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Pre-State Israel:
Photographs from 1936 Arab Riots

(April - November 1936)


Pre-State Israel: Table of Contents | 1936 Arab Riots | 1929 Hebron Massacre


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In April 1936, the Arab High Command formed, led by Mufti Haj Amin al-Husseini, and called for a general strike of Arab workers and a boycott of Jewish products. These actions swiftly escalated into terrorist attacks against the Jews and the British. This first stage of the "Arab Revolt" lasted until November 1936. The second stage began in September 1937, shortly after the Peel Commission recommended the partition of Palestine. In this second phase, clashes with the British forces became much more severe, as did the attacks on Jewish settlements.

Palestine Arabs at Abou Ghosh take the oath of allegiance to the Arab cause to fight Jewish immigration

Arab gathering at Abou Ghosh.


Tel-Aviv Abou Kbir Police Post

Jaffa. No-man's land between Jaffa & Tel-Aviv


British troops engaged in a general search for arms

Old town Jaffa. British troops searching inhabitants for arms


Jewish exodus from the Old City of Jerusalem, taken near the Jaffa Gate

Precautionary measure on Friday, battlements of the Tower of David mounted by military guards.


Members of the Arab Higher Committee.
Front row (l-r): Ragheb Bey Nashashibi; Haj Amin el-Husseini; Ahmed Hilmi Pasha; Abdul Latif Bey Es-Salah; and Mr. Alfred Roke

Delegation of American senators and their wives visiting the Temple Area in Jerusalem. The party is here seen leaving the Dome of the Rock, seen in the background, on their way to visit Mosque el-Aksa.


Jaffa. Manshieh quarter incendiary. Jewish apartment house

Jaffa. Jewish lumber yard burnt down.


Jaffa. Dynamiting slum sections.

Jaffa. Royal Engineers in demolishing area.


Funeral of Tel Aviv Mayor Meir Dizengoff who died on September 23, 1936.

Dr. Chaim Weizmann at the Office of the Royal Commission

Sources: Library of Congress

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