Today, Monday, marks the 88th anniversary of the martyrdom of Sheikh Izz al-Din al-Qassam, amid the 45-day-long Israeli aggression against the Gaza Strip, after the brigades that bear his name, the military wing of the Islamic Resistance Movement “Hamas,” launched Operation Al-Aqsa Flood on October 7 last year.
Sheikh Al-Qassam represents a symbol in the conscience of the Palestinian cause, and one of them Senior Arab Mujahideen In the liberation movements from Western colonialism, like many of the men who fought colonialism in their countries, such as Sheikh Omar Al-Mukhtar in Libya and Emir Abdelkader of Algeria.
The martyrdom of Al-Qassam constituted the first spark for launching the Great Palestinian Revolution against British colonialism and the plan to settle Jews abroad, in a “transfer” process sponsored by the United Kingdom, which was colonizing several countries around the world.
Who is Sheikh Izz al-Din al-Qassam?
Al-Qassam’s fame extends beyond Palestine towards the Arab and Islamic countries, and he was one of the most prominent mujahideen against French colonialism as well as in Syria, where he was born in 1882, before he moved to Palestine and formed a major revolutionary case against the joint British-Zionist project.
After the French issued a death sentence against him, Al-Qassam formed the first secret cells in Palestine To resist the occupation The British and Jewish settlement in Palestine, after joining the Young Muslim Association in 1926.
Arab and Muslim activists on social media commemorated the memory of Sheikh Mujahid, with his name linked to video clips published by the Al-Qassam Brigades, about resistance operations in Gaza, against the Israeli occupation army since the beginning of its incursion into the Strip on October 27.
“It is jihad, victory or martyrdom.”
Activist Khaled Abu Al-Roub said: “On this day, November 20, 1935, the Mujahid Sheikh Izz al-Din al-Qassam was martyred in Palestine at the hands of the British. Today, 88 years after his martyrdom, his students stand in the fields of honor and pride against the Zionist mercenaries of the land.” The teacher wrote the approach, and the students walked accordingly: “It is jihad, victory or martyrdom.”
The last statement was accompanied by the appearances of the media spokesman Al-Qassam Brigades Abu Ubaida, who has become a supporter of the Palestinian cause, cites his statements and speeches against the occupation.
The phrase is attributed to Sheikh Al-Qassam, who was besieged with a large force of the British army in the woods near the city of Jenin in 1935. Al-Qassam said, refusing to surrender at the time: “It is jihad, victory or martyrdom,” before he resisted for long hours with his comrades.
The Great Palestinian Revolt took place in 1936, after the martyrdom of Al-Qassam, and the common Arab memory, and the Palestinians in particular, documented that armed uprising in the face of the British-Zionist project, whether in school books or national libraries.
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