Sheikh Izz Al-Din Al-Qassam

( -1935)


Born in Ladeqiya, Syria; Muslim preacher, religious teacher and social reformer with residence in Haifa; Muslim Brotherhood member; preached Jihad (holy war) and revolution against both the British and the Zionists; organiser and leader of the first Palestinian guerilla group, acting against British security forces while preaching in Hebron; killed in action (first Palestinian guerilla act) against British forces on November 19, 1935; his martyrdom triggered the Great Revolt of 1936-39, and his example was very much in the mind of Arafat and his colleagues three decades later; today, the armed wing of the Islamic Resistance Movement, Hamas, is named after him.


Source: PASSIA