The Six Day War – Naksa?
Naksa? What Naksa?
by Daniel Pinner, Jun. 5, 2018
After the Naqba (“Catastrophe”, the Arab term for Israel’s independence) comes the “Naksa”, meaning “setback”, referring to Israel’s stunning victory in the Six Day War of June 5-10, 1967.
The typical narrative goes: In Resolution 181 of November 1947, the UN gave Israel 55% of historic Palestine. During the course of the subsequent war (never mind the exact causes and circumstances of Israel’s War of Independence, or even who was fighting whom), Israel increased he territory by 40%, ending up with 78% of historic Palestine, and then ethnically cleansed Palestine, creating [insert any number you like here] Palestinian refugees.
And then, one bright summer’s day in 1967, for no readily apparent reason, Israel invaded and conquered the remaining 22% of historic Palestine, in what is known as the Six Day War.
And as a consequence, the Palestinians have now been living under the harshest occupation in history for more than half-a-century.
This false narrative of historical revisionism has gained general acceptance over several decades. A couple of recent simple, representative examples, chosen at random from millions: