Palestine Update 251
Naksa Day: Palestinians Remember 1967 Israeli Occupation (VIDEO)
This week, Palestinians mark the 52nd anniversary of Naksa Day, when Israel occupied the West Bank, Jerusalem, Gaza, Sinai and the Golan Heights in the 1967 Six Day War, sparking a mass exodus of Palestinians from their homes.‘Naksa,’ or the ‘setback,’ refers to the beginning of the 1967 Six Day War on June 5, which saw Israel triple in size as it annexed East Jerusalem, took the West Bank from Jordan, the Gaza Strip and Sinai from Egypt, and the Golan Heights from Syria, beginning over 50 years of occupation. The war saw Israel disregard the previously agreed upon Green Line borders drawn up in the 1949 armistice between Israel, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon and Syria, which divided Israel from the Palestinian areas of the Jordanian-administered West Bank and East Jerusalem, and the Egypt-controlled Gaza. Following its victory, facilitated with strong backing of the United States, Israel imposed a military occupation in the West Bank and Gaza and annexed East Jerusalem, gaining control of one million Palestinians. Hundreds of thousands of Palestinians fled or were driven from their homes in areas newly-controlled by Israel.
After years of tensions between Israel and its Arab neighbors, Egypt received false intelligence that Israel was moving troops to prepare to invade Syria. It sent troops to Sinai and expelled a UN peacekeeping force in response. Although US President Lyndon Johnson urged both sides against striking, Israel began an aerial bombing of Egypt on June 5, with 200 jets striking 18 airfields, destroying almost 90 percent of Egypt’s air force by midday, before they could strike back. It then attacked Jordan, Iraq and Syria’s airfields. Israeli tanks and forces entered the Sinai Peninsula and the Gaza strip. Egyptian soldiers defended their land, while Jordan launched an offensive overlooking south Jerusalem, but both nations were forced to retreat. By June 7, Israel had taken over Jerusalem and the West Bank and on June 8, it controlled Egypt’s Sinai and Gaza.
Israel reached Syria’s Golan Heights on June 9 and captured it the next day. On June 10, Israel accepted a UN ceasefire and the war ended. Israel soon began building settlements in the West Bank, Sinai and the Golan Heights. It withdrew from Sinai in 1982 and from Gaza in 2005, although it maintains control of its borders.
Each year, Naksa day now sees protests against the occupation in the West Bank and Gaza.
Extracted from Palestine Chronicle
Naksa Day: Here’s what you need to know as Palestinians remember the 1967 Israeli occupation
This week, Palestinians mark the 52nd anniversary of Naksa Day, when Israel occupied the West Bank, Jerusalem, Gaza, Sinai and the Golan Heights in the 1967 Six Day War, sparking a mass exodus of Palestinians from their homes.
‘Naksa,’ or the ‘setback,’ refers to the beginning of the 1967 Six Day War on June 5, which saw Israel triple in size as it annexed East Jerusalem, took the West Bank from Jordan, the Gaza strip and Sinai from Egypt, and the Golan Heights from Syria, beginning over 50 years of occupation.
Life under occupation: Palestinians face land shortage
After 52 years of the Israeli occupation of the West Bank and the Gaza Strip, land remains at the heart of the conflict between Palestinians and Israelis. Palestinians say Israeli authorities are denying them permission to build homes. And with a lack of land for development, their way of life is under threat. Al Jazeera’s Nida Ibrahim reports from the occupied West Bank.
From occupation to total annexation? Violating international law
Two weeks before the 9 April elections, US President Donald Trump boosted Netanyahu by formally recognizing Israel’s illegal annexation of the Golan Heights, Syrian land it has occupied since the 1967 war.
With one signature, the US rewarded Israel’s lengthy violation of international law, laying the groundwork for its annexation of the rest of the West Bank (East Jerusalem was occupied in 1967). A few days before the election, Netanyahu vowed to begin the annexation process. This was not a rogue statement: most Likud members who ran for re-election are behind it. In this context, it is easy to envisage Trump giving his seal of approval to this move as well.
Annexation would mean a series of legislative measures extending Israeli sovereignty over settlements in the West Bank, leading to the consolidation of Bantustan-like entities for Palestinians. Rather than one sweeping move, annexation will continue to be a gradual process, turning Israel’s de facto control into de jure control.
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