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Abd Al-Qader Husseini

(1907 - 1948)

Born in 1907 in Jerusalem; Son of Musa Qassem (Pasha) al-Husseini; graduate in chemistry at the American University of Cairo; organized a Congress of Educated Muslims in the early 1930s to fight discrimination against Palestinian Arabs in government services; founder (1931) and leader of the Al-Jihad Al-Muqaddas (Holy War) organization; leader of the Palestinian resistance during the Great Revolt of 1936-39; guerilla commander for the Jerusalem district; exiled in 1938, returned secretly to Jerusalem in 1948 after and was commander of the volunteer force of al-Jihad al-Muqaddas (Holy War Army); resistance organizer and Palestinian leader during the 1948 war; killed in a counter attack at Qastel, west of Jerusalem, on April 8, 1948.

Sources: PASSIA