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December Marks 35th Anniversary of the First Palestinian Intifada

Credit: IRNA

This month marks the 35th anniversary of the beginning of the First Intifada, which is the Palestinian nation’s first uprising against the Israeli occupation.

On 8th December 1987, four Palestinians were killed and seven seriously injured in a collision between an IDF tank transporter and civilian cars containing Palestinian workers at the Erez checkpoint.

This incident sparked a series of demonstrations that quickly engulfed the entire occupied lands and continued for six years until the signing of the Oslo Accords in 1993.

Despite the fact that the intifada began with the December 8th incident, it was the systematic Israeli repression of the Palestinian nation in the form of killings, arrests, imprisonments, detentions without trial, demolition of Palestinian houses, treatment of the Palestinians as second-grade citizens, etc., that fueled the uprising.

The Palestinian youth used stones and petrol bombs to protest during the intifada, which were met with the IDF use of live ammunition and tear gas.

Around 1,200 Palestinians were killed by Israel during the intifada, around 300 of them children. Tens of thousands of Palestinians were injured and arrested, and around 2,500 homes were demolished by the Israeli army.

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