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We, the Collaborators

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/9780520252219.003.0004
We, the Collaborators

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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

Chapter.  12341 words. 

Subjects: Asian History

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