On April 15 1936, on the road between Nablus and Tulkarem, Farhan al-Sa’di and a number of his comrades are waiting to ambush a Zionist vehicle with rifles in hand. Shots are fired and a Zionist is killed. This would be the very first bullet of the
The Revolt combined rudimentary weapons and random guerrilla attacks with mass protests and widespread civil disobedience. It ignited the cities and small towns, driving Palestinian leaders to take a quick stand by forming the Arab Higher Committee (
Palestinians escalated their mass strike to encompass all sectors, including municipality workers, with the exception of those working in electricity, water, and general hygiene.1
- 1. Kabaha, Mustafa Dawud. Thawrat 1936 al-Kubra Dawwafi’uha wa In’ikasatiha [The 1936 Great Revolt, Its Motivators and Effects]. Nazareth: Manshurat Maktabat al-Quds, 1988, p. 51.
Village women would send food and water to revolutionaries in the mountains, as well as military equipment smuggled amongst the firewood they carried on their heads.1
- 1. Abdul Hadi, Fayha’. “Adwar al-mar’a al-filastiniyya fi al-thalathinat 1930 – al-musahama al-siyasiyya lil mar’a al-Filastiniyya [The role of the Palestinian Woman in the Thirties, the Political Participation of the Palestinian Woman]. Al- Bira: Markaz al-Mar’a al-Filastiniyya lil-Abhath wa al-Tawthiq, 2005, p. 33-34.