Hammam Farah: “The Intifada: my language”

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Hammam Farah

Hammam Farah is a board member of the Palestine House and the co-founder of Students Against Israeli Apartheid (SAIA) at York University.

On November 4, 2016 Hammam Farah posted on Facebook:

Gaza: my origin

The Nakba: my trauma

The Intifada: my language

Her dark eyes: my aberrant weakness

The orchard: my playground

The stone: my toy

The army: my rage

Her hypnotic voice: my melodic symphony

The cemetery: my story

The beach: my escape

The house: my solace

Her black hair: my boundless depth

Her soft cheeks: my daily bread

Her unyielding resilience: my unyielding strength

Her undying love: my undying wish

Hammam [Farah]

Hammam Farah on the violent nature of the Palestinian Intifada

On December 9, 2018 Hammam Farah posted on Facebook:

The first Palestinian intifada began on Dec 9, 1987, and lasted until 1993 with the signing of the doomed Oslo Accords… Palestinian youth barricaded their refugee camps as Israeli soldiers were met with stones, petrol bombs and burning tires… the second intifada was more violent than the first… (to read Farah’s post in its entirety click here).

Hammam Farah commented on this video:

Nobody cares, Jonathan. And nobody outside of Zionist circles believes “Intifada” is a bad word. It’s embarrassing for you that you think Canadians would be horrified, but no one actually gives a shit. Shows how self-absorbed you are.

Background on the Palestinian “Intifada”

The First Intifada (aka the Stone Intifada) started in December 1987 and included violent confrontations with Israeli forces, roadblocks, ambushes, throwing stones/ rocks/ metal rods/ Molotov cocktails at Israeli military and civilian vehicles, stabbing attacks, sabotage operations, setting fires to forests, agricultural and industrial facilities, shooting attacks.

The Second Intifada (aka al-Aqsa Intifada) which started in September 2000) included among other violent activities many hundreds of suicide bombing attacks, thousands of shooting attacks, launching rockets and mortar shells at Israeli communities, firing RPG rockets, planting explosives charges and mines.

The Third Intifada (aka the al-Quds Intifada or the Knife Intifada) started in autumn 2015. Israel’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs provides the following data on the the ongoing wave of violence (13 September 2015 – 07 May 2017):

The recent series of attacks against Israelis is the direct result of incitement by radical Islamist and terrorist elements, calling on Palestinian youth to murder Jews. Twenty months of terror – to the present. In 2016, 12 vehicular ramming attacks and 100 stabbing attacks were thwarted by security forces. Since 13 September 2015, 49 people have been killed in terrorist attacks and 731 people (including 4 Palestinians) injured. There have been 177 stabbing attacks and 117 attempted stabbings; 144 shootings; 58 vehicular (ramming) attacks; and one vehicular (bus) bombing.

Palestinian sources provide the following statistical data on the Intifada:

Third Intifada (October – December 2015)
Shooting attacksStabbing attacksVehicular ramming attacksExplosive charges/ Molotiv cocktailsThrowing stones/ rocks/ objectsLaunching rockets from GazaLaunching rockets from Lebanon
7374 attacks and 44 attempts198482840229
Third Intifada (January – December 2016)
11950 attacks and 117 attempts1087122124424
Third Intifada (January – May 7, 2017)

Source see here, here, here, here, here, here and here.

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