(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
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Contemporary Examples of intifada
And what has been happening over the past months is, in her view, “a new method of Intifada,” and “maybe a more effective one.”
Refugee camps played a crucial role during the Second Intifada.
It is no wonder that headlines around the world are talking about a new, third intifada, or Palestinians uprising.
Will it all lead to the much feared, or much anticipated, “third intifada”?
They are clashing with Israeli police with a ferocity not seen since the second Intifada.
British Dictionary definitions for intifada
the Palestinian uprising against Israel in the West Bank and Gaza Strip that started at the end of 1987
Word Origin for intifada
C20: Arabic, literally: uprising
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Word Origin and History for intifada
"Palestinian revolt," 1985, from Arabic, literally "a jumping up" (in reaction to something), from the verb intafada "to be shaken, shake oneself."
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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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