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Who is a Traitor?

Hillel Cohen and Haim Watzman

in Army of Shadows

Published by University of California Press

Published in print March 2008 | ISBN: 9780520252219
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520933989 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520252219.003.0003
Who is a Traitor?

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The Palestinian national movement was hardly blind to what the Zionists were doing. It put a great deal of energy into battling “traitors” and “collaborators.” But first it had to define treason in accordance with the new circumstances it faced—in light of a new world order in which nationalism had become a major source of identity. Thus, it had to uproot norms and attitudes of the prenational era, in which the Jews were considered a protected minority rather than an enemy, and instill new norms. This chapter analyzes the national movement's initial definitions of collaboration and the means, educational and violent, with which it attempted to disseminate and inculcate these definitions in the public.

Keywords: Palestinian national movement; Zionist; treason; nationalism; Jews; collaboration

Chapter.  9762 words. 

Subjects: Asian History

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