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Good ArabsThe Israeli Security Agencies and the Israeli Arabs, 1948-1967$
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Hillel Cohen

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780520257672

Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520257672.001.0001

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The Battle of the Narrative

The Battle of the Narrative

Symbols, Pronouncements, Teachers

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(p.123) Five The Battle of the Narrative
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Good Arabs
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Hillel Cohen

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University of California Press
DOI:10.1525/california/9780520257672.003.0006

One of the tasks collaborators were assigned was to pass on information about people who spoke out against the state of Israel, its leaders, or its institutions. Critical statements were recorded in the dossiers of those who made them; the police goal was to have a file on every adult Arab citizen, especially those who were criminally and politically active. In the big picture, this collection of utterances had three purposes: to keep tabs on the general mood of the Arab population, to identify individuals who might potentially take action against the state, and to establish boundaries for the permitted discourse of Arabs in Israel. From the start, the security forces took a special interest in collecting statements against collaboration and collaborators. The security forces institutionalized their surveillance of Arab speech. Self-censorship also became an established practice. In addition, they severely punished teachers who expressed opinions opposed to those of the system. This chapter examines the violent clash between two ideologies and their symbols: the Jewish state and its emblems versus Arab nationalism and its emblems.

Keywords:   Arabs, symbols, Israel, collaborators, teachers, nationalism, self-censorship, speech, collaboration

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