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Intifada (also Intefadah or Intifadah) is an Arabic term for "uprising".
This word came into common usage in English as the popularised name for two recent Palestinian campaigns directed at ending the Israeli military occupation. These two uprisings have been significant aspects of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in recent years:
The First Intifada began in 1987. Violence declined in 1991 and came to an end with the signing of the Oslo accords (August 1993) and the creation of the Palestinian National Authority.
The al-Aqsa Intifada (also known as the Second Palestinian Intifada or the Second Intifada) was the violent Palestinian-Israeli conflict that began in September of 2000 {when Israeli prime minister entered a holy site with 1,500 bodyguards}

It came into common usage in English as the popularised name for two recent Palestinian campaigns directed at ending the Israeli military occupation." Wikipedia enyclopedia.

Any civil uprising against military occupation is considered intifada.

Uprising usually happens when the situation start boiling and pressure start building up and the whole situation explodes when the civilians all at once from all ages and all backgrounds up rise against the occupier.

This is not a guerrilla war, it is not a revolution, it is not civil disobedience, it is civilians fed up with the occupation and willing to face their occupiers regardless the price that they would pay. Intifada can turn violent if the occupation forces don’t leave in reasonable time.

Example: Palestinians (Moslems and Christians) under the Israeli occupation did not have a Palestinian ID, no passport, their national flag was outlawed and banned, no access to any official job, no access to public services, thrown and kept in jail without court orders, etc. etc.. until one day the pressure build up was too high and people preferred to face the Israeli soldiers rather living under these conditions.

Other intifada in history are:

* American against British (1763-66)
* Algerians against French (1950's)
* Indians' uprising against English settlements (1675-1678)
by Joe Thyme May 20, 2006

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