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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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Boundary Breakers

Boundary Breakers

Infiltrators, Smugglers, Spies

Chapter:
(p.65) Three Boundary Breakers
Source:
Good Arabs
Author(s):

Hillel Cohen

Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:10.1525/california/9780520257672.003.0004

Palestinian nationalists maintained that Arab refugees who were uprooted during the 1948 hostilities had the right to return to their homes. Infiltration was one of the most acute challenges faced by the young state of Israel. Some infiltrators were out to kill and avenge as well as to act as spies. Others were motivated by destitution. Some of them lived by robbery and theft in the country that had arisen on the ruins of their villages, and others worked as smugglers. Arabs who crossed the border with the intention of remaining in the country jeopardized Israel's demographic balance, and smugglers undercut the country's sovereignty within its borders. It is hardly surprising, then, that the battle against infiltration, both defensive and offensive, was the focal point of Israel Defense Forces operations; the police force and military government also worked hard against it. There were collaborators with Arab intelligence organizations who conveyed information about Israel over the border, nationalists who sheltered infiltrators, and informers who turned them in.

Keywords:   Arabs, refugees, Israel, collaborators, infiltrators, Israel Defense Forces, nationalists, infiltration, spies, smugglers

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