On June 6, 1967, Israel launched an offensive against Egypt, Jordan, and Syria that commenced what is now its 50-year-old illegal occupation of the Gaza Strip, the West Bank, East Jerusalem, and the Golan Heights. Known variously as the June War and Six-Day War, the offensive was a critical juncture in the history of the region, and more importantly in the lives of countless Palestinians who have since been subjugated to a lengthy record of human rights violations. Many of these Palestinians were displaced for the second time, having been expelled from their villages by Jewish militia in 1947–48 in the lead up to the founding of Israel.
For many, the June War is a distant event. But, for Palestinians, the war and its implications couldn’t be any more present today than they were then. Marking the event, the Palestinian Task Force on Public Diplomacy launched the online campaign #OccupationIs, and asked Palestinians to share their views on what it means to live under occupation for fifty years. During these years, Israeli has killed well over 10,000 Palestinians, imprisoned approximately 800,000 others, destroyed nearly 50,000 homes, and barred close to quarter million Palestinians from returning to their homes by stripping their residency rights.
Palestinian legislator Hanan Ashrawi captured these facts in a video message saying that the “occupation is deprivation and ethnic cleansing. It took away my daughters’ IDs in Jerusalem, deprived them of their right to live in their ancestral homeland and deprived me of the joy and right of living with my children and grandchildren.”
— Ramy Jabbar 🇵🇸🇺🇸 (@Ramdog1980) June 5, 2017
#Occupationis not being able to visit your relatives who live 10 minutes away and an hour away without permission from your occupiers
— Mays (@The_Marmy) June 4, 2017
A mother out of answers explaining the horrific scene of soldiers pointing rifles at kids on our way to visit our grannies. #Occupationis
— Dalal IRIQAT, Ph.D (@DalalIRIQAT) June 4, 2017
— Xavier Abu Eid (@xabueid) June 3, 2017
#occupationis is cutting Palestinian towns, Cities, hopes and dreams by apartheid wall and bypass roads and settlements
— Fadi Arouri (@farouri) June 4, 2017
— Nour Odeh (@nour_odeh) June 4, 2017
#occupationis to detain people in jail with no charge, no trial under administrative detention
— mp (@blablimy) June 4, 2017
— Maysoon Zayid (@maysoonzayid) June 3, 2017
#occupationis Palestinians , Arabs and activists reducing you to either an agent of "resistance" or not. A subject of their projected fetish.
#occupationis a mother knowing she has no way of protecting her child when the occupier bombs their neighborhood #الاحتلال_هو
#occupationis house demolitions, forced displacement, no right of return, no water, Gaza: an open air prison,…
#occupationis being told that you can NOT boycott the economy of your occupier
#Occupationis forcing your kids to stop playing outside because you smell tear gas close to where you are forced to live. #Qalandia #KoforAkab
#occupationis listening to the torn families because of discriminatory laws against marriage of Palestinians from between borders
#Occupationis two generations of Palestinians know no other reality than that of discrimination, segregation, abusive detentions, house-raids and extrajudicial killings.
#occupationis to be arrested on your way to school at the age of 13, thrown into administrative detention without charge until you turn 14 then charged without evidence convicted and sentenced like an adult.
#occupationis worrying about having children because you do not want them to experience the same injustice and loss.
#occupationis waiting at a checkpoint while some 20 year old occupation soldier files her nails, leaving you standing…
Israeli #occupationis struggling to get soya milk for your lactose-intolerant child because Israel decided it was a luxury item you don't need #Gaza #Palestine #الاحتلال_هو
#occupationis to raise your children and love them infinitely, knowing that their childhood can end on any given day, on any given checkpoint on their way to school