aravim Tovim (Good Arabs)supplies the evidence. Case after case is summoned to illustrate how collaboration permeated all aspects of Palestinian society."--The Nation "The impressive achievement of this timely book is its equal and honest treatment of the explosive issues involved in spite of an often agonizing conflict of interests--and its articulation of the author's findings with empathy, boldness and fairness."--Jerusalem Post
Full Text Reviews
Appeared in Choice on 2010-11-01:
Good Arabs is the significant continuation of Cohen's Army of Shadows: Palestinian Collaboration with Zionism, 1917-1948 (CH, Dec.'08, 46-2263). Drawing especially from the police files of Israeli State Archives from 1948-67, Cohen (Hebrew Univ.) cogently analyzes the network of informers and collaborators within the Israeli Arab community. He labels them as "Good Arabs" because they fostered Israeli goals of imposing the Zionist narrative over Arab nationalist themes and exploiting and widening divisions in Palestinian religious and ethnic communities and enforced obedience to and accommodation with state authorities. Those Palestinians who remained after the 1948 war faced "the dilemma of how to relate to the state of Israel and its institutions"--the perspective of traditional village leaders and opportunists, who cooperated in order to protect their communities and themselves, versus the nationalists, who wanted to right the wrongs of 1948 and identify with fellow Arabs. The title appears to undercut the author's otherwise objective and balanced analysis of the difficult and varying relations between the new Israeli state and its 15 percent Palestinian Arab minority. Summing Up: Highly recommended. All levels/libraries. B. Harris Jr. emeritus, Occidental College
Appeared in Publishers Weekly on 2009-10-05:
Israeli writer Cohen (Army of Shadows) makes extensive use of the thousands of recently declassified Israeli government and police files to argue that Israel has attempted, from its earliest days, to control and co-opt the lives of its Palestinian citizens (roughly 20% of the population) and has utilized classic tools of social control-informants, censorship, offers of reward and threats of punishment-to neutralize a potentially "seditious" faction and to turn the community "from members of the imagined Palestinian community/nation... into members of Israeli civil society." He explores how deeply Israel infiltrated Palestinian communities, political groups and refugee camps to secure informants and create a veritable "collaborator class" to "ensure a maximal control over the political and social behavior of Israel's Arab population." Stressing that the behavior of both sides is typical of national majority-minority relationships everywhere, he shows the extent to which Israel has treated its Arab citizens as one-dimensional characters open to manipulation, and shrewdly observes that the irony for Israel is that because the state couldn't offer non-Jewish citizens "a real path to participation... the state actually reinforced Arab identity among its Arab citizens." (Jan.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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"Excellent book. . . . Good Arabs achieves an unusual poignancy."-- The Jerusalem Report
"Highly recommended."
"Highly recommended." CHOICE
"Paints a remarkably balanced and comprehensive picture. It is a fascinating tale, but his account . . . does not make for pleasant reading."
"A fascinating study . . . with revelations about the past that help explain later developments between the State and Israeli Arabs."
"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."
"Paints a remarkably balanced and comprehensive picture. It is a fascinating tale, but his account . . . does not make for pleasant reading."-- Jerusalem Post
"Readers will be engaged and informed by his skillful narrative and analysis of a much-contended topic."
"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."--
"This book sensitively and convincingly illuminates the complexity of life as an 'Israeli Arab'.
"This book was, understandably, a best-seller in Israel."
"This is a very important study, scholarly yet accessible to all levels of readers."
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Summaries
Main Description
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.
Main Description
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 acclaimedArmy of Shadows,told how this hidden history played out from 1917 to 1948, and now, inGood Arabshe 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. It also prompted the reclassification of many of the hundreds of documents Cohen viewed to uncover this story, one that is central for understanding the development of Israel and one that continues to unfold to this day.
Bowker Data Service Summary
Covering a broad spectrum of attitudes and behaviours, this book brings together the stories of activists, mukhtars, collaborators, teachers, and sheikhs, telling how Israeli security agencies penetrated Arab communities, how they obtained collaboration, and how activists fought them.
Table of Contents
Illustrationsp. ix
Prefacep. xi
Acknowledgmentsp. xiii
Introductionp. 1
Beginning a Beautiful Friendship: The Rise of the Collaborator Classp. 11
Communists vs. the Military Government, Collaborators vs. Communistsp. 39
Boundary Breakers: Infiltrators, Smugglers, Spiesp. 65
The Landp. 95
The Battle of the Narrative: Symbols, Pronouncements, Teachersp. 123
Minorities within a Minority: Dilemmas of Identityp. 159
Cirlces of Control, Circles of Resistancep. 195
Conclusionp. 231
Notesp. 239
Bibliographyp. 265
Indexp. 269
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