As we mark the anniversary of the First Intifada this week, we at Independent Jewish Voices Canada are forever grateful to the Palestinian people for the courageous and powerful example they set for people around the world resisting oppression. Viva Intifada! Viva Palestina!
On May 21, 2018 David Mivasair, a senior member of Independent Jewish Voices Canada and a long-time active member of the New Democratic Party (NDP), recited Kaddish (traditional Jewish mourning service) honouring dead Palestinians, including Hamas and Islamic Jihad fighters. For more information click here.
- IJV Canada’s poster symbolizing the Palestinian armed struggle to liberate Palestine
- David Mivasair, IJV Canada, recited Kaddish honouring dead Palestinians, Hamas, Islamic Jihad fighters
- Martha Roth, IJV Canada: “I would advise my [Palestinian] comrades to do far worse”
- Independent Jewish Voices Canada: “Free Them All” [Palestinian convicted terrorists]
- Independent Jewish Voices: “We are a Palestine solidarity group”
Sheryl Nestel, a senior member of Independent Jewish Voices Canada (IJV Canada), is welcomed with pro intifada chants (Toronto, February 2, 2020)
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.
Terrorist attacks during the First Intifada
December 30, 1987 – Two Israelis in Or Yehuda were injured by a letter bomb
January 21, 1988 – An IDF soldier was wounded in an attack carried out by three terrorists who infiltrated Israel from Lebanon
February 4, 1988 – Two IDF soldiers are killed and one was wounded in an attack by terrorists who infiltrated Israel from Lebanon
March 7, 1988 – A bus carrying workers (mostly women) to the nuclear research campus in Dimona was abducted by three Palestinian terrorists who took the 11 passengers hostage and threatened to kill its passengers one by one if Palestinian prisoners were not released from Israeli prisons. After the terrorists shot dead one of the passengers, a 40-second bus takeover operation began, during which the three hijackers were killed along with one of the hostages.
April 26, 1988 – Two IDF soldiers were killed and 2 wounded in an attack carried out by three terrorists who infiltrated Israel from Lebanon.
June 22, 1988 – Two Israelis were injured in an attack by two terrorists who infiltrated Israel from Lebanon.
August 20, 1988 – 25 Israelis were injured in a grenade attack on a shopping center in Haifa .
October 2, 1988 – In a terrorist attack in Jerusalem, 3 Israeli girls were injured by a bomb hidden in a challah (a loaf of white leavened bread, typically plaited in form, traditionally baked to celebrate the Jewish sabbath).
February 16, 1989 – An IDF Soldier Avi Sasports was abducted and murdered after boarding a ride at Hodaya Junction.
March 17, 1989 – An IDF soldier was killed and another wounded in an attack by terrorists who infiltrated Israel from Jordan.
March 21, 1989 – Stabbing attack at the Purim celebrations in Tel Aviv – The terrorist, Palestinian construction worker Muhammad Zakut, stabbed two Israelis with a commando knife and fatally injures another person in the back of his head and spine.
May 3, 1989 – Abduction and murder of IDF soldier Ilan Saadoun by Hamas operatives.
May 3, 1989 – Two Israelis were murdered and three others injured an a stabbing attack in Jerusalem.
June 22, 1989 – Professor Menachem Stern, a world expert on the history of the people of Israel, is stabbed to death by a terrorist in the Valley of the Cross in Jerusalem.
June 28, 1989 – Three Israelis were injured in a terrorist attack in the Ramla market.
July 6, 1989 – A Palestinian terrorist slams the Egged line 405 bus into an abyss near Kiryat Ya’arim and causes the deaths of 16 Israelis. Islamic Jihad claimed responsibility for the attack.
September 9, 1989 – A bus driver is stabbed by a Palestinian terrorist who tries to take over the bus and smash it on the Tel Aviv-Jerusalem road. The passengers manage to subdue the terrorist.
February 4, 1990 – Nine Israeli tourists were murdered near Ismailia in Egypt by Palestinian terrorists affiliated with Abu Nidal organization.
May 20, 1990 – An Israeli was stabbed to death in Jerusalem.
October 3, 1990 – Seven Israelis were injured, including 2 IDF soldiers, in a terrorist attack in Jerusalem.
October 21, 1990 – Three Israelis were murdered and another injured in a stabbing attack in Jerusalem.
November 26, 1990 – A police officer from the Egyptian Border Guard crossed the Israel-Egypt border into Israeli territory and fired at vehicles on Road 12 near Ein Netafim spring, which is a few kilometers northwest of Eilat. Three IDF soldiers and one Israeli citizen were murdered in the attack, and 26 others were injured. Palestinian Islamic Jihad claimed responsibility for the attack.
December 2, 1990 – An Israeli was murderd and 5 others injured in a stabbing attack aboard a bus in Tel Aviv.
December 9, 1990 – An IDF soldier was murdered and two others wounded in a terrorist attack in Bethlehem.
March 10, 1991 – Four Israelis were murdered in a stabbing attack at a bus stop in Jerusalem.
March 21, 1991 – Three IDF soldiers were injured in a terroris attack by six terrorists who infiltrated Israel from Jordan.
April 17, 1991 – Two Israelis were murdered and two others injured in a terrorist attack carried out by terrorists who infiltrated Israel from Jordan.
May 17, 1991 – Three Israelis were injured in a stabbing attack in Jerusalem.
October 2, 1991 – An Israeli was murdered and another injured in a stabbing attack in Jerusalem.
October 11, 1991 – Two Israelis were murdered and eleven others were injured by a Palestinian terrorist who drove a van into a group of soldiers in Tel Aviv.
February 14, 1992 – Three IDF soldiers were murdered by Israeli Arabs, members of the Islamic Movement from the Wadi Ara area.
March 17, 1992 – Two Israelis were murdered and 19 others injured in a stabbing attack in Jaffa.
May 2, 1992 – Three Israelis were murdered in a terrorist attack in Eilat.
May 22, 1992 – An Israeli youngster was injured in a stabbing attack in Jerusalem.
May 24, 1992 – Helena Rap, 15, was stabbed to death by a Palestinian terrorist on the city promenade in Bat Yam.
May 29, 1992 – An Israeli guard was shot dead by two terrorists who came swimming from Aqaba, Jordan to Eilat, on their way to carry out a mass attack. They also tried to carry out an attack on the Eilat-Taba road. One of the terrorists was shot and killed by Israeli forces. The other was injured, apprehended and sentenced to life in prison.
May 30, 1992 – A security guard at the entrance to the Hebrew University building was murdered by terrorists who crossed the border from Jordan.
September 22, 1992 – A police officer is murdered in a shooting attack in Jerusalem.
November 30, 1992 – An Israeli was wounded in a stabbing attack in East Jerusalem.
December 13 – Israeli Police officier Nissim Toledano was abducted and murdered by Hamas operatives.
January 15, 1993 – An Israeli was murdered and four others injured in a stabbing attack at a bus stop in Tel Aviv.
March 1, 1993 – Two Israelis were murdered and seven others injured in a stabbing attack in Tel Aviv.
March 3, 1993 – An Israeli was injured in a stabbing attack in East Jerusalem.
March 29, 1993 – Two policemen were murdered in a terrorist attack in Tel Aviv.
April 16, 1993 – Two were murdered and ten wounded in a terrorist at Mehola Junction. Hamas and Islamic Jihad claimed joint responsibility for the attack.
August 5, 1993 – IDF soldier, Yaron Chen, 20, was abducted and shortly afterwards shot to death, while fighting his captors.
September 12, 1993 – Bus driver was murdered in an attempt to take over a bus on line 300.