IATE Term of the Week: Escalation


escalation_conflictAs the conflict between Israel and Palestine continues to escalate as a result of the failure on a cease-fire attempt, we settled on escalation as our new IATE Term of The Week. Oxford Dictionary defines this term as an increase in the intensity or seriousness of something. It is the noun form of the verb escalate which is derived from the word escalator which was used for the first time in 1899. It was set to define the invention of Jesse Reno’s passenger-carrying conveyor, which was described as a “moving stairway or inclined elevator” by compounding the Latin word for step, scala with the word elevator.

A cease-fire plan backed by Egypt between Israel and Hamas failed on Tuesday. With no end to the fighting in sight, Israel keeps on bombarding Gaza while Hamas is launching rockets against Israel. As a result, the Palestinian death toll in ten days of fighting rose to 251 and more than 1700 have been wounded. Most of the casualties were civilians, Palestinian health officials said. On the Israeli side, one man was killed and several people were wounded since the eruption of the conflict on July 8. Since four Palestinian children on a Gaza beach killed by Israeli shelling on Wednesday, the United Nations’ emergency relief co-ordinator, Valerie Amos, stated that she was “extremely concerned about the escalation of hostilities in Gaza and its impact on civilians.”



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Israel Escalation Likely (online.wsj.com)

Violence Continues to Escalate Between Israel, Palestine After Cease-Fire Attempt Fails (ny1.com)

Shelling kills four boys on Gaza beach; Israel, Hamas set five-hour truce (reuters.com)

Israel Invades Gaza after Killing 231 Palestinians & Injuring 1,700 in Last 10 Days (au.ibtimes.com)



By Nehir Guler
Student at MA Learning & Communication in Multilingual and Multicultural Contexts,
University of Luxembourg,
Study visitor at TermCoord