intifada

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

Definition of intifada

: uprising, rebellion specifically : an armed uprising of Palestinians against Israeli occupation of the West Bank and Gaza Strip I was a college student at Tufts University in December 1987, when the first Palestinian intifada began. — Hady Amr … in 2000, the second intifada struck with the force of an earthquake. As Palestinians fought Israeli troops, the West Bank became all but ungovernable. — Karen E. Lange

Examples of intifada in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The residents of the nearby town of Al-Bireh – many of whom are American citizens – say the settlement gobbled up their land after Israel built a security fence around Psagot during the Palestinian intifada, or uprising, in the early 2000s. Deirdre Shesgreen, USA TODAY, "Pompeo visits Israeli settlement in West Bank, breaking with previous US policy," 19 Nov. 2020 The residents of the nearby town of Al-Bireh — many of whom are American citizens — say the settlement gobbled up their land after Israel built a security fence around Psagot during the Palestinian intifada, or uprising, in the early 2000s. Joseph Krauss, Star Tribune, "Pompeo expected to visit Israeli settlement in parting gift," 18 Nov. 2020 The talks ended inconclusively, and a few months later a second and far more violent intifada erupted. Joseph Krauss, The Christian Science Monitor, "Erekat, Palestinian peace negotiator, remembered the world over," 10 Nov. 2020 The talks ended inconclusively, and a few months later a second and far more violent intifada erupted. Fox News, "Erekat, longtime spokesman for the Palestinians, dies at 65," 10 Nov. 2020 The first intifada, or Palestinian uprising, erupted later that year in the form of mass protests, general strikes, and clashes with Israeli troops. Fox News, "Erekat, longtime spokesman for the Palestinians, dies at 65," 10 Nov. 2020 The first intifada, or Palestinian uprising, erupted later that year in the form of mass protests, general strikes, and clashes with Israeli troops. Joseph Krauss, The Christian Science Monitor, "Erekat, Palestinian peace negotiator, remembered the world over," 10 Nov. 2020 During the first Palestinian intifada, or uprising, in 1988, troops under his command beat up two Palestinian suspects, one of whom later died. Star Tribune, "Israel looks to far-right figure to head Holocaust memorial," 27 Oct. 2020 Facing public unrest, all these countries cut relations with Israel after the second Palestinian intifada erupted in 2000. Yaroslav Trofimov, WSJ, "The Gulf Arabs Weary of Protesting for Palestine," 9 Oct. 2020

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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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“Intifada.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/intifada. Accessed 25 Feb. 2021.

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