On a summer night in 1949, two men approached the Jordanian soldiers at a military post in the Old City section of Jerusalem, a city then divided between Jewish and Arab sectors. Their names, they said, were Abdul and Yussef: Arab refugees from Palestine who wanted to catch a glimpse of their former homeland. The soldiers brought them to a fortified embankment from where they could look down onto the battered, rubble-strewn Jewish sector.
The Middle Eastern Jews Who Were Some of Israel's Earliest Undercover Spies
A wonderful new book recaptures their story and relates it to broader issues of Middle Eastern Jewish identity.