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The Revolution of Sheikh Izz al-Din al-Qassam, 1935 AD

The case of weapons smuggling in October 16, 1935, which was previously mentioned, pushed Izz Al-Din Al-Qassam and his comrades to leave Haifa and move to Jenin suburbs to ask the peasants to fight the British and Zionists with their weapons. The continuation of the Zionist immigration was also a reason behind that. It reached its highest level when 61854 immigrants entered in the same year, and Wauchope, the high commissioner, said in his report to the ministry of colonies in December 7, 1935 that this number “exceeded the capacity of the country.” When the Mandate authorities knew about Al-Qassam and his comrades, they sent the police and military forces to kill them. Al-Qassam and his comrades got cornered by those forces in the area of Wabod jungles, near Jenin, in October 20, 1935, so a battle started. It was an unequal battle which ended in the martyrdom of Izz Al-Din Al-Qassam and two of his comrades. In 1935, the British police found amounts of weapons in the house of one of the Zionists in Jerusalem, who was called Aladun Haleil. The police department published this information discretely to show its commitment to public security. Nevertheless, the Zionist Haleil was not tried, and his case was concealed later on.

 

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(*) The Zionist Yitzhak brought a huge shipment of weapons from Belgium on the ship of (Aleopold II) in October 16, 1935 to the port of Jaffa. While transferring the cargo from the port, some weapons appeared from one of the cracked barrels by chance, which led to the discovery of the shipment by the marine police. Thus, the customs authorities and the police started investigating about that and discovered that there was 359 barrels containing ammunition and weapons out of 537 barrels, and that the shipment contained 344 pieces of weapons, 500 bayonet, and 400 thousand bullets.

(*) Sheikh Izz Al-Din Al-Qassam was born in 1871 in Jebla village, near Antioch in Syria. He was brought up on the Islamic values since his early age, and he joined the Syrian rebels in fighting the French colonialism. He became the head of the YMCA, and called for the armed jihad (resistance) from Al-Istiqlal mosque. (Jabara – Tayseer (Studies In The Modern History of Palestine) – op – 115.)


 

Translation: Nisreen Kamal Al-khatib