Ten Years Ago: The Second Intifada

Today: 28 September 2010 marks ten years since the start of the Al Aqsa, the second Intifada.

On that day in 2000, Likud leader General Ariel Sharon and his security forces invade the area around the Al Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem in a deliberate act of provocation.

During the next five days, 47 Palestinian protesters are killed and more than 200 wounded by Israeli forces.

The ten years since have seen the deaths of over 6,500 Palestinians and the continued advancement of the Zionist project, with the construction of the Wall and ongoing settlement expansion in the West Bank. But they have also seen the continued heroic resistance of the people of Palestine, a resistance that in part forced Israel to withdraw from Gaza.

This unbroken struggle for Palestinian self-determination constantly threatens to ignite a wider battle of the poor and oppressed across the Middle East against the plans of imperialism for the region.


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