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Fatah official demands that Britain apologize for executing perpetrators of Hebron Massacre

Headline: “Al-Wahidi called on Britain to apologize to our people”
     “Spokesman of the Fatah Commission of Prisoners and Released Prisoners' Affairs [in the Gaza Strip] Nashat Al-Wahidi demand of Britain that it submit an official and public apology to our people, to our prisoners in the Israeli prisons, and to the families of the Palestinian Martyrs (Shahids) who were executed in cold blood by the British Mandate forces on June 17, 1930, at the citadel prison in the city of Acre due to their participation in the Al-Buraq revolution (i.e., the Arab riots) that broke out in 1929.
He said that it [Britain] executed the prisoner rebels in cold blood before their relatives and members of their people, in addition to imposing unfair life sentences on 23 Palestinian rebels.
The prisoners who were executed were: Martyr Fuad Hassan Hijazi, who was born in Safed in 1904 and was the first Martyr to be executed. He studied in the elementary school in Safed and in high school at the Scottish College, and finished his studies at the American University in Beirut; Martyr Muhammad Khalil Jamjoum who was born in Hebron in 1902; and Martyr Ataa Ahmad Al-Zir, who was born in Hebron in 1895 and worked as a farmer. Al-Wahidi called to include the names of the heroes of the Al-Buraq revolution in the Martyrs’ list of the national Palestinian prisoners’ movement , because their cause contains the uniqueness of the Palestinian historical narrative and it holds within it the fragrance of the experience of a remarkable Palestinian struggle and the historical story of our people since the British Mandate. Likewise, he emphasized that the eternal national event of the death as Martyrs of the three heroic prisoners should be noted in order to remind Britain and the world of the tragedy of our people and its expulsion by force from its lands.”

Muhammad Jamjoum, Fuad Hijazi, and Ataa Al-Zir “committed particularly brutal murders [of Jews] at Safed and Hebron,” according to the report by British Government to the League of Nations. They were convicted of attacking British soldiers and murdering Jews in the 1929 Hebron Massacre, in which 65 Jews were murdered. They were executed by the British in 1930.