Displacement and Resilience: remembering 1967 Naksa 

June 05, 2023

Al-Qassam Website - On this date in 1967, the Israeli occupation authorities launched a preemptive strike on Egypt, Jordan, Iraq, and Syria. As a result, they gained control over the entirety of Jerusalem, the West Bank, Gaza, the Syrian Golan Heights, and Egypt's Sinai Peninsula. 

This event marked the occupation of the remaining 22% of historic Palestine that had not been occupied in 1948, about twenty years after the Palestinian Nakba (catastrophe). The Israeli occupation onslaught led to the displacement of nearly 400,000 Palestinians, in addition to the hundreds of thousands already displaced in 1948. 

Approximately half of these individuals experienced displacement for the second time in less than 20 years. The number of Palestinian refugees living in UN Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) camps in the West Bank, Gaza Strip, Jordan, Syria, and Lebanon increased further as a result.

Following the offensive, which received strong support from the United States, the Israeli occupation forces established military control over the West Bank, Gaza, and Jerusalem. The Palestinians in the "occupied Palestinian territories" have since endured a harsh Israeli military occupation and have faced challenges from armed, right-wing Jewish settlers. 

These settlers viewed "Israel's" victory as permission to colonise the land they believed was promised to them alone by God. 

The Israeli occupation of the Palestinian territories has involved the establishment of Israeli colonial settlements, which are considered illegal under international law. These settlements, along with the Israeli military presence, have had a significant impact on the daily lives of Palestinians, leading to restrictions on movement, limited access to resources, and ongoing tensions.

The Palestinian resistance has exacted a high cost from the Israeli occupation through their actions in the Gaza Strip, compelling the dismantling of illegal settlements and the withdrawal of Israeli occupation military forces in 2005, a day referred to by Palestinians as "Resistance Day."Top of Form