in·​ti·​fa·​da | \ ˌin-tə-ˈfä-də How to pronounce intifada (audio) \

Definition of intifada

: uprising, rebellion specifically : an armed uprising of Palestinians against Israeli occupation of the West Bank and Gaza Strip

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But Oman closed its office in Israel in 2000 in the wake of the second intifada, or Palestinian uprising. Felicia Schwartz, WSJ, "Israeli Leader Visits Oman’s Ruler in Sign of Improving Relations," 26 Oct. 2018 Instead imagine high-tech mobs, an intifada with stones and drones, locals and irregulars in improvised warfare with the feds. Lance Morrow, WSJ, "Political Harassment Is for the Birds," 6 July 2018 But after years of settlement building, a second intifada, instability throughout the region, and the rise of absolutism on both sides, a paralyzing mistrust took hold. Adam Entous, The New Yorker, "Donald Trump’s New World Order," 11 June 2018 During the second intifada, the violent 2000-2005 uprising against Israel’s occupation, Israel, the United States, and the U.N. Security Council all formally endorsed the notion of Palestinian statehood. Nathan Thrall, Time, "How the Idea of Return Has Shaped the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict for 70 Years," 14 May 2018 On a visit to Bethlehem, Jubran, who lives in a village nearby, recounts coming of age in the first intifada as a teenage political activist, one of tens of thousands of youths who joined mass demonstrations facing off against Israeli troops. Dina Kraft, The Christian Science Monitor, "Israel at 70: A tale of two histories," 1 May 2018 Part of this hard-right shift, analysts say, has to do with the trauma of the violent second intifada, or uprising. Yardena Schwartz, Newsweek, "Israel’s Alt-Right Is Now Mainstream—Are Lawmakers Doing Enough to Stop It?," 7 Mar. 2018 This became hard to sustain, especially during the bloody fighting of the second intifada, or uprising, which began in 2000. The Economist, "Deadly protests on Gaza’s border with Israel," 17 May 2018 Then, as the intifada death toll mounted, Israel decided to withdraw its settlers and army from Gaza, maintaining control of the territory from outside, and made plans for further withdrawals in the West Bank. Nathan Thrall, Time, "How the Idea of Return Has Shaped the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict for 70 Years," 14 May 2018

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First Known Use of intifada

1985, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for intifada

Arabic intifāḍa, literally, the act of shaking off

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