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An intifada (Arabic: انتفاضة‎) is an Arabic word that means rebellion. It is usually used to describe events taking place in the Middle East.

Origin[change | change source]

In Arabic, intifada means a "shaking," which in turn is from the word nafada ("to shake off"). An intifada can be seen as a way for people to "shake off" a power that is oppressing them.

List of intifadas[change | change source]

Several events in Palestine have been called intifadas. The First Intifada took place from 1987 to 1993, when Palestinians fought back against Israel.