The Guardian falsely characterizes First Intifada as a “largely unarmed rebellion”

Yesterday we called out the Guardian for repeating the blatantly false claim that Ariel Sharon started the Second Intifada.  Today we came across another Intifada related falsehood advanced by the paper – the suggestion that the First Intifada was “largely an unarmed rebellion”.

The claim, which has been echoed by other Guardian contributors as well, was made in a story they published today from the Guardian Archives – a report about the original Oslo Agreement between Israel and the PLO (written by Ian Black) which originally appeared in the paper on Sept. 10, 1993.


Black’s story included the following passage:

Progress towards this historic moment was driven by the intifada, the largely unarmed rebellion that erupted in Gaza in December 1987. 

Of course, as anyone familiar with the uprising (from 1987 to around 1991) would know, characterizing it as an “unarmed rebellion” is extraordinarily misleading, as the intifada was violent from the start.  Whilst most people remember images of rock throwing Palestinian youths, in fact more than 3,600 Molotov cocktail attacks, 100 hand grenade attacks and 600 assaults with firearms were carried out during that time – violence directed at soldiers and civilians alike.

During this period, over 200 Israelis were killed by such terror attacks, and more than 1,400 Israeli civilians and 1,700 Israeli soldiers were injured.

Memorial for the 16 Israelis killed in first attempted suicide attack of 1st Intifada, in 1989. The attack occurred when the 405 bus from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem was forced off the road by a Palestinian terrorist

And, much like the Second Intifada, Palestinian leaders played a lead role in orchestrating the violent insurrection.

Finally, Jews were not the only victims of the violence, as the number of Arabs summarily executed by Palestinian death squads exceeded the number killed in clashes with Israeli troops – incidents which included attacks with clubs, knives, axes, guns, and even acid.

Twenty years ago, the Guardian grossly misled readers about the nature of the First Intifada – a significant obfuscation thoroughly consistent with their broader pattern of running interference for the illiberal and violent nature of the Palestinian national movement.

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  1. You are right was violent and this is unacceptable. It shows how important peace is when such ghastly feelings are so easy to disturb. The US has just shot itself in the foot and seems on the way out. Time to negotiate maybe ?

    • Jasper:

      “You are right was violent and this is unacceptable. ”

      Not to you though, right Jasper?
      You’ll fight until the last drop of blood of every Arab has been wasted.
      What a prick.

        • “…unpleasant slurs are never far away”

          Truth hurts.
          Make a note that you didn’t even attempt to defend your reputation about your use of Arabs as pawns.

  2. Is there a source on the Arabs who were killed by the PLO? Preferably with names, dates, locations, positions, accusations, other details.

  3. Typical of the decaying excuse for what passes as journalism in Britain. If there is a single reliable source of news in all of Britain, I do not know what it is.

  4. Yesterday, while I was at work, my sister stole
    my apple ipad and tested to see if it can survive a twenty five foot drop, just so she can be a youtube sensation.
    My iPad is now broken and she has 83 views. I know this is totally off topic but I had
    to share it with someone!

    • ‘gadgets’ when you buy a new one for your next experiment why don’t you shove it up your arse, then see if it works.

      No need to share to it with anyone, just do it!