NEW YORK (JTA) – If you’ve been reading the opinion pages of North America’s major newspapers recently, you probably know the Six-Day War broke out 50 years ago this week.
The war’s broad, profound and lasting effects have been rehashed time and again: Israel decisively defeated its Arab enemies, vastly expanded its territory, gained control of Judaism’s holiest sites and began its ongoing occupation of the West Bank. More than a few articles have noted that the purportedly brief war has, in some senses, lasted five decades.
There has been no shortage of op-eds by familiar names that largely repeat the traditional talking points of the Palestinians, the pro-Israel left, or the pro-Israel right – unabashedly condemning the war or celebrating Israel’s victory; mourning the occupation, denying its existence or absolving Israel for its persistence; providing a blueprint for a better future.
Here are six pieces that challenge those narratives, or that highlight fresh aspects of the war and its influence. Most of them are also from voices that tend to be heard less often in public discussions of foreign policy in the U.S. – women, younger writers and Palestinians. [Read more…]