In October 1929, Musa Hadeib was killed near the Jaffa Gate in Jerusalem accused of collaborating with the Zionists. His killers were never apprehended, but both his family and the Zionist Executive claimed that the followers of Amin al-Husseini, the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem and the leader of the Supreme Muslim Council, were responsible. His killers, according to Zionist intelligence, were three men dressed as women, from the Maraqa clan of Hebron.
The JTA reported the incident as having occurred on October 13, 1929 stating "Great excitement prevailed in Jerusalem today over the murder of Musa Isdeb, an Arab from a village near Hebron, who was killed at Herod’s Gate... It is presumed that the Arab is a victim of inner political enmities between Arab factions, the murdered man supposedly being active in propaganda against the Grand Mufti."
A follow-up article from October 22, 1929 called the incident a blood feud "between the family of the late Mousa Adeb, founder of the Arab peasant party and opponent of the Grand Mufti, and the clan of Amin El Husseini."
Hadeib was the first Arab public figure who was assassinated and took place only two months following the 1929 Palestine riots.
- Cohen, Hillel Army of Shadows: Palestinian collaboration with Zionism, 1917–1948. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2009. p. 15-17
- Cohen, Hillel Army of Shadows: Palestinian collaboration with Zionism, 1917–1948. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2009. p. 59
- Shadowplays, by Neve Gordon, The Nation, March 24, 2008
- The Tangled Truth, By Benny Morris, The New Republic; 7/5/08[clarification needed]
- "Murder of Arab Causes Great Excitement". Jewish Telegraphic Agency. Retrieved 2017-05-10.
- "Feud Threatens Between Family of Murdered Arab and Grand Mufti's Clan". Jewish Telegraphic Agency. Retrieved 2017-05-10.