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December 2010

Entry 30: Haiku for Hanin

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Entry 30 in the Mondo Awards end-of-the-year Inspire-us contest is a nomination of Hanin Zoabi, a member of the Israeli Knesset.  Hanin Zoabi braved the waters of Gaza and of the Knesset

Entry 29: What do you do/if you are a Jew

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Entry 29 in the Mondo Awards end-of-year Inspire-us contest was read aloud by the author (left) at the celebration of International Day of Peace on September 21, 2010 at the Peace and Social Justice Center of South Central Kansas (photo by Nathan Patrick).  What do you do if you are a Jew who doesn’t believe

Entry 28: I nominate Aya Kaniuk and Tamar Goldschmidt

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Entry 28 in the Mondo Awardsend-of-year Inspire-us contest is the nomination by Hazel Kahan of Aya Kaniuk and Tamar Goldschmidt: I must bring to your attention Aya and Tamar, the two brave, stalwart, indefatigable Israeli women of Mahsanmilim who report from the checkpoints using the written word and “no comment” videos (available on their website).

Entry 27: Motherhood in Palestine

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This is Entry 27 in the Mondo Awards end-of-year Inspire-us contest. The author gives her bio at the bottom. Just because I cannot keep My child away From the battlefield Outside our door

Protesters in Bil’in remove parts of Israel’s wall

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Hundreds of protesters marched on Friday at the village of Bil’in in a year-end protest of the Israeli-built wall on villagers’ lands. Despite an Israeli army blockade on the village since early morning, Israeli and international supporters joined the protest. And the Palestinian Prime Minister and other local leaders joined the villagers of Bil’in this

Entry 26: Gaza Riviera

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This is Entry 26 in the Mondo Awards end-of-year Inspire-us contest. The author also wrote our first Entry. Gaza-ing through the bullet-lit sky I wonder why I ignored the cries from this place Where my feet now stand Where even waste lays waste I fertilize hope So my son may get her face I lean

Entry 25: Haiku for Rebecca

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This is Entry 25 in the Mondo Awards end-of-year Inspire-us contest. R. Vilkomerson has worked steadily to bring BDS to lif

Entry 24: Who is a Jew? Who is not a Jew?

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This is Entry 24 in the Mondo Awards end-of-year Inspire-us contest. According to the Israeli chief rabbinate, a Jew is a person known to be a Jew. They apply the reasoning that errs on the side of “putting a fence around Torah”, meaning to not risk any assimilation of foreign thought, tradition, that could dissolve

Entry 23: I nominate Mustafa, Zochrot, Emily, Norman…

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This is Entry 23 in the Mondo Awards end-of-year Inspire-us contest. The author nominates several: Mustafa Barghouti for his secularism, common sense and for standing up for ordinary Palestinians. Because he knows what is right and that his people deserve more than either Israel, Hamas or Fatah have to offer. Zochrot for starting on the

Entry 22: Deborah Fink of J-BIG

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This is Entry 22 in the Mondo Awards end-of-year Inspire-us contest. The author is secretary of Americans AGAINST Apartheid UK We would like to nominate our personal hero, Deborah Fink, a UK activist (as well as a talented soprano and cabaret artist) from London, a dynamo of activism who has inspired me, as well as

Entry 21: Hakenkreuz and Davidstern

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This is Entry 21 in the Mondo Awards end-of-year Inspire-us contest. The writer says that he wrote this letter last June 17, 2010, and circulated it widely. A public response to New York Times columnist Roger Cohen On June tenth, 2010, New York Times columnist Roger Cohen posted a poignant meditation, weaving his personal joy

Entry 20: Am I a Jew?

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This is Entry 20 in the Mondo Awards end-of-year Inspire-us contest. In 1994 a man wrote me asking if I was a Jew. My answer was, I do not adhere to the Judaic religion, observe Jewish rituals or live in a community of Jews. Therefore I do not consider myself a Jew. Sensing from the

Entry 19: Israel, an Elegy

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This is Entry 19 in the Mondo Awards end-of-year Inspire-us contest. The writer has asked to use only one name. I live in the US now, a country I threw my lot with well over 30 years ago. Though I lived in several towns and moved between two states, I feel strangely rooted – as

Entry 18: Why I argued with the ambassador

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This is Entry 18 in the Mondo Awards end-of-year Inspire-us contest. When I was a freshman in high school, I decided it would be a good idea to start an argument with Israel’s ambassador to Korea. For some reason, when I heard that a government official from Israel was visiting my school for career day,

Entry 17: Peggy Gish and her late husband Art Gish– they walk the talk

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This is Entry 17 in the Mondo Awards end-of-year Inspire-us contest. Over thirty years ago Art and Peggy Gish started standing in the front of the Athens Ohio County Court House on every Monday. They began this tradition with a focus on peace and justice in the middle east. Art and Peggy would stand with

Mondo Awards submissions, the second day

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What’s happening on this site today? It’s the end of the year. On December 18, Annie announced an end-of-year Mondo Awards contest for essays and people that inspire. The response has been staggering. Yesterday we began rolling out the essays, 1, 2, 3, 4; we will try and finish them up by tonight, though it’s

Settlers set fire to home as seven Palestinians sleep inside

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  In the early morning hours of 29 December 2010, settlers set fire to a family’s dwelling in Susiya village.   The great majority of Susiya residents live in tents as their historic stone and cave dwellings have been demolished several times over by the Israeli military.  Many of the tents now used have been

Entry 16: With thunderous resolution and intention, I say I am ‘Mizrahi’!

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This is Entry 16 in the Mondo Awards end-of-year Inspire-us contest. On the last day of my recent trip to Israel/Palestine, the question I dreaded most finally came and I think I was finally ready to engage it. “What exactly were you doing here for so long?” my father’s side of the family asked in

Entry 15: The day Mahmoud Darwish asked for my hand in marriage

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This is Entry 15 in the Mondo Awards end-of-year Inspire-us contest. Taxi is a pseudonym for a regular commenter on this site.   Perhaps it is time to confess I really am a female despite my use of the blogname ‘Taxi’ and my affected tomboy style of writing. And yes, my smiling-astonished folks, the above

Entry 14: Mad props to the proud young Jews who heckled Netanyahu

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This is Entry 14 in the Mondo Awards end-of-year Inspire-us contest. It is a nomination of five young Jews who heckled Netanyahu last month. Monday morning, November 8, 2010. I turned on my computer and checked my email. A message in my inbox said, “JVP Live at the Jewish General Assembly: Watch NOW!” The body

Entry 13: This is the article I am sick of reading

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This is Entry 13 in the Mondo Awards end-of-year Inspire-us contest. Rick Burgess first posted this piece on his site on the day of the flotilla attack last spring. This is the article I am sick of reading. This is the article that will voice a reaction to the flotilla attack. It will detail a