On this day in 1987, the First Palestinian Intifada broke out across occupied Palestine. The uprising, which lasted for over six years, witnessed the deaths of thousands of Palestinians by Israeli occupation forces and the detention of tens of thousands.
Today marks the 32nd anniversary of the first Palestinian intifada (uprising) pic.twitter.com/IrPk3bYhHf
— Heba Khaled (@Heba_Khaled21) December 8, 2019
On December 8, 1987, an Israeli settler identified as Herzel Boukiza rammed his vehicle into Palestinian workers returning home through Erez/Beit Hanoun checkpoint between Israel and Gaza. Four workers from Jabalya and Maghazi in the Gaza Strip were killed in the terror attack.
This is my dad leading chants on a student bus in 1983, Jordan.
Marking 32 years of First Intifada by acknowledging that we stand on the shoulders of giants who founded much of the Palestinian resistance we've inherited. pic.twitter.com/F49ss3JjYV
— Tasneem M.S. (@ForPalestine__) December 8, 2019
The next day, and following the funerals of the four martyrs, angry Palestinians took to the streets in Jabalya to protest the premeditated attack. As Palestinian leaders gathered to discuss the escalating situation, protests and clashes broke out within the refugee camps, spreading rapidly across the West Bank and East Jerusalem.
Terus semangat sahabatku di Palestine》 Today marks the 32nd anniversary of the first Palestinian intifada (uprising), which lasted from 1987 until 1994. via @Qudsn_en #SobatPalestinaINA pic.twitter.com/ChKkjrWR7u
— Cinta Palestine???? (@herly_susandy) December 8, 2019
Palestinians took control of neighborhoods, barricading roads to prevent Israeli army vehicles from entering. Largely unarmed, they defended themselves only by throwing stones at the soldiers and their tanks. Shopkeepers closed their businesses and laborers refused to go to their workplaces in Israel.
Today marks the 32nd anniversary of the first Palestinian intifada (uprising) pic.twitter.com/tUXtqRdixD
— Quds News Network (@Qudsn_en) December 8, 2019
After six years of daily confrontations and Israeli army breaking bones and killing of Palestinians, a total of 1550 Palestinians were killed, over 70,000 injured, between 100,000 to 200,000 were detained, among them over 18,000 were held under administrative detention for long periods of time without charge or trial.
The First Intifada began on December 9th, 1987. Yesterday marked the uprising’s 32nd anniversary. #Palestine #Intifada #Uprising #Protest #Israel #Occupation #Anniversary #AMP19
Posted by American Muslims for Palestine on Tuesday, December 10, 2019
The “stones Intifada” came to a halt only after the signing of the Palestinian-Israeli Oslo Accords in September 1993 which led to the creation of the Palestinian Authority, and which allowed thousands of Diaspora Palestinians to return home for the first time since they were forced out of Palestine in 1948.
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