"The 50th Year after the Occupation 1967"

50 years have passed since the 1967 War – also called ‘the Six-Day War’ by Israelis and ‘al-Naksa (meaning setback in Arabic)’ by Palestinians. The war in June brought about significant transformation internally and internationally to the Israeli—Palestinian conflict. The result of the war meant not only demise of the Arab nationalism movement but also prolonged structural change in the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. Israel occupied total area of Palestine including East Jerusalem, the West Bank and the Gaza Strip. Deprived from Jordan and Egypt, those OPTs (Occupied Palestinian Territories) came under Israeli control. It created pseudo reality of “one state” for Israel and Palestine which worked both as a threat and benefit for Zionists; threat to the Jewish character of the state, and dream for expansionist of the land for Israel. Even the current issues derive from the change happened in 1967. The latest examples are the controversies raised by the US President Donald Trump such as the US embassy move to Jerusalem and the statements on the one-state or two-state solution of the conflict. For Jerusalem, while it was divided into the East and West by the 1948 War, both sides fell under total control by Israel in 1967 after the war. The two-state solution became a fundamental framework since the Oslo Accord, while the border negotiation has its basis on the 1967 occupation with proposal of the minor exchange of land between Israel and the West Bank. The independence of the Palestinian State depends on sustainable development of the economy, however it has been also subordinated under occupation since 1967.
  As the year 2017 marks the 50th anniversary of the Israeli occupation of the whole historic Palestine, we are organizing a series of international symposia in Tokyo, Hiroshima, and Osaka in July 2017. The purpose and significance of holding them in Japan is to revisit the impact of the 1967 War. Through the lectures, we will confirm the meaning of the occupation to their daily lives, both on Palestinian and Israeli sides, learn the political, social, and economic influence to the current situation, and investigate possible future pathways in Palestine and Israel. How has the half century changed relationship between Israelis and Palestinians? What lessons can we learn from the history? The discussion will give us hints for these questions.
  We have already organized a workshop in Kyoto University on the occasion of the UN partition plan of Palestine in November 29, 1997, and another series of international symposia on al-Nakba (‘catastrophe’ in 1948) in Tokyo, Hiroshima, Kyoto in 2008. So it will mark decade events memorizing the crucial historic points for both Palestine and Israel.

■Invited Speakers
Avi Shlaim
Khalil Nakhleh

■Organizing committee
(ILCAA-NIHU members) USUKI Akira, HAMANAKA Shingo, MATSUNAGA Yasuyuki, HOSAKA Shuji, MATSUMOTO Hiroshi, MORIYAMA Teruaki

■Executive Committee
[Tokyo] KONDO Nobuaki, USUKI Akira, NISHIKIDA Aiko, HOSODA Kazue, SUZUKI Hiroyuki
[Osaka] YAKUSHIGE Yoshihiro
[Hiroshima] UNO Masaki, TANAMI Aoe, Members of the Middle East Network

■Venue: Tokyo, Kyoto, Osaka, Hiroshima

■Period: 2(Sun.), 5(Wed.), 6(Thu.), 9(Sun.) July 2017

■Host Associations
Middle East and Islamic Studies at ILCAA , Tokyo University of Foreign Studies(NIHU Area Studies Project for the Modern Middle East)