RESOURCES ON THE 50th ANNIVERSARY OF THE SIX-DAY WAR

The Six Day War was a decisive victory for Israel and led to the reunification of Jerusalem. This June will mark the 50th anniversary of the 1967 Six-Day War, a pivotal moment in Israel’s history with ramifications that continue to shape the country today.

The occasion provides an opportunity to join with Israel in celebrating the reunification of Jerusalem, and in educating Jewish and wider communities about the war and Israel’s ongoing search for peace. JCPA/IAN/JFNA have compiled this sheet to help provide resources to those who are planning programs on the topic.  We will update it as resources become available.

JCPA/IAN/JFNA Package of Resources

In January, JCPA/IAN/JFNA prepared a package of resources that was sent to the community relations field. The contents included: An introductory letter with program ideas, framing points for discussions with community members and the media, a sample op-ed, suggested responses to common allegations against Israel, and a framing introduction and power point timeline highlighting Israel’s 1967 efforts for peace.  To access these documents click here.

Social Media

Countdown to the Six Day War, a four-week social media project that will educate Facebook users on the War using 12 short films and real footage. The project is produced by Jerusalem U and the Jerusalem Post and co-sponsored by the Jewish Federations of North America, the Jewish Council for Public Affairs, the Israel Action Network, and the Center for Israel Education. Click here to like and share on Facebook. Gain access to the free video series here. Click here for the schedule for posting videos.

The June 1967 War: How It Changed Jewish, Israeli and Middle Eastern History Curriculum –  an in-depth, multimedia curriculum on the 50-Year Legacy of the War and its aftermath – how it changed Israel, Jewish history, and Israel’s relationship with the Diaspora. Produced by the Center for Israel Education and AZRA.
– Click here to access the curriculum.
– To learn more about the curriculum and how best to use the curriculum’s leaders and participant guide watch JCPA’s     webinar featuring Ken Stein, CIE President.  Click here to view the webinar.

Jerusalem @ 50: Ideas and Resources for JCCs to help celebrate and commemorate the 50th anniversary of Jerusalem – provides resources and ideas for JCCs to help celebrate and commemorate the 50th anniversary of the reunification of Jerusalem. Ways to celebrate this historic moment include: sounds and sights of Israel, a collection of songs from the Six Day War, photos and films, as well as Jerusalem-themed food amongst many other resources and ideas.  Produced by the JCC Association of North America Click here for 10-page PDF.

50 Years of Missed Opportunities for Peace – A video from Stand With Us. Click here for video.

Background Information

Causes and Consequences of the Six-Day War (1967) – an analysis of the causes and consequences of the conflict examines the origins of the Six-Day War by assessing the build up to hostilities between Israel and Egypt, Jordan and Syria and the impact of the war on Israeli society, Palestinian nationalism and Pan-Arabism. Produced by the BICOM.  Click here for access to the paper.

The Begin-Sadat Center for Strategic Studies – Lessons of the 1967 Deterioration – offers a reconsideration of the events of the years preceding the 1967 war and lessons for today. The backgrounder calls the escalation towards the Six Day War as “a classic case of a limited campaign spinning out of control against expectations.” Produced by the Begin-Sadat Center for Strategic Studies. To learn more, click here

Six-Day War: 50th Anniversary: 50th Anniversary Resource Primer – a mini website that compiles background information from a wide variety of sources to give a deeper understanding of how circumstances developed over the weeks and months leading up to the war. Created by Honest Reporting. Click here to learn more.

Six Transformative Days: A Primer on the Last 50 Years – A primer dealing with the 1967 Six-Day War and the challenges/issues that emerged from the conflict. This is a collaboration between Martin Raffel and Gil Troy and appears in an edition of Hadassah Magazine you can view here.

Jerusalem: 10 Essential Facts. Click here to access booklet.

50th Anniversary of the 1967 War Factsheet

The 1967 Six Day War: 50 Years Later – produced by the American-Israeli Cooperative Enterprise (AICE) in cooperation with Stand With Us (SWU). Click here to read the brochure.

1967: Miracles & Challenges –  A digital toolkit for 50th anniversary of Israel’s Six-Day War. For those seeking to teach or learn more about the events of the Six-Day War and its impact on Israel and World Jewry today provides a unique one-stop shop resource. Click here for the digital toolkit. A joint project of the JCRC and The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington.

50 Years On: A Conversation on the Legacy of Six Days in June – with Yehuda Kurtzer and Daniel Kurtzer, S.Daniel Abraham Professor of Middle East policy studies at Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. To watch the video from The Shalom Hartman Institute of North America click here.

 

Publications

Awakened Dream: 50 Years of Complex Unification of Jerusalem, Elan Ezrachi, PhD, an educator, specialist in Jewish Peoplehood and Israel – Diaspora relations; a social activist promoting pluralism and community in Jerusalem. (To be published in May). He is available to speak during his time in NYC June 4-20.   Contact Info – Elan’s e-mail: ezrachi.elan@gmail.com

Like Dreamers: The Story of the Israeli Paratroopers, Yossi Klein Halevi. Halevi tracks down seven members of the 55th Paratroopers Reserve Brigade who helped win the Six Day War and the reunification of Jerusalem.  He traces their lives through the decades following the Six-Day War and shares that despite the intensity of their shared experience protecting Israel, in their postwar paths they nurture divergent vision for the country’s future.

Six Days of War: June 1967 and the Making of the Modern Middle East, Michael Oren an American-born Israeli historian and former Israeli ambassador to the United States, chronicling the events of the Six-Day War fought Between Israel and its Arab neighbors.

Movies

Israel:  A Nation Is Born (2003)- This six-part chronicle of the birth and development of the Jewish state is hosted and narrated by former Israeli Ambassador to the U.S. Abba Eban, who also hosted Heritage: Civilization and the Jews. Among those featured in interviews and rare archival footage are U.S. Presidents Harry Truman and Richard Nixon, and key leaders Winston Churchill, Anwar Sadat, David Ben-Gurion, Golda Meir, Menachem Begin, and Yitzhak Rabin. Together with Eban’s firsthand testimony, this series achieves a diverse perspective of both the Arab and Israeli experience. You can purchase from Amazon.

In Our Hands: The Battle for Jerusalem, soon to be released in June by the Christian Broadcasting Network. To learn more click here.

Follow Me: The Story of the Six Day War (1970), Israel’s miraculous victory against overwhelming Arab forces is chronicled in this riveting documentary.  The tense weeks preceding the outbreak of the war, the actual battles on the Egyptian, Jordanian and Syrian fronts, the fierce battle for Jerusalem and the emotional liberation of the Western Wall, all unfold dramatically. To learn more click here.

Siege (1970), Gila Almagor plays Tamar, an Israeli woman who loses her husband during the Six Day War. Her husband’s friends do not want his memory to be forgotten, and this force her into the role of the ever-mourning widow. Her story is not uncommon in Israel. Also with Dahn Ben Amotz and Yehoram Gaon. Directed by Gilberto Tofano. To learn more click here.

For more information contact Melanie Roth Gorelick, Senior Vice President, JCPA at MGorelick@thejcpa.org.