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The Intifada The Palestinian Mass Uprising ----The rise of the PLO to the world stage really began with the well-known intifada or mass uprising in the West Bank and Gaza Strip It was at the end of 1987 where resistance to Israels occupation of the West Bank and Gaza strip began to sharply escalate in the form of demonstrations strikes boycotts and violence It came to involve virtually the whole Palestinian population in those areas and continued even two years later in spite of the hundreds of Palestinian deaths and thousands of detentions that came at the hands of Israeli police forces ----The uprising was the product of a generation that had been brought up under Israeli control By the late 1980s two out of every three Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza Strip had either been born or were less than five years old when the Israeli occupation began For two decades the people had no control over their own lives and their future was becoming increasingly unsure This was primarily due to the creeping annexation of land by the Israeli occupation authorities and the establishment of Israeli settlements on the confiscated lands By 1993 more than 60 percent of the West Bank land and about 50 the land of the overcrowded Gaza Strip had been appropriated by Israel Peretz 1990 Some of it was destined for Jewish settlements inhabited in many cases by militant right-wing settlers seeking Israeli annexation of these areas The settlements were meant to establish facts and hence make Israeli control irrevocable The presence of these settlers seriously worsened the tensions between Palestinian and Jewish settlers ----For two decades Israel had done much to prevent independent economic or social development and to
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