Good Arabs: The Israeli Security Agencies and the Israeli by Hillel Cohen

By Hillel Cohen

In keeping with his interpreting of top-secret documents of the Israeli police and the leading minister's workplace, Hillel Cohen exposes the whole quantity of the the most important, and, previously, willfully hidden background of Palestinian collaboration with Israelis--and of the Arab resistance to it. Cohen's past e-book, the hugely acclaimed military of Shadows,told how this hidden background performed out from 1917 to 1948, and now, in stable Arabs he makes a speciality of the process of collaborators proven by way of Israel in every Arab group after the 1948 conflict. masking a vast spectrum of attitudes and behaviors, Cohen brings jointly the tales of activists, mukhtars, collaborators, academics, and sheikhs, telling how Israeli defense businesses penetrated Arab groups, how they received collaboration, how nationwide activists fought them, and the way deeply this task inspired everyday life. while this e-book used to be first released in Hebrew, it turned a bestseller and has evoked sour thoughts and excessive discussions between Palestinians in Israel and triggered the reclassification of a number of the 1000s of records Cohen seen to discover a narrative that keeps to spread to today.

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Rabbah ῾Awad of the village of Ghabsiyya in the Galilee (known in the western Galilee as Sheikh Rabbah) provided significant assistance to the Haganah’s intelligence during the 1948 war. He smuggled arms to the Jews and worked to arrange the surrender of his and other villages during the war. 47 After the state was established, he assumed that this activity would entitle him, if not to extensive privileges, then at least to protection from the arbitrariness of the state and from the inhabitants of the nearby Jewish villages.

43 Another form of payment used by intelligence agencies around the world and adopted in some measure by Israel was erasing criminal charges. The IDF unit that maintained agents in countries bordering on Israel, Modi῾in 10 (later called Unit 154, and still later Unit 504), occasionally made requests of this sort of the police, as did other intelligence agencies. 44 Officer Ovadiah Novoselsky, a Karkur police inspector who utilized collaborators in the northern Triangle, referred to another motive.

14 The warm reception of Israeli forces in the Negev and elsewhere and the Arabs’ willingness to cooperate with them led many Israeli field personnel to conclude that the Arabs were pleased to be under Israeli rule. 15 In July 1949, the Nazareth police reported, “Cooperation between the police and the mukhtars proves its effectiveness in the war against infiltrators. ” 17 But this honeymoon did not last long, and the atmosphere quickly changed. In mid-November, the police station in Karkur (which was in charge of the northern Triangle) reported to its district headquarters, “Hatred for the authorities is growing steadily,” and toward the end of this month a report written by the Haifa District Headquarters stated, “The mood regarding the authorities has definitely changed.

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