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Activists Remember June 1967

Palestine,6, June, 2020. (The Inside Palestine)- Pro- Palestine activists from “Palestine Defense Forces” Team are marking the 53rd anniversary of Naksa or “the day of the setback”, the day tens of thousands of them were displaced from their homelands at the end of the Six-Day War in 1967.

The Naksa or “the day of the setback” refers to the annual observance of the 1967 war in which “Israel” invaded Gaza, the West Bank and East Jerusalem, resulting in the displacement of thousands of Palestinians from their homes. It is also known as the June War, the Six-Day War ended in Israel’s defeat for Egypt, Jordan, and Syria’s armies. “Israel” took control of the Palestinian-populated West Bank, Gaza Strip, Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula and Syria’s Golan Heights.

The activists meet two Palestinians and ask them to share their experience which they lived in Al-Naksa Day. The two old men are older than the so-called “Israel”.

In the June War, the Six-Day War, Palestinians witnessed the mass displacement many times. The first displacement of Palestinians had taken place in May 1948 soon after the establishment of the Jewish state.

The second large scale displacement happened in 1967.

Many UN resolutions asking for Israel’s withdrawal from these territories failed. Israel continues to occupy all except the Sinai Peninsula where it withdrew from in 1982, following a peace treaty with Egypt.

Fighting began with an Israeli surprise air attack on the Egyptian air force bases in Sinai on June 5, 1967.

The war, which lasted for six days left almost 20,000 Arabs dead (soldiers and civilians). Israel also lost 800 soldiers and civilians.

It is believed 70 to 80 percent of military equipment of the Arab armies was destroyed while Israel lost only 2-5 percent of their military arsenal.

As a result, Foreign activists show their solidarity with the Palestinian people in the 53rd anniversary of the Naksa.

A pro- Palestine woman from the USA showing her solidarity with Palestinians in #Naksa day. #StopSettlements 🇵🇸🇵🇸

Posted by Palestine Defense Forces on Saturday, June 6, 2020

In the Naksa Day, around 300,000 Palestinians were displaced from Gaza and the West Bank, most of them escaped to Jordan. “Israel” still occupies 85 percent of historic Palestine (27,000 sq km). Just 15 percent of the land is left for Palestinians, most of which is also under Israeli occupation. In November 1967, the UN Security Council in resolution number 242 urged Israel to withdraw from the territories it had occupied in the 1967 war. But “Israel” refused to withdraw from Syria’s Golan Heights and from other territories as mentioned in the UN resolution.

Hence, the pro- Palestine activists show the consequences of the Naksa after 53 years.


*Palestine Defence Forces team is a group of Palestinian youth activists, aiming at defending and raising awareness about the Palestinian cause, enhancing its role in the Western world, exposing the Israeli crimes and massacres committed in cold blood against Palestinians, and responding to the lies and persistent allegations against them.


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