Historical records from the early decades of statehood reveal Israel took a keen interest in how Independence Day was marked in the country’s Palestinian communities. The documents show that the Military Government and the Israel Police inquired into minutiae such as who raised a flag in a specific village, where celebrations were held, what character they took, who watched the military parade, who did not, and more.

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Headquarters of the Military Government to Military Governors,
April 9, 1950.

Letter of Head of the Special Functions Unit, Acre,
May 27, 1958.

Report of Israel Police Petah Tikva / Sharon District Commander,
May 19, 1962