Izz al-Din Qassam
Arab guerilla/resistance leader
Izz al-Din Qassam (1881-1935) was a Syrian Muslim preacher who led revolts against the British, French, and Jews. He made a name for himself as a kind of warrior-preacher and attracted a huge following in the early 1930s with attacks on the British and the Jews in Palestine. In 1935 al-Qassam and his fighters set out from Haifa to start a rebellion, but were soon killed in a shootout with the British police. al-Qassam became a hero to the Arabs of Palestine, and inspired them to take up violent rebellion against the Jews and British.