The Intifada was triggered as an “Israeli” army tank transporter crashed into a row of cars containing Palestinians returning from working in “Israel” at the Erez checkpoint on the Gaza Strip borders on 8 December 1978. Four Palestinians were killed, and nine were injured. The incident was an act of intentional retaliation for the stabbing to death of an Israeli businessman, killed while shopping in Gaza.
This “Israeli” crime was the most influential incident triggering a popular uprising that lasted for years in Palestine in which men, women, elderly, and kids took part.
The Islamic movement immediately decided to take part in this uprising and to direct it. It started mobilizing demonstration after Al-Fajr prayer on 9 December 1987 from the mosques of Jabalya refugee camp. The demonstrations resulted in the killing of Hatim Abu-Sis and 27 others were injured. The students of the Islamic University of Gaza organized a demonstration near Al-Shifaa hospital, which led to the killing of Raed Shihada.
Prepared by: Fahima Dalloul. Translation: Saleh Orouq