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Yusuf Hamdan

Yusuf Hamdan
Born Umm al-Fahm, Mutasarrifate of Jerusalem, Ottoman Empire
Died December 1939
Umm al-Fahm, Mandatory Palestine
Nationality Palestinian
Known for Rebel Commander in the 1936–39 Palestine revolt

Yusuf Hamdan (died December 1939) was a Palestinian rebel commander during the 1936-1939 Arab revolt in British Mandatory Palestine. He was born in the village of Umm al-Fahm and was of Turkmen descent.[1]

Hamdan was among the highest ranking commanders in the revolt who had been previously involved in the anti-British armed movement of Jenin Subdistrict at the time, Hamdan was the most "intelligent" rebel commander of the revolt.[2]

In late December 1939, the British Army received word via the Royal Dragoons and the police in Hadera that Hamdan and some 15 of his men were camped in Umm al-Fahm. Acting on this information, they ambushed Hamdan.[3] According to a British record of the clashes, a "fierce" firefight ensued, in which Hamdan was shot and killed at point-blank range by British Corporal Whiley, a member of the Royal Dragoons. A number of British officers were wounded in the battle.[4] Hamdan was buried in the Muslim cemetery of al-Lajjun, a village which was later depopulated and destroyed by Israeli forces during the 1948 Arab-Israeli War. His tombstone still remained as of 1987.[5]


  1. ^ a b Patai, 1970, p. 232.
  2. ^ a b Kedourie, Elie (2015), "Qassamites in the Arab Revolt, 1936-39", Zionism and Arabism in Palestine and Israe, Routledge,  
  3. ^ Graham, 1948, p. 10.
  4. ^ A Record of the War: The Second Quarter, December 1939-February 1940, Hutchinson, 1940, p. 45 
  5. ^ Khalidi, 1992, p. 337.


  • Graham, Frederick Clarence Campbell (1948), History of the Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders, 1st Battalion (Princess Louise's) 1939-1945, T. Nelson & Sons 
  • Patai, Raphael (1970), Israel between East and West: a study in human relations, Greenwood Pub. Corp 
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