By Hillel Cohen
Encouraged via tales he heard within the West financial institution as a baby, Hillel Cohen uncovers a hidden background during this remarkable and wonderfully written book--a background crucial to the narrative of the Israel-Palestine clash yet for the main half willfully overlooked beforehand. In military of Shadows, firstly released in Israel to excessive acclaim and excessive controversy, he tells the tale of Arabs who, from the very starting of the Arab-Israeli stumble upon, sided with the Zionists and aided them politically, economically, and in defense issues. in keeping with newly declassified files and study in Zionist, Arab, and British resources, military of Shadows follows Bedouins who hosted Jewish pals, guns purchasers, pro-Zionist propagandists, and informers and native leaders who cooperated with the Zionists, and others to bare an alternative heritage of the mandate interval with repercussions extending to at the present time. The booklet illuminates the Palestinian nationalist circulate, which branded those "collaborators" as traitors and persecuted them; the Zionist flow, which used them to undermine Palestinian society from inside of and betrayed them; and the collaborators themselves, who held an alternative view of Palestinian nationalism. military of Shadows deals a vital new view of heritage from lower than and increases profound questions on the roots of the Israel-Palestine clash.
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Tuqan published pamphlets under the title al-Haqa’iq al-Majhoula (Hidden Truths), in which he laid out proposals for Jewish-Arab cooperation based on his own experience as a party organizer. ”46 Three tactics were notable in the work of Arab mercenary writers: they portrayed Zionism’s positive features and an idealized model of Jewish-Arab relations; they cast the Palestinian Arab leadership in a negative light; and they tried to widen the religious fissure in Arab society. UTOPIA AND ITS COLLAPSE / 31 These tactics were consistent with the program drafted at the beginning of the 1920s, but as the illusion dissipated and the Zionist leadership abandoned its hope for general Arab acquiescence in the establishment of a Jewish national home in Palestine, the use of Arab newspapers focused primarily on deepening the fissures in Palestinian Arab society and presenting the strength of the Zionist movement—just as Shertok had proposed.
Others had been part of the Ottoman administration and joined the national movement as a result of the new world order. 43 4 4 / T W O N A T I O N A L I S M S M E E T, 1 9 1 7 – 1 9 3 5 The initial instinct of some prominent members of the Arab national movement in Palestine was to view the country as part of a future united Arab kingdom, to be headed by Faysal, the Hashemite leader of the Arab rebellion who established his capital in Damascus. But Faysal’s regime collapsed in summer 1920 soon after its establishment.
Without Jewish-owned real estate, the Zionists could not immigrate in increasing numbers, establish settlements, or build a new Jewish society based on the return to the land. Palestinian cooperation was a necessary condition for realization of this Zionist vision. Despite restrictions imposed by the Ottoman government and the opposition that began to make itself heard in the Arab public, by 1917 the Zionist movement had managed to purchase more than 420,000 dunams, most of it in five blocks: the eastern parts of the Upper and the Lower Galilee; the Hadera–Zikhron Ya‘akov block, on the coastal plain south of Haifa; the Petah Tikva–Kfar Saba block, northeast of Jaffa; and the Judean colonies southeast of Jaffa.