1936 Tulkarm shooting

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1936 Tulkarm shooting
Part of the 1936–39 Arab revolt in Palestine
LocationAnabta, British Mandate of Palestine
Coordinates32°18′26″N 35°07′10″E / 32.30722°N 35.11944°E / 32.30722; 35.11944Coordinates: 32°18′26″N 35°07′10″E / 32.30722°N 35.11944°E / 32.30722; 35.11944
Date15 April 1936
Attack type
Shooting, Execution
Non-fatal injuries
PerpetratorsArab Qassamite [1]

The 1936 shooting of two Jews on the road between Anabta and Tulkarm took place in British Mandatory Palestine. Jews retaliated the next day against Arabs in Tel Aviv killing two in Petah Tikvah.[2]


On the evening of 15 April 1936, a group of Arabs believed to be followers of Izz al-Din al-Qassam near Anabta constructed a roadblock on the road between Nablus and Tulkarm, stopping about 20 vehicles moving along that road, and demanding arms and cash from the drivers. The Arabs separated two Jewish drivers and one passenger (Israel Hazan) from the others and shot them. Two of the shooting victims died; one survived.[3][4][5] The Arabs told their victims that they were gathering the money and munitions to carry on the work of the "Holy Martyrs" who had worked with Izz ad-Din al-Qassam (then recently killed) with the goal of killing "all Jews and Britons in Palestine."[6][better source needed]

One of the other drivers in the convoy was left unharmed when he shouted "I am a Christian German," and was told to "Go ahead for Hitler's sake."[6][better source needed]

One of the dead, Zvi Danenberg, was driving a truckload of crated chickens to Tel Aviv.[3] Danenberg survived for 5 days before dying of his wounds. Yisrael Hazan, age 70, died immediately after being shot; he had recently immigrated to Palestine from Salonika.[3][7] He is buried in the Trumpeldor Cemetery.[8]

Funeral and protests[edit]

Two Arab laborers were killed on the following night near Petah Tikva, one describing the attackers as Jews before he died.[6][better source needed]

Hazan's 17 April funeral in Tel Aviv was the scene of demonstrations with thousands of protestors marching against the British government of Palestine and against the Arab attacks on Jews.[3][5] “All the stores in the city were closed. The factories also stopped work during the funeral."[8]

According to a British report, on April 17, cases of assault by Jews against Arabs "took place in Herzl Street, ha-Yarkon Street, Allenby Road near the General Post Office, outside the Cinema Moghraby and at the seashore bus terminus".[2]

The Anabta/Tulkarm shooting is widely seen as prelude to or as the beginning of the violence and killings of the 1936–39 Arab revolt in Palestine, which began on The Bloody Day in Jaffa, 19 April 1936.[3][8][9] Within days, memorial books were being sold with Hazan's photo on the cover, and a text describing him as "the first victim," and promising yizkor memorial prayers along with "pictures and facts" about Jews killed by Arabs during Nisan 5696 (roughly corresponding to April 1936).[10]


In the aftermath of the incidents in April, Britain adopted a form of statutory military law consisting of reprisals and collective punishment, which often served to strike at the population because actual fighters, who were supported by civilians, were difficult to identify. The measures taken included systematic destruction of Arab property during search raids, particularly in the rural areas; house demolitions, often consisting of blowing up the finer houses in the area concerned; the looting of Palestinian property, though officially frowned on; the despoiling of food reserves; collective fines imposed on villages; and setting up military outposts in villages with the residents required to bear the burden by covering the expense. The British heavily censored Arab-language newspapers to conceal reports of their activities: the same did not apply to the Hebrew-language press which managed to get better coverage of the military's actions in the field.[11]


  1. ^ 'Nablus Bandits Seen as Izz ed Din's followers', Palestine Post, Friday, 17 April 1936.
  2. ^ a b Kelly, Matthew (2017). The Crime of Nationalism: Britain, Palestine, and Nation-Building on the Fringe of Empire. Oakland, California: University of California Press. p. 12. ISBN 0-520-29149-2.
  3. ^ a b c d e Ian Black; Benny Morris (1981). Israel's Secret Wars: A History of Israel's Intelligence Services. Grove Press. p. 1. ISBN 0-8021-3286-3.
  4. ^ Morris, Benny (3 February 2011). "Fallible Memory". The New Republic. Retrieved 23 August 2016.
  5. ^ a b Charles Townshend (historian) (7 July 1989). "The First Intifada: Rebellion in Palestine 1936–39". History Today. Retrieved 23 August 2016.
  6. ^ a b c "Front Page 1 – No Title, Wireless to The New York Times" 18 April 1936 [1].
  7. ^ "2 More Jews Die of Riot Wounds; 10 Wounded in New Jaffa Attacks". Jewish Telegraphic Agency. 21 April 1936. Retrieved 25 August 2016.
  8. ^ a b c Ofer, Aderet (16 April 2016). "The Intifada That Raged More Than 10 Years Before Israel Was Established". Haaretz. Retrieved 25 August 2016.
  9. ^ Mustafa Kabha. "The Palestinian Press and the General Strike, April–October 1936: "Filastin" as a Case Study." Middle Eastern Studies 39, no. 3 (2003): 169-89. https://www.jstor.org/stable/4284312.
  10. ^ Segev, Tom (2001). One Palestine, Complete: Jews and Arabs Under the British Mandate. Macmillan. p. 366. ISBN 0-8050-6587-3.
  11. ^ Matthew Hughes, 'Lawlessness was the Law:British Armed Forces, the Legal System and the Repression of the Arab Revolt in Palestine, 1936–1939,' in Rory Miller (ed.), Britain, Palestine and Empire: The Mandate Years, (2010) Routledge 2016 pp.141-156 pp.146-147.