The “Traitors” Counterattack

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:
The “Traitors” Counterattack

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This chapter argues that institutionalized collaboration had four sources: the Palestinian opposition's sense that it had reached a dead end and must choose between dissolution and accepting help from the Zionists; the desire for revenge on the part of people whose relatives had been murdered by the rebels; local leaders' fears of changes in the existing social order; and an alternative view of Palestinian nationalism and Jewish-Arab relations. Fakhri Nashashibi and Fakhri 'Abd al-Hadi were among the leaders of this institutionalized collaboration. As the rebellion deteriorated into corruption and crime, the national interest became more and more marginal and Jewish intelligence had greater success. Meanwhile, the perception that Christians were closer to the government than Muslims was prevalent in Zionist intelligence. Most of the aid the British and Zionists received in suppressing the rebellion came from Muslims—members of the peace units, villagers, Bedouin, and urban Arabs throughout the country.

Keywords: Zionist movement; Jewish intelligence; Arab rebellion; institutionalized collaboration; Fakhri Nashashibi

Chapter.  10663 words. 

Subjects: Asian History

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