Two previous intifadas have left thousands dead, and Trump’s announcement may have just incited a third.

By Joe McDonough


Posted on December 8, 2017

The Trump administration has reportedly asked Israel to temper its celebrations over its decision to declare Jerusalem as its official capital city.

The global condemnation was swift and scathing as the move promised to break down any progress in ongoing peace negotiations between Israel and Palestine.

And sure enough, Israel’s trumpeting of the result has only further inflamed tensions in Gaza, with Palestine calling for a new intifada.

We should work on launching an intifada in the face of the Zionist enemy.

The Palestinian intifadas of the past have been violent uprisings against Israeli control, and have resulted in thousands of deaths on both sides.

As the Independent details, the first intifada broke out in 1987 after Israeli soldiers killed four young Palestinians at a checkpoint, and then shot an unarmed 17-year-old at a protest.

The second was sparked by the then soon-to-be Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon’s visit to Temple Mount in East Jerusalem in 2000, and tensions only eased after the death of long time Palestinian figurehead Yasser Arafat in 2004. But not before 1,000 Israelis and 3,200 Palestinians were killed.

There has been ongoing conflict between the two states since, but the use of the word intifada by Hamas’ leader Ismail Haniya is seen as a gravely concerning escalation.

In a speech in Gaza City on Thursday, Mr Haniya said that Mr Trump’s recognition had “killed” the Israeli-Palestinian peace process and left no option but a call to arms.

“This decision has killed the peace process, has killed the Oslo [accord], has killed the settlement process,” he said.

“The US decision is an aggression, a declaration of war on us, on the best Muslim and Christian shrines in the heart of Palestine, Jerusalem.

“We should work on launching an intifada in the face of the Zionist enemy.

“We urge, we ask and we stress the necessity of rearranging the Palestinian situation to confront this dangerous plot and to put our priorities clearly to face that provocative decision, that unfair decision.”

The revolt has already begun, with medics saying at least 31 people have been injured by Israeli army gunfire and rubber bullets on the streets of West Bank and the Gaza Strip.

This follows wide-spread mass protests and demonstrations that saw the Palestinian Education Ministry cancel classes so that students and teachers could attend.