Communists and the 1948 war: PCP, Maki, and the national liberation league

Ilana Kaufman

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This paper analyzes the way in which Palestine's Jewish and Arab communist parties, the PCP-Maki and the National Liberation League, acted during the 1948 war. Both groups made separate and different efforts to make the two-state solution a reality as originally conceived in the UN partition plan. Ironically, the decisive Jewish victory in the war resulted in an asymmetry between the Jewish Communists the Palestinian Communists when they were unified toward the end of the 1948 war. Despite Maki's labors for an Israeli victory, its standing in the nascent Israeli political system toward the end of the war remained marginal. The concept of Jewish-Arab cooperation under the aegis of the USSR was seen by the Zionist establishment as dangerous and subversive.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)115-144
Number of pages30
JournalJournal of Israeli History
Issue number2
StatePublished - 3 Jul 2014

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  • 1948 War
  • Maki
  • National Liberation League
  • Palestine Communist Party
  • Soviet Union


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