Last March, Pew Research released the results of a public opinion poll in Israel, including the disturbing finding that nearly half of Israeli Jews believe Arabs should be expelled from Israel. I’ve monitored American media coverage of Arabs for decades, so I immediately looked at the New York Times to see if they managed to report fairly on these survey results.
Unfortunately, in Isabel Kershner’s article in the Times the straight reporting was overwhelmed by tortured apologia and post-truth obfuscation. Thanks to Mondoweiss, I was able to publish for American audiences my analysis of the methods by which Kershner twisted the story to downplay and excuse mounting racism in Israel.
Since the 1970s, I’ve been involved with advocacy for Palestinian human rights and have sought to inform the discourse in the United States about Palestinians and other Arab concerns. I was a founding member and leader of the Palestine Human Rights Campaign, co-founded the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee, and founded the Arab American Institute, which I continue to serve today as president. Through my weekly column and TV program, I’ve also worked to help people across the Arab World understand the dynamics of American political culture. And just this past summer I served on the Democratic Party Platform committee where I saw firsthand how Palestinian rights are entering the mainstream political discourse.
It hasn’t always been easy. My colleagues and I have been targeted by death threats, not to mention ostracism and mud-slinging. So I know what it takes for Mondoweiss to persist in publishing ground-breaking analysis and corrective journalism in the face of hatred, scorn and discrediting. I appreciate Mondoweiss as a vital source of truth, and I have contributed to sustain and grow the site’s valuable work.
I’m writing now to urge all of you who care about righting the record to join me in keeping Mondoweiss on the job.
I’m pleased that I was able to share my own perspective through Mondoweiss this year, and I’ve been impressed with their other hard-hitting pieces deconstructing the assumptions and propaganda fed to the public by mainstream media. Just since March, Mondoweiss has published several excellent explanations of how the New York Times, National Public Radio and the Atlantic magazine promote and perpetuate a dishonest framework that denies the humanity of Palestinians. Check out mondoweiss.net/ReportResist for highlights of 2016.
And going back beyond this year, Mondoweiss has provided valuable perspective and corrections—as well as plaudits where appropriate—to mainstream outlets including the Guardian, CNN, MSNBC, CBS, and BBC. No other news source provides so large an audience with such regular, consistently excellent coverage of how the mainstream media all too often whitewashes and/or distorts news about Israel and Palestine.
Thank you, Mondoweiss. And please — all of you who benefit, as I do, from this relentless effort — join me in giving today. Let’s keep the momentum growing to shift public understanding.