The Six Day War: 50 Years On

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The Jewish Leadership Council together with the Board of Deputies and the Jewish Chronicle have collaborated on a social media initiative titled “The Six Day War: 50 Years On”.

The initiative will play out on Facebook and Twitter from mid-May to mid-June.

The daily posts on both social media outlets cover the breaking news for each day, illustrated by contemporary newsreels, photographs and reports from 1967. The project focuses on how the fast-moving crisis in the Middle East affected British Jews.

The daily posts on the project’s Facebook page and Twitter account will begin on May 15.

You can read about the launch of the campaign here.

Alongside the social media campaign, which serves as a stark reminder that the Six Day war was a time of tremendous trauma, as many feared Israel was facing a second Holocaust, but it was also a time of tremendous resolve and activism. The Six Day War had a great and long lasting impact on Israel and indeed world Jewry for years to come. Below, you will find some points that illustrate some of that impact.

  • Before the Six Day War, there was an existential threat to Israel’s existence. The Six Day War further established Israel’s ability to defend itself.
  • The Six Day War gave access to the old city of Jerusalem and the Kotel from which Jews had previously been banned for 20 years. This reawakened a spiritual consciousness and opened up access to holy Jewish sites.
  • The Six Day war ignited a spark in world Jewish activism which impacted heavily on Soviet Jewry. Between 1967 and 1989, Jewish activism was bolstered by international support from the U.S. and Israel as Jewish communities across the world became determined to assert themselves in defence of fellow Jews inside the USSR.
  • The Six Day War planted Israel as a firm ally of the West. After June 5, U.S. officials believed that they should not force Israel to withdraw unless peace settlements were put into place.
  • The Six Day War ultimately led to the long term peace with Egypt and eventual long term peace with Jordan.
  • The Six Dar War led to further conflict with the Palestinian national movement which remains bitterly contested amongst Palestinians and the wider world. The Israeli Government has continued its longstanding commitment to a solution.

We Believe in Israel have also put together a flyer, highlighting some of the key facts of the Six Day War. You can find the flyer here.