Vanessa Hamilton

Updated at 2021-05-25 20:09:38 UTC

What is an intifada?


Intifada is an Arabic word that translates literally as 'shaking off' or 'Uprising'. In the Arab-Israeli conflict, it means a concerted Palestinian effort to shake off Israeli power and gain independence.

When intifada is used in the context of the decades of fighting between the Palestinians and Israelis, it means an organized, both grassroots and politically-backed uprising of local Palestinians against the Israeli military.

The opposing sides already fought two such conflicts. The first one started in 1987 and ended in 1993, and the second one, far bloodier, broke out in 2000 and lasted for over four years.

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