June 5th, 2015
The General Delegation of the PLO to the United States joins the rest of the Palestinian people in commemorating the forty-eighth anniversary of Al-Naksah, “The 1967 War,” with somber reflection. On this day in 1967, Palestinians in the Gaza Strip and the West Bank (including East Jerusalem) came under Israeli military occupation. It is the last remaining colonial occupation in modern history, an insufferable transgression of basic human rights by any account, to persist thus far. Today’s commemoration salutes our people who have endured this brutal subjugation for decades while persevering in the struggle for freedom and statehood.
For the Palestinians, the 1967 War was termed Al-Naksah, “the Setback,” to describe what had befallen us, a short 19 years after the Nakba, “the Catastrophe.” Within a few months of the 1967 War, the Israeli authorities confiscated large tracts of Palestinian land to establish Israeli settlements, as well as restricted Palestinians’ access to land and other vital resources. In addition, this policy succeeded in curtailing the Palestinians’ most basic human rights rendering it an occupation of dispossession and violent control that continues to this day.
The policies and actions performed by the Israeli government are in direct contrast with its claim of commitment to the establishment of an independent, viable and contiguous Palestinian state with East Jerusalem as its capital. To this day, we, Palestinians, remain steadfast and resilient in the struggle for justice and sovereignty. Palestinians continue to challenge the occupation and move forward by building the institutions of the prospective Palestinian state while incessantly engaging in international diplomacy to achieve liberation.
The General Delegation of the PLO to the United States reaffirms its commitment to the inalienable national rights of the Palestinian people for freedom and dignity and the establishment of a fully sovereign and independent Palestinian state living side by side in peace and security with all its neighbors. On this day, we salute our martyrs, our prisoners, and all our people, and hope to commemorate this day next year in the independent State of Palestine.