The Enemy Within

Beset by the Israelis, the Palestinians are seeing collaborators all over

The accused are doomed from the start. The judges refer to them openly as "traitors." No private lawyers will represent them, and their government-appointed attorneys put up little or no defense. Palestinians arrested for collaborating with the Israelis are a pitiable lot. Even relatives keep their distance, out of both shame and fear. In a Nablus courtroom two weeks ago, the nephew of a Palestinian official assassinated by the Israelis beat up a relative of the collaborator on trial for helping carry out the hit. But the simple allegation that one is a collaborator can be a death sentence. This year...

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