Academic journal article Middle East Quarterly

Palestine Investigated: The Criminal Investigation Department of the Palestine Police Force, 1920-1948

Academic journal article Middle East Quarterly

Palestine Investigated: The Criminal Investigation Department of the Palestine Police Force, 1920-1948

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Palestine Investigated: The Criminal Investigation Department of the Palestine Police Force, 1920-1948. By Eldad Harouvi. Brighton: Sussex Academic Press, 2016. 321 pp. $94.95.

Based on deep analysis of Criminal Investigation Department (CID) documents discovered in Israeli archives and his own interviews with CID personnel, Harouvi's examination shows how the CID of the Palestine police force evolved from an organization investigating crime to one designed to protect British rule and keep Jews and Arabs from each other's throats.

Answering to the chief secretary of the mandatory government and ultimately to the Colonial Office in London, the CID was originally a forensic investigation branch. But its focus shifted with changing political situations. Harouvi recounts that in the 1920s, the emphasis was equally on crime and communists, but after being caught completely off-guard by the Arab riots of 1929, CID became an intelligence and preventive security unit. Thereafter, it collected detailed information on Arabs and Jews- including through informers-produced political analyses and estimates, and supported security operations.

According to the author's research, the outbreak of Arab violence in late 1935, which escalated into the "Great Revolt" of 1936-39, saw the CID work ever more closely with the police and the growing British military presence. By the end of this period, with the violent eruption exhausted and suppressed, the CID focused more on the Jewish sector. …

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