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Army of ShadowsPalestinian Collaboration with Zionism, 1917-1948$
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Hillel Cohen

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780520252219

Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520252219.001.0001

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We, the Collaborators

We, the Collaborators

(p.66) Chapter 3 We, the Collaborators
Army of Shadows

Hillel Cohen

Haim Watzman

University of California Press

This chapter considers the collaborators of the period preceding the Arab rebellion of 1936–39 and the way they viewed Palestinian nationalism. It also describes the methods used by Zionist institutions to enlist collaborators as well as the means, some of them morally and legally ambiguous, collaborators used to help the Zionists. The discussion covers the years 1917–35. One major reason why Arabs choose to cooperate with the Zionist movement even before it reached the peak of its power was the way they saw the three-way relationship among the British, Arabs, and Zionists. Many Arabs perceived the Zionists as part of the British administration. “Moral” collaborators at times asked for compensation in exchange for their services. Land agents sometimes justified their actions with nationalist terminology; perhaps they even believed that they had chosen the right path.

Keywords:   Arab rebellion, collaborators, Palestinian nationalism, Zionist institutions

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