After the declaration of their revolt and the creation of the Arab Higher Committee (Lajna), Palestinians formed local committees known as the “National Committees,” whose function was to resolve problems that arose from the revolution. This included situations of emergency, such as the British Mandate’s political and military escalation against the Revolt, or the general strike that pervaded the country’s economic sphere.
The committees worked intensively to provide various forms of assistance to the people in the cities and villages, even mobilizing functional subcommittees according to circumstance. The aid committee, for instance, worked to secure and distribute donations.
The Jerusalem committee included several subcommittees, including the Automobile Committee, the Trades and Crafts Committee, the National Merchandise Promotion Committee, the Committee for the Needy and the Poor, the Lawyers Committee, the Medical Commission, and others.
The funding of these committees was based on a number of sources, including individual donations from affluent residents of cities and villages, taxes paid by Arab employees in government departments, grants and individual donations from sympathizers in Arab countries, and finally, donations and food supplies provided by farmers.