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50 Years since the Naksa

June 9, 2017

On June 5th Palestinians commemorate the Naksa, day of setback, to mark the displacement of people at the end of the Six-Day War in 1967 and the beginning of the Israeli occupation of the Palestinian Territories of the West Bank and Gaza Strip.  This is the second displacement Palestinians have experienced, the first happened in 1948 in the violent creation of the state of Israel and is commemorated by Palestinians as Al Nakba, the catastrophe, on May 15th each year.

As 2017 marks the 50th year of occupation, there are many articles, reports and books that have been published on this topic.  Below is a selection of these resources, check back for further additions during the year.

Faith-based focus:

  • CFOS has gathered several resources as part of a call for Prayer to Mark 50 Years of Occupation
  • Sabeel Jerusalem has released a statement by board chair Rev. Naim Ateek, Half a Century of Occupation – What Next?
  • The World Council of Churches held a Pentecost prayer service in Jerusalem calling for prayers for the people of the Holy Land.
    Resources available at: Pentecost is Time to Pray for Unity and Just Peace.
  • The WCC has released a Statement on 50 Years of Occupation, praying for new paths to peace and calling for churches around the world to renew their commitment to speaking and acting in support of justice and peace in Palestine and Israel.
  • For Passover, the new Jewish peace group Save Israel Stop the Occupation released The Jubilee Haggadah, which proclaims liberty throughout the land for all of its inhabitants.
  • The National Coalition of Christian Organizations in Palestine have released an open letter to the WCC calling for costly solidarity from their partners around the world and a renewed commitment to implement the calls to action in the Kairos Palestine document.

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