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We’ve always depended on readers to support our work, and this winter our pitch could not be more direct. The Israeli-Palestinian conflict is again on American front pages, but the story remains the same. Palestinians have gained enhanced status at the United Nations, the Israeli assault on Gaza has brought world attention to Palestinian conditions, Israeli settlement policy is spurring rage in Europe, and the death rattle of the two-state solution is being heard across the world but the American understanding of the conflict remains (almost) as blind as ever.

Politically, Obama and his rival tried to out-Israel one another in their foreign policy debate and most recently Susan Rice lectured the Palestinians for daring to try and exercise self-determination. In the media, a New York Times correspondent informs us that Palestinians are “ho-hum” about their children’s deaths and in academia the incoming chancellor at the University of California renounces his signature on a ten-year-old petition calling for divestment from the Israeli military in order to put on his new robe.

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The American discourse continues to be the playground of Israel’s friends, and the damage to Palestinians and to the American image overseas continues apace. And we’re optimistic? Yes. The mainstream is dug in on this issue now because they know how much is at stake: All the traditional understandings of the conflict are collapsing, and Palestinians are at last getting a hearing on the world stage as alternative media fills the gap where traditional gatekeepers have fallen down on the job. Please help Mondoweiss continue to push the envelope by making a tax deductible contribution to our year end fundraising drive now.

This site has been an important force for change in the American understanding along with many other groups and individuals who are our friends. Through our relentlessness and focus and passion we have been pushing the story in new ways in the last six months. We have had reporters on the ground in Palestine, we have driven stories picked up by mainstream news outlets and forced accountability for media bias. Our traffic continues to grow, to close to 5 million individual visitors this year, we are publishing a wider array of voices than ever before. Lately we have strengthened our foundation with the naming of a publisher, Scott Roth, and we expect more exciting changes in the new year. We will only be able to continue to grow with your help – please help us reach our goal of raising $40,000 by the end of the year with a tax-deductible donation today.

We need your help and now is the time. For all contributions over $60 we will send you an exciting gift – Shlomo Sand’s brand new book The Invention of the Land of Israel. Sand’s last book was the controversial bestseller The Invention of the Jewish People, and his follow up is sure to spark conversation as well. Mondoweiss continues to tell the story others refuse to tell, and push the issues others shy away from — help us be even louder in 2013.

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