Old Collaborators, New Traitors

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:
Old Collaborators, New Traitors

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The Arab rebellion that started in 1936 led to two significant changes in collaboration between Arabs and the Zionist movement. For one, the scope of the term “treason” was broadened in Arab public discourse. Actions previously considered legitimate or tolerable were now outside the pale, and the number of “traitors” rose accordingly. Additionally, sanctions against traitors became much more severe. This explains the Arabs' willingness to use the ultimate weapon—murder—in their struggle against deviators. But attacking traitors does not always create unity. In the Palestinian case, it did the opposite, alienating important people and groups, who refused to accept the new norms and distanced themselves from the leadership. Social and political unity actually declined, and new forms of collaboration appeared, including actual combat against Arab rebels.

Keywords: Arab rebellion; British; Palestine; Zionist movement; treason; murder; political unity

Chapter.  11271 words. 

Subjects: Asian History

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