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First Intifada

The First Intifada began in 1987, the 20th anniversary of the Six Day War, ('intifada' is derived from the Arabic verb for 'to shake off') was an uprising of Palestinians against the Israeli state in the West Bank and Gaza. It followed the collision of an Israeli truck with a car, which resulted in the death of four civilians. Rumours were spread that the driver of the truck had deliberately driven into the civilians.

The Intifada involved widespread Palestinian resistance against the Israeli government on the part of the Palestinians; Palestinians went on general strike, boycotted the Civil Administration (which had replaced the previously existing military governorate).