Al-Aqsa Intifada, 2000 AD
Al-Aqsa Intifada broke out on 9 September 2000 as a consequence of Ariel Sharon’s, Likud Party Leader, desecration of the sanctity of Al-Aqsa Mosque the day before. It is clear that this action was given cover by the Prime Minister, Ehud Barak, as Sharon entered Al-Aqsa protected by 600 soldiers, with three thousand others mobilized. Muslims determined to defend Al-Aqsa and confronted the soldiers. The early confrontations resulted in five Palestinians killed, and more than one hundred injured.
The wide popular Palestinian participation in all parts of Palestine in this Intifada was remarkable as well as the participation of all the political parties. The severity of the “Israeli” suppression of the Palestinians reaction went further to killing the children and the innocents using internationally banned weapons. During 28/9/2000 and 22/1/2005, the toll of the Palestinians killed reached 4242, including 793 children and 270 women.
Prepared by: Fahima Dalloul. Translation: Saleh Orouq