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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.
"Days Of Decision," Phil Ochs, which connects the nuclear threat—the far-reaching rockets—and the horrific civil rights murders—the three bodies buried in the Mississippi mud—of Chaney, Goodman and Schwerner on June 21, 1964.
"He Was My Brother," Simon & Garfunkel, later dedicated to Andrew Goodman, who was murdered fifty years ago today during Freedom Summer in Mississippi with his fellow civil rights workers James Earl Chaney and Michael Schwerner, on June 21, 1964. (In later performances, they sang “Mississippi’s gonna be your buryin’ place.”) They shot my brother dead because he hated what was wrong.
"Here’s To The State Of Mississippi," Phil Ochs. In 1964, Ochs traveled to Mississippi with Eric Andersen ("Thirsty Boots") for musical performances in support of Freedom Summer. Two days after they arrived, the bodies of the three civil rights workers murdered on June 21 were discovered. Ochs feared assassination as they performed.
Here’s to the state of Mississippi
For underneath her borders the devil draws no line
If you drag her muddy rivers, nameless bodies you will find
Oh, the fat trees of the forest have hid a thousand crimes
The calendar is lyin’ when it reads the present time
Here’s to the land you’ve torn out the heart of
Mississippi, find yourself another country to be part of
According to Death Of A Rebel, Marc Eliot’s Ochs biography, “Phil wanted to talk to ‘the average Mississippian’…[he] would walk up to strangers, notebook out, ask a question, and write down what people said.” From the song:
And here’s to the people of Mississippi
Who say the folks up north, they just don’t understand
And they tremble in the shadows at the thunder of the Klan
Oh, the sweating of their souls can’t wash the blood from off their hands
For they smile and shrug their shoulders at the murder of a man
In the liner notes, Ochs wrote:
This song might be subtitled, “Farewell To Mississippi,” for in order to write a few more songs like this, it might be wiser for me to stay away for a while. I was down there last summer and must admit that I met some nice people and that the state isn’t as bad as my song implies, unless you are a Negro who has forgotten his place, or unless your last name was Chaney, Goodman, or Schwerner.