HERE’S A GLIMPSE of life inside Israeli society—a culture that tolerates no dissent. A few years ago I taught a course at an engineering college in central Israel. The content was entirely technical, so of course politics never came up. But one week, I noticed that very few students showed up. And one who did come was flaunting an army beret—unusual for someone out of uniform.
Then, they stopped coming entirely. And when my student feedback came in after the term, one student was bold enough to write “This guy is against Israel, so I stopped going to class.”
This kind of ostracism is standard for Israeli citizens who realize that our regime practices colonialism, apartheid and even a slow genocide (Gaza). And the sense of utter isolation is why I’m writing to urge your support of Mondoweiss today.
The anti-apartheid camp in Israel is simply way too small. So we desperately need to communicate with the outside world. And for those who seek justice and full equality in Palestine/Israel, Mondoweiss empowers via information, commentary and action alerts.
In recent years, mainstream Israeli media has become more active in targeting specific Israeli dissidents and labeling them as “enemies of the people.” For example, the powerful news outlet Yedioth Aharonoth has been waging a crusade against BDS. They even partnered last year with the Israeli government to organize an international anti-BDS propaganda conference. Conference speakers threatened the BDS movement and Israelis who support it.
Or take actress Einat Weizman, who supports BDS and the Balad party. She has been vilified by Israeli politicians, and blacklisted by Israel’s leading, oh-so-tolerant and liberal theaters. In attempting to counter such orchestrated hate-campaigns, dissidents like me depend on Mondoweiss.
Mondoweiss has also provided valuable coverage of hasbara, the techniques Israel and its supporters use to try to control public discourse. From the anti-Semitism card, to Whataboutery (“What about Syria? What about China? Why pick on Israel?”), to seemingly nuanced liberal Zionist shtick (“It’s complicated”), we are up against attempts to silence meaningful conversation on Palestine/Israel.
Mondoweiss has helped activists challenge important purveyors of liberal-Zionist ideology. Ha’aretz, for example, is revered for its columnists Gideon Levy and Amira Hass, but its editorial line has never endorsed full equality for the Palestinian people. Ha’aretz doesn’t cover Israel’s small anti-apartheid movement, to avoid being associated with the “delirious left”—a pejorative used even by liberal Zionists against advocates of full equality. And Ha’aretz consistently applies the toxic, defamatory label “terrorist” to Palestinians who attack armed Israeli forces in occupied territory.
Mondoweiss has facilitated an iconoclastic conversation on Palestine, Israel and Zionism. Mondoweiss has made it possible to discuss the Israel lobby in a serious manner, separating odious “Rothschild bankers” conspiracy theories from real facts about Zionist Jewish (and Christian!) forces in US politics.
Mondoweiss has given a stage to essential Palestinian voices. Mondoweiss has helped change the conversation in America. In short, Mondoweiss’s reporting is making a difference. Please join me in supporting Mondoweiss.