The dynamiting of Palestine

British Army dynamite Nablus Palestine
British Army blowing up homes of Palestinians in Nablus, late 1930s.

Throughout the Arab uprising of 1936-39 the British used collective punishment against the Palestinian people. The destruction of property was central to British military repression in Palestine, such tactics are today used by the colonial settler state that the British paved the way for.

The largest act of destruction came on the 16th June 1936 in the city of Jaffa. 240 buildings were blown up and 6,000 Palestinians made homeless, most left with nothing but the clothes on their back. The British air-dropped leaflets on the morning on the 16th and people were told to vacate the same day.

One quarter of the town of Jenin was blown up by the British on the 28th August 1938. The village of Mi’ar on the 26th October 1938 was also dynamited, reduced to mere mangled masonry. Mi’ar no longer exists thanks to the British who laid the foundations for the ethnic cleansing of Palestine in 1948.

British troops even went to the length of forcing Palestinians to demolish their own homes. In the village of Bani Na’im locals were made to carry 200lbs of explosives to the building for its demolition. They then had to watch the explosion as a deterrent measure.

Britain was the author, architect & butcher in Palestine. The colonial settler state of ‘Israel’ has learned from what it was spawned from, British foreign policy.



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