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[in-tuh-fah-duh] /ˌɪn təˈfɑ də/
(sometimes initial capital letter) a revolt begun in December 1987 by Palestinian Arabs to protest Israel's occupation of the West Bank and Gaza Strip.
Origin of intifada
1988; < Arabic intifāḍa literally, a shaking off, derivative of fāḍa to shake off Unabridged
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the Palestinian uprising against Israel in the West Bank and Gaza Strip that started at the end of 1987
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C20: Arabic, literally: uprising
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"Palestinian revolt," 1985, from Arabic, literally "a jumping up" (in reaction to something), from the verb intafada "to be shaken, shake oneself."

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intifada [(in-tuh-fah-duh)]

Arabic for uprising. Starting in 1987, Palestinians have engaged in an intermittent intifada against Israel on the West Bank and Gaza Strip in their pursuit of a Palestinian state.

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