The history of the Intifada
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The First Intifada (1987-1991)
- Intifada Revival in Palestine?
- By Hans Lebrecht, People's Weekly
World, 1 July 1995. Israeli military attacks on
civilians is feeding Palestinian popular anger.
- Intifada Rekindled!
- Al-Akhbar, London 26 September
1996. The Israeli brutal response to initially peaceful
protests. It is highly unlikely that peace or stability
can ever prevail unless the Israelis recognise that the
Palestinians are humans who have rights and feelings.
Israel's provocative policies and the violation of human
rights at by Israeli troops and security agencies are
bound to rekindle the Intifada.
- Who Remembers the Intifada?
- Editorial, Challenge, [28
December 1997]. A picture has emerged from the
Albright-Netanyahu negotiations that bodes no good for the
Palestinians. The tenth anniversary of the Intifada slipped
by quietly because of dashed hopes, pervasive corruption,
and a regime that tortures its own people. The Palestinians
have lost again, but the feeling of wrong means the war is
not over. The situation demands true leadership to arise.
This the Intifada taught.
The Second Intifada (2000- )
- ODA Position Paper on the Intifada of al-Aksa
- The Organization for Democratic Action, 11 October 2000. All
the understandings and arrangements by which Israel ruled the
Occupied Territories (by means of the Palestinian Authority)
and its Arab citizens (by means of the Supreme Monitoring
Committee) have collapsed, and this heralds the start of a new
era. Whereas the Oslo Accords assumed Israeli supremacy, their
failure has shown it is in the power of the the masses to
change the situation.
- U.S. Gives green light to Israel repression:
Palestinian uprising defends sovereignty
- By Richard Becker, Workers World,
12 October 2000. Provoked by The fascist Sharon and fired on
by occupation troops, the Palestinian people have launched a
new uprisinga new Intifada, the first since that of
- Intifada from the bottom up
- By Yacov Ben Efrat, Mid-East Realities,
12 November 2000. The Palestinian Authority is bound to Israel
by an umbilical cord. It is Israel's creation, set up to hold
the Palestinian people in check. The Aksa intifada in Israel has
drawn Arab citizens into the struggle for the first time, while
pushing the Labor Party rightward; in the wider Arab world, it
directly threatens the existing regimes, which have no choice
but to hear its demands. The original of 1987-1990 had a clear
program, but remained cooped up within the Occupied Territories.
The Second Intifada has no program, but engages the wider
- The tragedy deepens
- By Edward Said, Al-Ahram Weekly,
10 December 2000< Whatever the reason for the Intifada's lull,
the essential problems remain, and the Israelis continue their
blind and finally stupid assault on Palestinians with the
strangulation, economic blockade, and bombings of cities and
towns continuing without respite. It is Zionism that we fight
against. The Intifada is against Oslo and the people who
constructed it, including the small, irresponsible coterie of
- Time to turn to the other front
- By Edward Said, Al-Ahram Weekly On-line,
29 March - 4 April 2001. News of the Palestinian
Intifada has gradually disappeared from the cowed media.
The Palestinian Intifada is unprotected and ineffective
so long as it does not appear to be a struggle for
liberation in the West.
- A walking time bomb
- By Yoel Marcus, Ha'aretz, 7 March
2002. The Hamas organization is highly motivated, it has the
personnel, it has the equipment and, if a
is made to renew terror attacks, it is almost certain that we
will see an increase. The calm now is because Palestinian
Authority and Hamas's leadership agree that acts of terror
will only sabotage the Palestinians' efforts to achieve their
goals. But the Palestinian people are restive; their fascination
with Hezbollah. If we do not reach a peace settlement with the
Palestinians, we will never achieve a real peace with any Arab