The Peel Commission commenced its work in November 1936. Its members traveled through the country, heard testimony from both sides, and could see that the British administration had reasserted control. Yet the most prominent Arab collaborators were still being pursued. The second stage of the rebellion was characterized by a more extreme turn in the fight against traitors. Rebels again demanded that villagers and city dwellers fund their actions. Those who refused were punished, sometimes cruelly, and were vilified as traitors. Muggings and robberies in the name of the rebellion became daily events. Attempts to reduce the level of internal violence were fruitless. One cannot deny the fact that the rebels killed more Arabs than Jews and that the murder of Arabs by other Arabs testifies to the existence of significant Palestinian opposition to the national movement led by Hajj Amin.
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