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n. (alternative spelling of intifada English)


n. an uprising by Palestinian Arabs (in both the Gaza Strip and the West Bank) against Israel in the late 1980s and again in 2000; "the first intifada ended when Israel granted limited autonomy to the Palestine National Authority in 1993" [syn: intifada]

Usage examples of "intifadah".

He threatened British and American warships in the Gulf and urged Arafat to ratchet up the violence of the first Palestinian intifadah, then taking place in Gaza and the West Bank, and to reject all peace negotiations with Israel.

During the intifadah, very few Guards defected to the rebels, and it was because the Guard remained cohesive and loyal that Saddam was able to defeat the revolts.

See the firsthand account of the intifadah in al-Salihi, al-Zihal, pp. 63-227.

Many hospitals in southern Iraq were also gutted during the intifadah, and then the sanctions made it difficult or impossible to replace the lost equipment.

Bashar, on the other hand, was callow and rash and saw in the intifadah an opportunity to demonstrate to Israel and the other Arab states that he was not someone to be trifled with.

There was one last confrontation between Iraq and the Clinton administration before it left office, this one spurred by the al-Aqsa intifadah.

However, the outbreak of the al-Aqsa intifadah in the early autumn of 2000 after the failure of the Camp David peace talks presented him with an opportunity to try to speed the end of containment that he could not resist.

Within weeks, the al-Aqsa intifadah had set the whole Middle East on edge.

The first act of the intifadah came from a nameless Iraqi soldier who fired a long burst from his AK-47 at a mural of Saddam in Sa'd Square in al-Basrah, sparking the huge number of demoralized soldiers collected in the square to rebel against the dictator.