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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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Circles of Control, Circles of Resistance

Circles of Control, Circles of Resistance

(p.194) Seven Circles of Control, Circles of Resistance
Good Arabs

Hillel Cohen

University of California Press

In May 1921, Arabs from the villages on the Sharon plain, north of Tel Aviv, attacked the surrounding Jewish settlements. In Palestinian historical literature, this offensive is considered the beginning of organized Palestinian resistance to Zionism. They had only limited success because of the meager arms they had at their disposal (only a few dozen had guns), because of advance warnings received by the Jews, and because of a sharp British response. But their initiative and resolve made the attackers paragons of Palestinian nationalism. Although the security agencies did not cease to intervene in Arab politics, their efforts grew less effective. The story of Tareq 'Abd al-Hayy illustrates the nature of the General Security Service's activity and the measure of its success during Israel's first two decades. The considerable benefit that the security authorities received from their power to dismiss and appoint mukhtars reinforced their opposition to the establishment of municipal governments in the villages. The result was a fierce struggle against the Ministry of Interior, which sought to further the municipalization process.

Keywords:   Arabs, Jews, Israel, Zionism, nationalism, resistance, security agencies, General Security Service, Tareq 'Abd al-Hayy, municipal governments

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