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Army of Shadows: Palestinian Collaboration with Zionism, 1917-1948

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"The value of Cohen's erudite book lies in its meticulous recounting of the history of Arab-Zionist cooperation and collaboration, period by period, region by region, family by family. There are many eye-opening — and pathetic — tales, often well-told....The picture presented is thorough and fair and persuasive." Benny Morris, The New Repbulic (read the entire New Republic review)

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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.

Army of Shadows offers a crucial new view of history from below and raises profound questions about the roots of the Israel-Palestine conflict.

Review:

"An important academic work that is accessible to general readers." The Cutting Edge

Review:

"Cohen adds human insights to one of the most painful dimensions of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Fascinating." Tom Segev, author of 1967: Israel, the War, and the Year that Transformed the Middle East

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"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. This is a remarkable contribution to scholarship on the modern history of Palestine, on Palestinian society and politics, and on the Zionist project." Zachary Lockman, author of Contending Visions of the Middle East: the History and Politics of Orientalism

Review:

"An important academic work that is accessible to general readers." Jerusalem Post

About the Author

Hillel Cohen is Research Fellow at the Truman Institute for the Advancement of Peace at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He is the author of The Present Absentee: Palestinian Refugees in Israel since 1948 and Good Arabs: The Israeli Security Services and the Israeli Arabs.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments

Introduction

I. TWO NATIONALISMS MEET, 1917–1935

1. Utopia and Its Collapse

2. Who Is a Traitor?

3. We, the Collaborators

II. REBELS AND TRAITORS, 1936–1939

4. Old Collaborators, New Traitors

5. Unity Ends

6. The “Traitors” Counterattack

III. WAR IN EUROPE, WAR AT HOME

7. World War, Local Calm

8. Prelude to War

9. Treason and Defeat: The 1948 War

Conclusion

Notes

Bibliography

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780520252219
Subtitle:
1948
Publisher:
University of California Press
Translator:
Watzman, Haim
Author:
Cohen, Hillel
Subject:
Middle East - General
Subject:
Middle East - Israel
Subject:
Jews
Subject:
History
Subject:
Collaborationists
Subject:
Jewish-Arab relations -- History -- 1917-1948.
Subject:
Middle East
Subject:
World History-Middle East
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Publication Date:
20090204
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
Professional and scholarly
Language:
English
Pages:
352
Dimensions:
9 x 6 x 1 in 1.01 lb

Related Subjects

History and Social Science » Middle East » Arab Israeli Conflict
History and Social Science » Middle East » General History
History and Social Science » World History » Middle East
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Product details 352 pages University of California Press - English 9780520252219 Reviews:
"Review A Day" by , "The value of Cohen's erudite book lies in its meticulous recounting of the history of Arab-Zionist cooperation and collaboration, period by period, region by region, family by family. There are many eye-opening — and pathetic — tales, often well-told....The picture presented is thorough and fair and persuasive." (read the entire New Republic review)
"Review" by , "An important academic work that is accessible to general readers."
"Review" by , "Cohen adds human insights to one of the most painful dimensions of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Fascinating."
"Review" by , "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. This is a remarkable contribution to scholarship on the modern history of Palestine, on Palestinian society and politics, and on the Zionist project." Zachary Lockman, author of Contending Visions of the Middle East: the History and Politics of Orientalism
"Review" by , "An important academic work that is accessible to general readers."
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