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Almost ten years ago, Mondoweiss was born when Phil Weiss decided to risk his journalistic career in order to tell the truth about destructive American policy in the Middle East—and its horrific human costs.

Today, one person’s commitment has blossomed into a far-reaching community, bringing to the world sterling reporting, incisive analysis, stunning photos and videos. Our mission is to provide Journalism That Powers Justice—and we hope and believe that often, we succeed at that mission. Our stories reach mainstream pundits and even policy-makers, although they don’t admit to it. (One of these days, ask me about how Mondoweiss turned up in Hillary’s email…)

But even as our influence spreads—thanks to our readers, who share what matters to them—I’m glad that in many ways our site still has many of the qualities of a small community. People who check for new content as part of their morning routine. Thoughtful discussions, in which issues and sources are scrutinized from many angles. And an ability not to take ourselves—or our political opponents—too seriously.

Our task now is to continue to grow and expand our reach, while maintaining our strengths and serving our community. Today Mondoweiss is poised to have more of an impact, and we owe it to advocates of sane, humane foreign policy and Palestinian human rights to seize that opportunity.

We’re soooo close! If we reach our $90,000 Challenge Goal by midnight tonight, we will receive $50,000 more from four generous donors. Please donate today so Mondoweiss can deliver even more eye-opening journalism.

Three weeks ago, some of our most generous and strategic donors told us they believed we could build a stronger organization—that the community we’ve grown would be ready to push us to the next stage. We worked with them with some trepidation to launch the year-end Challenge Campaign. In many ways, we still expect to cover the news using today’s equivalent of two tin cans and a string. Our challenge donors were challenging us not only to inspire donations, but to think big about what Mondoweiss can achieve.

So here we are, on the last day of the campaign, and we’re well over 90 percent of our goal! Thanks to so many of you, who believe in the importance of a responsible press, we’re within whispering distance of unlocking that $50,000 Challenge Fund. All we need is another 20 or 30 gifts—we could get there by noon!

For those of you who have not yet contributed, it’s not too late. Over the past few weeks we’ve shared the highlights of 2015 – the interviewsphotos and videos that we’re proudest of. Please check them out and share them.

I’ve also gathered some of the tributes we’ve received over the past few years; have a look at the bottom of the page to see some truly humbling comments. If you have not yet decided on a contribution, I hope these statements will inspire you to take action now.

The top of this post features an image showing a sampling of how our readers have dedicated their donations when they’ve sent funds to invest in Mondoweiss’s continued service. I can’t read those messages without feeling the enormous responsibility we’ve taken on. Thank you to everyone who has contributed to help Mondoweiss reach the next level. We are privileged to be part of your team.

Sincerely,

Adam Horowitz,
Co-Editor, Mondoweiss

P.S. Reporting on a shoestring is possible, and Mondoweiss has proved it. But the people of Palestine deserve a press that can cover every important event, and can spread the news as far as it needs to go, using the best available technology. Thank you for helping us continue building Journalism That Powers Justice.


“The writers at Mondoweiss have given themselves the assignment of doing what the mainstream press refuses to do: provide reliable information and analysis about the Middle East. Nobody told them to do it. In fact, a lot of people told them not to do it. Yet they do it every single day. Mondoweiss is a lifeline and I am so grateful.”
Naomi Klein, author of “The Shock Doctrine” and “This Changes Everything”

“I rapidly came to appreciate how much hard information as well as well-argued opinion about the Middle East problem is available here. Above all I find Mondoweiss a representative of genuine anti-racism.”
MHughes976, site commenter

“Mondoweiss is a rare beacon of free speech and insightful analysis. But more than that, the site is a vital tool for raising awareness in the US about the struggle for Palestinian rights. Make no mistake, Israel, its lobby and its well-oiled spin machine know that every report, opinion and analysis published in Mondoweiss strikes a blow at their still-solid supremacy in the mainstream media.”
Omar Barghouti, human rights activist and co-founder, Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement

“An indispensable voice in the search for justice and peace in the Middle East.”
lonely rico, site commenter

“Anyone who cares about improving America’s standing in the Middle East must be deeply grateful to Mondoweiss’s editors for all they have done—and continue to do—to encourage honest and open discourse on these critical issues. If you value the pursuit of truth as a tool in developing rational, humane policy, please join me in supporting Mondoweiss.”
John Mearsheimer, R. Wendell Harrison Distinguished Service Professor of Political Science, University of Chicago

“Mondoweiss has been the antidote to an Orwellian thought control movement, where those voices who would speak truth to power have been heard, and power’s responses have been parsed.”
David Doppler, site commenter

“Day after day, year after year, Mondoweiss documents the facts and expresses our movement’s ideas. And because the site has hard-earned credibility and millions of readers, Mondoweiss’s words are even more powerful than those of a private individual like myself. As advocates of Palestinian human rights, we need Mondoweiss for arguments, facts and insights, and to make the world see, listen and understand.”
Steven Salaita, scholar and victor in academic freedom battle

“Mondoweiss opens minds hearts & eyes”
michelle, site commenter

“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. Every contribution to Mondoweiss is vital in giving grassroots activists the information to speak knowledgeably and persuasively.”
Rebecca Vilkomerson, Executive Director of Jewish Voice for Peace

“The media prominence of Mondoweiss and its solid reputation has given our forum a huge significance that has accelerated change beyond our wildest dreams.”
Anonymous site commenter

“So happy you are here Mondoweiss! You provide much needed light on subjects that have been kept hidden and in the dark for too long. Thank you for the stories, the history, the sadness and even humor that is glaringly absent from the mainstream media.”
Marnie, site commenter

“Mondoweiss has been invaluable in keeping me and our entire activist community updated and invigorated. Mondoweiss’s editorial and investigative work lets readers around the world know what is happening in Israel/Palestine. The site’s continuing efforts are a critical part of the movement for change—for real, lasting justice in the Middle East.”
Cindy Corrie, activist and mother

“Mondoweiss is a great space to analyse the Zionist condition in all its dysfunction and to reaffirm that it is not going to last.”
seafoid, site commenter

“Mondoweiss has become an invaluable source of information on Palestine. Mondoweiss has stepped in when corporate media refuse or fail to cover stories of Israel’s denial of Palestinian freedom.”
—Diana Buttu, Ramallah-based analyst, former advisor to Palestinian negotiators

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  1. Annie Robbins
    December 31, 2015, 11:23 am

    seafoid? i miss seafoid.

    it was wonderful reading all these nice things people wrote. thanks to everybody supporting us.

  2. JWalters
    December 31, 2015, 5:53 pm

    “Phil Weiss decided to risk his journalistic career in order to tell the truth about destructive American policy in the Middle East”

    Some people risk their time and energy to make a pile of money. Phil risked his to fight for justice. Clearly the world needs more fighters for justice, especially with so many piles of money fighting against it.

    And thankfully some people with significant money also support the fight for justice. The world can be transformed, but not easily.

    Mondoweiss is a good example for the world.

  3. hophmi
    January 1, 2016, 9:50 pm

    Mondoweiss continues to be a shrill, angry, and thoroughly dishonest voice that defames American Jews on a regular basis, [..] stays silent on violence against Jews in Europe, one of the important human rights issues of our time. It has spawned a community of like-minded bigots, who continue to discredit the cause of human rights by taking up the cause of a people and region who don’t begin to practice them in any meaningful sense, while dumping on the one place in the region that does practice human rights. Today, ten years after the beginning of Mondoweiss, every premise on which the site is based has been thoroughly disproven. Of course, its central antisemitic conceit that Jews bore special responsibility for the Iraq War was never more than dog whistling in the first place. But its other conceit, that the Middle East’s pathology had something to do with the region’s only Jewish state is but a sad joke in an inflamed region where Sunni and Shia fight in a regional war that has nothing to do with Israel, the one stable state in the region, and everything to do with tribal strife that is hundreds of years old.

    • oldgeezer
      January 1, 2016, 10:38 pm

      States which arrest young children, torture them, carries out extra judicial executioms, targetted assassinations, privileges one ethnic group over others, has dozens of laws to ensure such privilege, denies basic human rights to millions of people under it’s control (while claiming their land), rtc, etc is not a state which practices human rights.

      Give your dishonest rants a rest.

      • echinococcus
        January 2, 2016, 4:24 pm

        Meanwhile, Master Hophmi starts another new verb: to *practice* human rights. And him a lawyer… pffft.

      • Annie Robbins
        January 2, 2016, 5:37 pm

        it’s quite telling how successful we’ve become when an ardent hasbrat for the bigoted apartheid state and all the oppression that comes along with that ugly package, whose spent years and years here battling the narratives in our comment section intending to tip the scales in the defense of the oppressors, is still here. he could be anywhere on the web, but he’s not. he’s right here posting thousands upon thousands of comments, most of them vile in nature and yet still he persists providing us with daily reminders why and how we’ve succeeded in influencing the american discourse on that little criminal state.

        hats off to you hops! you’re a recruitment tool for pro palestine activism as far as i am concerned. although if i had my druthers we wouldn’t have ardent rude bloviating defenders of ethnic nationalism in our comment threads littering up the place, but i’ve come to appreciate the upside. defending israel the way you do, is just so caustic — the voice, the ideas, everything. your arguments (most just amounting to insults) are so easy to shoot down day after day after day — like a said, a recruitment tool with the added benefit of reminding us how much we rock.

        so thanks! and see ya round in 2016, because we all know if there was a more effective place to battle it out on the web you’d be there instead. but, there just isn’t.

        ;)

      • Mooser
        January 2, 2016, 5:52 pm

        …although if i had my druthers…”

        You see what I mean about ‘going with what you got’?

        “Hophmi” at his finest: “The Phils Will Fall Away”

      • Annie Robbins
        January 2, 2016, 5:57 pm

        yep, lemonade out of lemons.

    • Kris
      January 1, 2016, 10:45 pm

      @hophmi: “((Mondoweiss)) has spawned a community of like-minded bigots, who continue to discredit the cause of human rights by taking up the cause of a people and region who don’t begin to practice them in any meaningful sense, while dumping on the one place in the region that does practice human rights.”

      Israel practices human rights? What do you mean, hophmi? We know that:

      Israel has many laws privileging Jews. http://www.counterpunch.org/2010/08/17/second-class-citizens/,

      Israel holds Palestinians and refugees in prisons without charges or trials for indeterminate periods of time. http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4682039,00.html , http://www.btselem.org/topic/administrative_detention,

      Israel practices collective punishment against the Palestinians. https://www.amnesty.org/en/documents/mde15/2633/2015/en/ ,

      Israel is an apartheid state. http://www.latimes.com/opinion/op-ed/la-oe-makdisi-israel-apartheid-20140518-story.html

      Israel is carrying out ethnic cleansing of the Palestinians and stealing Palestinian land. http://www.middleeasteye.net/essays/stealing-palestine-study-historical-and-cultural-theft-1001196809 , http://www.nytimes.com/2013/02/01/world/middleeast/un-panel-says-israeli-settlement-policy-violates-law.html?_r=0 , http://mondoweiss.net/2015/10/jerusalem-palestinian-settlement .

      This is enough to start with, though there are many, many more examples that cast doubt on your assertion that Israel “practices human rights.” Unless you meant to say that Israel practices abusing or violating human rights?

      It would be nice if you would provide links to evidence for the things that you claim, if there is any.

      • Mooser
        January 2, 2016, 1:17 pm

        “Kris” I somehow get the feeling that “Hophmi” wouldn’t object to Mondoweiss in part or in toto, if Mondo didn’t provide the space for him to do it.

      • MHughes976
        January 2, 2016, 2:09 pm

        I think that Mondoweiss is by no means a place of bigotry, but one where great efforts are made to respond to any argument that approaches being reasonable.
        Anyway, we confront an Israeli apologist who does not deny, it seems, that Israel actively limits the human rights of Palestinians but puts Palestinians into the category of those whose rights deserve to be limited. The normal members of this category are children, not voting, and criminals, losing liberty. This categorisation of Palestinians, these analogies, are extraordinarily insulting, in their own way inhuman. I wish to mention that they are not only that but also illogical.
        If people’s rights are rightfully limited it is either because they are in the hands of others who can be trusted to protect them or because there is an overwhelming public interest put into effect by those who represent the public. Nowhere do we with any semblance of right or reason put them into the hands of others whose personal or communal interests conflict with theirs and who have every intention of putting their own interests first.
        But that is what happens when Israel, a deeply self-interested party, sits in judgement on Palestinian rights (when it has no incentive to judge impartially!) and presumes to limit them. So yes, there are people around whose talk of human rights deserves discredit, but it isn’t us.

    • talknic
      January 2, 2016, 7:56 am

      @ hophmi “Mondoweiss continues to be a shrill, angry, and thoroughly dishonest voice that defames American Jews on a regular basis …. etc … etc …”

      What are you trying to say? If Mondoweiss were other than the picture you pathetically attempt to paint of it the Zionist Federation would not have decided to colonize Palestine in 1897? Or perhaps if Mondoweiss didn’t exist at all, Israel would suddenly start adhering to the law? End occupation? Stop dispossessing non-Jews?

      In complete contravention of the laws, UN Charter and GCs adopted in large part on the treatment of our Jewish fellows under the Nazis and long before Mondoweiss ever appeared on the scene, the Govt of Israel, the Jewish Agency and the Zionist Federation were purposefully and actively encouraging Jewish Israelis to illegally settle in non-Israeli territories, thereby endangering themselves and their families.

      Take your pathetic gripes to the people who caused and who continue to exacerbate the problem and who purposefully sacrifice naive Israeli Jews for the sake of the stupid notion of a Greater Israel

    • eljay
      January 2, 2016, 8:57 am

      || hophmi: Mondoweiss continues to be a shrill, angry, and thoroughly dishonest voice … ||

      Says a shrill, angry and thoroughly dishonest – and hateful and immoral – Zio-supremacist. Funny stuff! :-)

      || … violence against Jews in Europe, one of the important human rights issues of our time. … ||

      The other – and greater – human rights issue of our time is the decades of past and on-going violence committed by Zio-supremacist Jews against non-Jews in Israel and Palestine.

      I condemn all violence against Jews and all violence against non-Jews. I believe that all perpetrators of violence against Jews and non-Jews must be brought to justice and held accountable for their crimes.

      || … It has spawned a community of like-minded bigots who continue to discredit the cause of human rights by taking up the cause of a people and region who don’t begin to practice them in any meaningful sense, while dumping on the one place in the region that does practice human rights. … ||

      I advocate the universal and consistent application of justice, accountability and equality.

      You do not. Your Zio-supremacist co-collectivists do not. Your oppressive, colonialist, expansionist and religion-supremacist state does not. You are all hateful and immoral hypocrites.

    • Mooser
      January 2, 2016, 1:10 pm

      Mondoweiss continues…/… hundreds of years old.

      HOPHMI- BLOGGER IS FREE!!!!!!!!!!

      And you just wasted you perfect opening post! Why on earth would you leave a gelt-edged kvetch like that here? Why it could serve as a perfect introduction to a Mozart divertidemento!

      Oh wait, I know, you plan to sink Mondo with “bad hits” and NUPVs!

      • Mooser
        January 2, 2016, 5:21 pm

        “Hophmi” I am being unjust and selfish.
        How can I indict a man for using someone else’s blog, when he is in exile from his ancestral blog?
        I will open a blog this week, and, at your first comment will concede the utter defeat of my endeavor, and give you the ‘keys*’ I’ll call it “The Historical Homeland” (if I can get that name, we’ll see. Is there another name you would prefer?) and you could have posts from the rest of the ilk, too.

        * the administrative password, enabling you to post articles and moderate comments.

    • Keith
      January 2, 2016, 5:02 pm

      HOPHMI- “…and stays silent on violence against Jews in Europe, one of the important human rights issues of our time.”

      Only in your Zionist mind. Perhaps you should be more concerned with Jewish Zionist support for European neo-Nazis? About neocon warmonger Victoria Nuland and her strong support for Pravy Sektor and Svaboda thugs used to implement US warmongering strategy in the Ukraine? How about Ukrainian Jewish oligarch Ihor Kolomoyskyi who organized and funds these neo-Nazis, and is the person likely responsible for the Odessa massacre? There is a lot of blood on Jewish Zionist hands which is of no concern to you as you continue to practice knee-jerk Zionist solidarity.

      “The key person behind the May 2nd massacre inside Odessa’s Trade Unions Building appears to have been Ihor Kolomoyskyi” (Eric Zuesse) http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2014/05/key-man-behind-may-2nd-odessa-ukraine-trade-unions-building-massacre-many-connections-white-house.html

      • Annie Robbins
        January 2, 2016, 5:18 pm

        keith, i’m sure he meant ‘for jews, one of the most important human rights issues of our time’. otherwise it makes no sense at all.

      • Keith
        January 2, 2016, 6:21 pm

        ANNIE- “keith, i’m sure he meant ‘for jews, one of the most important human rights issues of our time’. otherwise it makes no sense at all.”

        Oh, it makes perfect sense to me. Hophmi is aggressively promoting the Zionist meme of never ending Jewish suffering at the hand of Gentiles, Arabs in particular. Always the victim, never the victimizer. An attempt to delegitimize any discussion of organized (Zionist) Jewish behavior and/or Jewish power. Never defend and justify, always attack, attack, attack.

    • RoHa
      January 2, 2016, 7:29 pm

      So you don’t agree with the idea that you can judge a man by the company he chooses?

      • Mooser
        January 3, 2016, 1:11 pm

        “So you don’t agree with the idea that you can judge a man by the company he chooses?”

        Well, I just hope my friends are never judged by that standard.

    • Citizen
      January 5, 2016, 2:21 pm

      @ hophmi

      Re: “Today, ten years after the beginning of Mondoweiss, every premise on which the site is based has been thoroughly disproven. Of course, its central antisemitic conceit that Jews bore special responsibility for the Iraq War was never more than dog whistling in the first place.”

      A short list of Jewish neocons who got us into Iraq War: http://hugequestions.com/Eric/TFC/FromOthers/list-of-neocons-for-Iraq-war.htm
      (Now push for war on Iran & Syria)

  4. gamal
    January 2, 2016, 6:18 pm

    “Almost ten years ago, Mondoweiss was born when Phil Weiss decided to risk his journalistic career in order to tell the truth about destructive American policy in the Middle East—and its horrific human costs.”

    Respect, also I couldnt but notice when watching Mr. Weiss’ amazing interview with Ghada, that he has very big man hands, with which i should not like to be hooked in the head with, thus really respect Mr. Weiss.

    also Annie

    “the added benefit of reminding us how much we rock.”

    ok a cold shower wont cut it i am jumping in the frozen river Ilen.

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