Lewis Andrews

On 26 September 1937, Andrews with the assistant district commissioner a police constable were on their way from attending service at the Anglican Christ Church, Nazareth when they were gunned down by 4 masked militant followers of Izz ad-Din al-Qassam. Andrews died on the spot and the bodyguard later died at the hospital.

Britain immediately issued a warrant for the arrest of Hajj Amin al-Husayni, the mufti of Jerusalem. Shortly afterwards the Arab Higher Committee, of which the mufti was chairman, was declared illegal, and a warrant was made out for his arrest. Al-Husayni holed up in the Haram al-Sharif for some time and eventually slipped out under cover of dark and made his way to Syria which became the committee's new base of operations.

Palestine: Britain's Crown of Thorns


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