Presented below is the latest message in a series, “What Mondoweiss Means To Me.” We are honored that leaders in the movement for justice in Israel/Palestine respect the site enough to offer these statements in order to help us raise $60,000 by December 31. Please read Rebecca Vilkomerson’s comments, and if you agree that quality news and analysis are essential, join her in giving.
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Dear fellow Mondoweiss readers:
As the Executive Director of Jewish Voice for Peace, I want to share with you what Mondoweiss means to us—and why it is urgent to contribute to keep the site growing.
Jewish Voice for Peace is a community of thousands who are inspired by Jewish tradition to work for the human rights of Palestinians as well as Israelis, and an end to U.S. support of injustice in Palestine.
When I started doing this work 15 years ago, finding true and useful information was a real struggle. Now Mondoweiss is a crucial source of information for all kinds of people—from those just learning about this issue to committed experts. The breadth and quality of the coverage is just that good. Mondoweiss is a truly indispensable resource for educating and urging people into action.
When McCarthyism hits U.S. campuses, whether it be the University of Illinois’s persecution of Steven Salaita, or the many college administrations that have selectively disciplined student Palestinian solidarity groups for exercising free speech, Mondoweiss provides the details and context that help JVP to educate students and faculty throughout the country.
When young Jews stand up bravely to question their muzzling by the Jewish establishment—as in the remarkable emergence of Open Hillel over the past year—Mondoweiss’s coverage helps the nascent movement spread the word.
And when conscience-led Christians work to change their church’s stance, as in this year’s General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church-USA, Mondoweiss helps convince church members to adopt constructive policy. The site’s expert analysis reinforces the message we share: standing for justice is not anti-Semitic but an act of solidarity with seekers of peace and justice among Jews as well as Palestinians.
The mobilization of thousands this summer against the invasion of Gaza, the increasing impact of the BDS movement, and the growth of the movement for justice in Palestine would hardly see the light of day if it were up to the mainstream media. Without Mondoweiss, the news of our successes might be drowned out in a sea of obfuscation, misinterpretation and downright lies.
Mondoweiss’s platform amplifies a critical message for everyone organizing on this issue, JVP included: true justice and peace for Palestinians and Israelis will only be possible when the U.S. stops enabling Israel’s actions through economic, diplomatic and military cover.
That’s why this year, just like every year, I am making a contribution to keep the work of Mondoweiss going. Please join me today in supporting Mondoweiss, the essential herald that brings the world news of all who dare speak out.
Executive Director, Jewish Voice for Peace
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