Definition of intifada in English:



  • The Palestinian uprising against Israeli occupation of the West Bank and Gaza Strip. The first intifada lasted from 1987 to 1993, and the second began in 2000.

    • ‘Before the intifada, 125,000 Palestinians crossed daily from Gaza into Israel to work.’
    • ‘Tourists have been deterred by the Palestinian intifada and Israeli repression.’
    • ‘Over 350 people have died since the beginning of the intifada, or Palestinian uprising, three months ago.’
    • ‘The Palestinian intifada, or uprising, broke out two years ago this Saturday.’
    • ‘The Israeli response to the second intifada has caused the Palestinian economy to collapse.’
    • ‘Despite this, a poll last week showed that 85 percent of Palestinians want the intifada to continue.’
    • ‘The current intifada has shown the impossibility of sustaining the occupation.’
    • ‘This is the source of the intifada, the uprising of Palestinian youth and workers against the Israeli regime.’
    • ‘He was in command of the Israeli army on the West Bank when the first Palestinian uprising or intifada began in 1987.’
    • ‘The IDF spokesman said that the Palestinian Authority was losing control of the intifada.’
    • ‘Once again the Palestinian Authority is expected to end the intifada.’
    • ‘One in four of the Palestinians killed in the intifada uprising against Israel, for example, have been Christians.’
    • ‘The Persian Gulf War put an end to the first intifada and led Israelis and Arabs into Oslo.’
    • ‘He lost his foot during a helicopter attack in the early days of the intifada, or uprising.’
    • ‘There has been a three year long intifada, or uprising, against Israeli occupation.’
    • ‘The mix of post-1967 wars, revolutions, occupations, acts of ethnic cleansing, intifadas, and civil wars with the condition of being a victim creates a murderously explosive brew.’
    • ‘Since the end of the second intifada Palestinian theatre has begun to thrive again.’
    • ‘Remember the story about the first Palestinian killed at the beginning of the intifada last year?’
    • ‘It was given an impetus by the first Palestinian intifada, or uprising, which started in 1987.’
    • ‘Since the intifada the Revolutionary Socialists have been more and more visible.’


Arabic intifāḍa ‘an uprising’ (literally ‘a jumping up as a reaction to something’), from intifaḍa ‘be shaken, shake oneself’.