34 years since the “Intifada of Stones” and the Palestinian people continue the battle against the occupation
Gaza – “Arab Jerusalem”: Thursday, the ninth of December, marks the 34th anniversary of the “Intifada of the Stones”, the longest popular uprising, launched by the Palestinians against the Israeli occupation, in rejection of the escalation of bloody attacks, which were carried out at the time by extremist settlers.
The spark of that intifada, which entered the dictionary of meanings, became famous at the time, and the word “intifada” became an indication of what was happening in the occupied Palestinian territories in 1967, when an extremist Israeli truck driver named Herzl Bukebza deliberately rammed a car in which Palestinian workers were traveling, while they were going To their work in the 48 areas, and they are workers who live in several areas in the Gaza Strip, which led to the death of four Palestinians and the injury of others.
In that painful incident, the martyrs Talib Abu Zaid (46 years), the martyr Ali Ismail (25 years) from Maghazi, the martyr Issam Hammouda (29 years), and the martyr Shaban Nabhan (26 years) from Jabalia, and the first spark of the uprising was launched from Jabalia camp in the northern Gaza Strip. And that camp witnessed in the first days of the intifada, confrontations that spread to all areas of the Gaza Strip, like wildfire, so that popular anger escalated at that time and reached the areas of the West Bank, which suffered greatly from the attacks of the occupation and settlers, and several martyrs were martyred the next day from several areas in the West Bank.
Because of the continuity of popular activities without stopping, the name “Intifada of stones” was given, because the Palestinian youth armed with stones at the time in the face of Israeli guns, and the activities of the Intifada continued in all the occupied Palestinian territories, for seven years, as its activities stopped with the formation of the Palestinian Authority in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip. 1994, under the peace agreement.
The intifada passed through several stages, as it witnessed the beginning of the resistance to the occupation with stones, then armed military groups were formed, affiliated with the Palestinian factions, which dealt with many clashes with the occupation army, while forming organizational cells that helped in managing the daily life of the citizens, as an alternative to managing the occupation. At that time, the unified national leadership, from all the Palestinian factions, to supervise the popular activities against the occupation.
The participants in the “Intifada of Stones” activities were famous for putting a cover on their faces, to hide their identity from the occupation soldiers, in light of the massive arrest campaigns carried out by the occupation forces during that period, when the occupation opened a tent prison in the Negev region, in which a large number of prisoners were placed. The prisoners are in harsh conditions.
The Palestinian youth at that time constituted the main element participating in the intifada, and it was led and directed by the unified national leadership of the revolution, which is a union of a group of Palestinian political factions, whose main objective was to end the Israeli occupation and gain independence.
The figures mentioned by the Foundation for the Care of the Families of Martyrs and Prisoners indicate that 1,550 Palestinians were killed during the Intifada, and about 200,000 Palestinians were arrested, and the data of the Palestinian Wounded Foundation indicate that the number of wounded in the Intifada is more than 70,000, about 40% of whom suffer from permanent disabilities, while he was martyred. A number of young men during their detention in the prisons of the occupation, as a result of the policies of torture.
On this occasion, Hamas confirmed that “comprehensive resistance” is the only way to extract our rights and liberate the land and the prisoners.
She pointed out that the city of Al-Quds and Al-Aqsa Mosque “are the heart of the conflict with the occupation, and that its projects of Judaization and settlement will not succeed in changing their landmarks, borders and history,” and the movement expressed its rejection of all settlement plans and projects of “absurd negotiation with the enemy, and security coordination with it,” which it said were “It opened the way for the occupation to expand settlement, escalate aggression, Judaize sanctities, and besiege our people.” Hamas also renewed its condemnation of all normalization agreements with the occupation, stating that they represent “a stab in the chest of our people and a blow to the nation’s depth and security.”
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