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31 May 2017
Australian Friends of Palestine Association
3 things about those 6 days in 1967
Next week, 5-10 June, marks 50 years since the 1967 War and Israel's illegal military occupation of the Palestinian territories - the West Bank, Gaza Strip and East Jerusalem.
~ The Six Day War has endured for 50 years [SMH]
~ Israel's festivities will highlight 50 years of shame [Jonathan Cook]
~ Why Israel needs a Palestinian state [The Economist]
& ICYMI... A jubilee of failure [Haaretz]
Israeli airstrike 1967
An Israeli airstrike near the Augusta-Victoria Hospital, Jerusalem. [Public domain]
The Six Day War has endured for 50 years
Tony Walker, Sydney Morning Herald, 28 May 2017
'A week today the world will note the 50th anniversary of the start of the most enduring conflict of the modern era, and one which has caused untold misery for those living with the consequences. On June 5, 1967, Israel launched a pre-emptive strike against surrounding Arab states in retaliation for an Egyptian blockade of the Gulf of Aqaba. In a matter of hours, Israel had destroyed 90 per cent of Egypt's Soviet-supplied air force, and over succeeding days, in what became known as the Six Day War, it seized the Sinai Desert and Gaza Strip from the Egyptians, Jerusalem and the West Bank from Jordan and the Golan Heights from Syria. Overnight, the Jewish state trebled the size of territory under its control...'
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Israel's festivities will highlight 50 years of shame
Jonathan Cook, The National, 17 April 2017
'Israel is to hold lavish celebrations over the coming weeks to mark the 50th anniversary of what it calls the “liberation of Judea, Samaria and the Golan Heights” – or what the rest of us describe as the birth of the occupation... Fifty years on, the colonisation of East Jerusalem and the West Bank is so entrenched that a two-state solution is nothing more than a pipe dream...'
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Why Israel needs a Palestinian state
The Economist, 20 May 2017
'Israel’s "temporary" occupation has endured for half a century. The peace process that created “interim” Palestinian autonomy, due to last just five years before a final deal, has dragged on for more than 20. A Palestinian state is long overdue. Rather than resist it, Israel should be the foremost champion of the future Palestine that will be its neighbour...'
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50 years too many
View AFOPA's special resource file on 50 years of the illegal Israeli Occupation.
And in case you missed it...
A jubilee of failure, Haaretz editorial, 25 May 2017
'Fifty years is enough time to judge Israel on its success in Jerusalem, and the picture is one of striking failure...“Between the western part of the city and its east there is still an abyss of unbearable differences in poverty rates, an abyss of huge gaps in infrastructure, an abyss of prolonged neglect.”...'
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