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Palestinian and Israeli fatalities in 2014 (via @samloveshummus) prior to the start of Israel’s Gaza massacre this past week, which has killed an additional 127 according to the most recent live blog update (about 6 in ten of whom are civilians, and 2 in ten are children). Guess which fatalities were covered in the media?
Commander’s Combat Material for “Solid Rock” Operation [a.k.a. “Protective Edge”]
Dear commanders and fighters,
It has been our great privilege to command and serve in the Givati Brigade at this time. History has chosen us to be the sharp edge of the bayonet of fighting the terrorist enemy “from Gaza” which curses, defames and abuses the God of Israel’s battles. We have practiced and prepared for this time and we take upon ourselves the mission with full humility, and being willing to endanger ourselves and give our lives to protect our families, our nation and our homeland.
We will act together forcefully and with resolve, with initiative, and with deceptive tricks and aim for contact with the enemy. We will do everything to live up to the mission and wipe out the enemy and remove the threat from the Nation of Israel. Nobody here returns without performing.
We will act and do everything to return our lads safely. Using all means at our disposal and with all required force.
I trust you, each and every one of you, to act in that spirit, in the spirit of Israeli fighters who are the pioneers leading the camp. The spirit of Givati. I turn my eyes to the sky and call with you “Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God is one Lord.” God, the Lord of Israel, make our path successful, as we are about to fight for Your People, Israel, against an enemy who defames your name. In the name of the IDF fighters and in particular, the fighters and commanders from the Brigade, make the phrase “For the Lord your God is he that goeth with you, to fight for you against your enemies, to save you.” come true, and we shall answer: Amen.
Together and only together we will win.
Ofer Winter, Colonel”
Commander of the Givati Brigade
Insane letter to Israeli troops by top commander on the eve of a possible ground invasion of Gaza uses Biblical imagery and racism to declare a holy war.
"There But For Fortune," Phil Ochs
Show me the country where the bombs had to fall
Show me the ruins of the buildings once so tall
And I’ll show you a young land with so many reasons why
And there but for fortune may go you or I
Palestinian deaths from Israel’s aerial attacks in Gaza rose sharply on Thursday, while militants there fired more than 180 rockets into Israel, reaching new targets spread across a vast area of the country.
The escalation appeared to increase the likelihood of a ground invasion and prompted the United Nations secretary general, Ban Ki-moon, to call urgently for a return to calm and a cease-fire.
“Today, we face the risk of an all-out escalation in Israel and Gaza, with the threat of a ground offensive still palpable — and preventable only if Hamas stops rocket firing,” he told an emergency meeting of the Security Council. There were no signs that a cease-fire was imminent, and no signs that diplomats representing the antagonists were heeding Mr. Ban’s call for calm.
Ron Prosor, Israel’s ambassador to the United Nations, played an air-raid siren at the Council meeting to reflect what his country’s citizens hear every day. He called his Palestinian counterpart, Riyad Mansour, “a mouthpiece of Hamas.” Mr. Mansour blamed the underlying Israeli occupation, exhorting the Council to intervene and “salvage prospects for peace and security.””
The New York Times, "Gaza Deaths Spike In Third Day of Air Assault While Rockets Hit Israel" (via inothernews)
via Danish journalist @allansorensen72:
Sderot cinema. Israelis bringing chairs 2 hilltop in sderot 2 watch latest from Gaza. Clapping when blasts are heard.
Max Blumenthal, author of Goliath: Life and Loathing in Greater Israel, gives a powerful speech at yesterday’s rally protesting Israel’s massacre in Gaza outside the Israeli Consulate in NYC:
This isn’t a conflict, it’s an illegal conquest…The extremists are the people who have demolished 27,000 Palestinian homes since 1967…the extremists are the people who have turned Gaza into an open-air prison.
Orthodox rabbis condemn Israel’s attacks on Gaza at a rally yesterday outside the Israeli Consulate.
"Mail Order Dog," Pinkard & Bowden. I ain’t had much luck with regular dogs, so that’s why I’m lookin’ through the catalogs.
The Jackson 5 perform “I Want You Back,” “The Love You Save,” “Never Can Say Goodbye,” and “I’ll Be There” on the Motown 25 special. Then Michael Jackson blows the show away with “Billy Jean” and introduces America to the moonwalk. Recorded March 25, 1983 and aired May 16. If you’ve never watched it, you have to. Full screen. Michael Jackson died five years ago today, June 25, 2009.
"Those Three Are On My Mind," Kim Harris and the Magpies, haunting and beautiful cover of the Pete Seeger song about civil rights workers Andrew Goodman, James Earl Chaney and Michael Schwerner, murdered on this day fifty years ago, June 21, 1964 by the Ku Klux Klan in Mississippi. And so I ask the killers, can you sleep at night?
jamiek said: Your posts today have made me wish we had a voice today like Phil Ochs—apart from Billy Bragg, there aren't many.
there is none.