Throughout Ramadan we are publishing articles about historical moments that took place in this blessed month. We present to you the First Intifada – even during Ramadan, Muslims resisted Israeli aggression despite Israel’s repeated attempts to break their resolve.
The Palestinian Resistance, much like Ramadan, epitomises pan-Islamic identity and solidarity. It elicits the strong feelings Muslims feel towards our Ummah.
The First Intifada was an uprising against the brutal Israeli occupation of Palestine. The uprising began in December, in the Jaballya refugee camp, after the Israeli Army killed four Palestinians. In the wake of this incident a grassroots movement arose. This movement included protests, boycotts and strikes.
Ramadan was never used by Palestinians to pause the Intifada – acts of protest and uprising did not stop during this holy month. They continued their resistance in Ramadan, which was all the more difficult as many camps were placed under curfews.
These strict curfews were a key tactic used during the First Intifada to break the resolve of the Palestinians. The curfews would prevent Palestinian residents from buying even basic food and supplies. Furthermore, the camps of Al-Shati, Jaballya and Burayj were subjected to saturation bombing by tear gas from Israeli forces killing many Palestinians.
This failed to break the resolve of the Palestinians.
The First Intifada had far reaching consequences. Global opinion of the occupation changed – for many people they saw the reality that Palestinians were not the aggressors, rather they were the victims of the Israeli regime’s atrocities.
What can we learn from the First Intifada?
Ramadan was never used as a excuse by the Muslims demanding their freedom to stop their resistance. If anything, Ramadan strengthened their resolve.
We, as Muslims in the UK, are not facing the conditions that many in the Muslim world face so we have no excuse for any apathy when it comes to stopping racism in the UK, illegal wars and occupations.
Ramadan should be a catalyst for standing up against injustice, not a barrier.
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