November 20, 1935 marks the departure of a fierce Knight, Izz ad-Din al Qassam.
Izz ad-Din al Qassam is a pioneer Arab fighter who inspired a nation and motivated it to fight for the sake of Allah. He was born in Syria and was later expelled to Palestine for resisting the French occupation of Syria and Lebanon.
In Palestine, he started delivering fiery sermons encouraging villagers to organize guerilla cells to attack the British and Jews and formed secret revolutionary groups. There were specialized units within these groups; a unit to call people to Jihad, a political communication unit, unit to spy enemies, and a military training unit.
In 1935, Al-Qassam ordered his units to launch the armed struggle. Several battles took place between British soldiers and his fighters. On November 20, 1935, after a long battle in the olive orchards of Ya’bud, the last chapter of Al Qassam’s life ended to open a new chapter for the Palestinian resistance.