Palestinians mark 20th anniversary of 2nd Intifada against Israel
Palestinians gathered at a rally on Monday in central Ramallah to mark the 20th anniversary of the beginning of the second Intifada, or uprising, against Israel’s occupation.
The second Intifada began in September 2000, and lasted until January 2005. The first intifada against Israeli occupation broke out in 1987 in a refugee camp in the Gaza Strip and ended in 1993 with the signature of the Oslo Accords.
The second Intifada was sparked after then-Israeli prime minister Ariel Sharon stormed the al-Aqsa Mosque compound in Jerusalem al-Quds, with more than 1,000 heavily armed police and soldiers on September 28, 2000.
The move triggered widespread outrage among Palestinians who had just marked the anniversary of the 1982 Sabra and Shatila massacre, for which Sharon was found responsible for failing to stop the bloodshed, following Israel’s invasion of Lebanon.
In all, some 4,700 people died in the Second Intifada, of which nearly 80 percent were Palestinians.
Despite Israel’s occupation of Palestine since 1948, the UAE and Bahrain recently signed agreements to establish diplomatic ties with the Zionist regime.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu signed the agreements with Emirati Foreign Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan and Bahrain’s Foreign Minister Abdullatif Al Zayani during an official ceremony hosted by US President Donald Trump at the White House on September 15.
Palestinians, who seek an independent state in the occupied West Bank and the Gaza Strip, with East Jerusalem al-Quds as its capital view the move as betrayal of the Palestinian cause.