Israel Kanal was born in 1920 in Bydgoszcz. During the ghetto period he enlisted in the Jewish Police in order to help his people and serve the Jewish underground. He was a member of the Jewish Fighting Organization from its inception. On August 20, 1942, Kanal undertook the underground’s mission to assassinate Jewish ghetto police Commander Josef Szerynski, who had collaborated with the Germans in rounding up Jews for deportation to the Treblinka extermination camp. He was wounded and ceased his activities.
During the Warsaw ghetto uprising of April 1943, Kanal commanded a combat unit in the Central Ghetto. Upon the suppression of the uprising, he left the ghetto via the sewers on May 10, 1943, to join the partisans in the Wyszkow Forest to fight the Germans. He was caught and sent to Auschwitz, where he perished.