Good Arabs: The Israeli Security Agencies and the Israeli Arabs, 1948-1967
  • Good Arabs: The Israeli Security Agencies and the Israeli Arabs, 1948-1967
  • Good Arabs: The Israeli Security Agencies and the Israeli Arabs, 1948-1967

Good Arabs: The Israeli Security Agencies and the Israeli Arabs, 1948-1967

by Hillel Cohen
     
 

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"A fascinating story. . . . With the publication of this book, we can abandon several accepted clichés."—Ha'aretz

"While many Israelis—Jews and Palestinians alike—already had a sense that these shadowplays were part of the state's history, Aravim Tovim (Good Arabs) supplies the evidence. Case after case is summoned to illustrate

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"A fascinating story. . . . With the publication of this book, we can abandon several accepted clichés."—Ha'aretz

"While many Israelis—Jews and Palestinians alike—already had a sense that these shadowplays were part of the state's history, Aravim Tovim (Good Arabs) supplies the evidence. Case after case is summoned to illustrate how collaboration permeated all aspects of Palestinian society."—The Nation

"The impressive achievement of this timely book is its equal and honest treatment of the explosive issues involved in spite of an often agonizing conflict of interests—and its articulation of the author's findings with empathy, boldness and fairness."—Jerusalem Post

Editorial Reviews

Choice

“Highly recommended.”
Publishers Weekly
Israeli writer Cohen (Army of Shadows) makes extensive use of the thousands of recently declassified Israeli government and police files to argue that Israel has attempted, from its earliest days, to control and co-opt the lives of its Palestinian citizens (roughly 20% of the population) and has utilized classic tools of social control—informants, censorship, offers of reward and threats of punishment—to neutralize a potentially “seditious” faction and to turn the community “from members of the imagined Palestinian community/nation... into members of Israeli civil society.” He explores how deeply Israel infiltrated Palestinian communities, political groups and refugee camps to secure informants and create a veritable “collaborator class” to “ensure a maximal control over the political and social behavior of Israel’s Arab population.” Stressing that the behavior of both sides is typical of national majority-minority relationships everywhere, he shows the extent to which Israel has treated its Arab citizens as one-dimensional characters open to manipulation, and shrewdly observes that the irony for Israel is that because the state couldn’t offer non-Jewish citizens “a real path to participation... the state actually reinforced Arab identity among its Arab citizens.” (Jan.)
Magill's Literary Annual / Salem Press

“This book was, understandably, a best-seller in Israel.”
Jerusalem Post

“Paints a remarkably balanced and comprehensive picture. It is a fascinating tale, but his account . . . does not make for pleasant reading.”
The National

“The book’s power derives from its resonance for the present day, and the way that it illuminates the attitude that Israel has taken – and still takes – toward the Palestinians.”
Jewish Book World

“A fascinating study . . . with revelations about the past that help explain later developments between the State and Israeli Arabs.”
The Historian - Shalom Goldman

“Readers will be engaged and informed by his skillful narrative and analysis of a much-contended topic.”
Assoc Of Jewish Libraries Nwsltr

“This is a very important study, scholarly yet accessible to all levels of readers.”
The Jerusalem Report

“Excellent book. . . . Good Arabs achieves an unusual poignancy.”
American Historical Review - Ilana Feldman

“This book sensitively and convincingly illuminates the complexity of life as an ‘Israeli Arab’.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780520257672
Publisher:
University of California Press
Publication date:
01/06/2010
Pages:
282
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.00(d)

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"Paints a remarkably balanced and comprehensive picture. It is a fascinating tale, but his account . . . does not make for pleasant reading."—Jerusalem Post

"The book's power derives from its resonance for the present day, and the way that it illuminates the attitude that Israel has taken - and still takes - toward the Palestinians."—

"A fascinating study . . . with revelations about the past that help explain later developments between the State and Israeli Arabs."—Jewish Book World

"Excellent book. . . . Good Arabs achieves an unusual poignancy."—The Jerusalem Report

"Highly recommended."—Choice

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