intifada (in-tih-FAH-duh) listen


  • n. "The organized campaign of violence and unrest against the Israeli government in parts of the country, such as the West Bank, where many Arabs live." (JPS)

Example Sentences

  • "In 2017, former Palestinian negotiator Nabil Shaath admitted that, in 2000, Saudi King Abdullah, then the Crown Prince, provided the Palestinians with half a billion dollars and collected another half a billion from the Arab League to keep the intifada going." (source)

Languages of Origin

  • Modern Hebrew
  • Arabic / Judeo-Arabic


  • A انتفاضة intifāḍa 'lit. shaking off, uprising' > TH אינתיפאדה 'intifada'

    • Who Uses This

      • Israel: Diaspora Jews who feel connected to Israel and have spent time there


      • North America


      • The JPS Dictionary of Jewish Words, by Joyce Eisenberg and Ellen Scolnic, (Philadelphia, 2001).

      Alternative Spellings



  • "Acts of violence and terrorism committed in the name of the intifada include stone throwing, street demonstrations, and arson. Participants in intifada violence are agitating for the formation of a Palestinian state and the withdrawal of Israel from occupied territories. Sometimes these actions are directed against the Palestinian authorities, who are charged with local governance and maintaining order in some parts of the country." (JPS)

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