A Thousand Voices for Truth. Add Yours!

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When I started working with Mondoweiss in 2008 we had two writers—Phil Weiss and me.

Today, Mondoweiss has more than 1,000 contributors sharing the facts from Palestine and Israel: A Thousand Voices for Truth. We are rejoicing at our community’s size and strength, and we’re working to raise $160,000 by year-end to keep the growth going. I’m writing to ask you to celebrate with us—to contribute to help us make our goal.

Donate buttonDo you remember the first meetings you attended to work with others for Palestinian rights? I first became involved in Palestine solidarity during the second intifada in 2000. I vividly remember sitting in a small living room with a few friends, strategizing how to challenge American hostility and indifference toward Palestinians. Some of you, I know, had been fighting for decades already in 2000—but you too, I imagine, went to your share of tiny, intimate gatherings.

And just as vivid is the memory of how isolated and beleaguered we felt. We were fervent advocates for justice, eager to change minds, but it was hard to see a path to those changes.

It’s 2017, and while horrors greet us every day in the news, one thing has visibly improved: the meetings of people committed to justice in Palestine can’t fit in living rooms anymore. We over-flow large lecture halls! And we show up at legislatures, universities, on the op-ed pages and in the streets with increasing strength and frequency. And last month Mondoweiss reported on the first bill for Palestinian rights ever introduced in the U.S. Congress. Long overdue—but real progress.

Credit for our movement’s growth goes to many heroes, over many years. Let me ask you: have you seen the impact of Mondoweiss in that growth?

Phil Weiss started writing impassioned, thoughtful critiques of U.S. foreign policy and the price it exacted from Palestinians back in 2006. And he didn’t stop at just expressing his own thoughts—he sought out experts, talented neophytes, and those steeped in the issue. Today, almost twelve years later, Mondoweiss provides an intellectual home for more than 1,000 writers, artists, scholars and activists. We are so very proud to spread the messages of voices like yours: A Thousand Voices for Truth!

Take Richard Falk, former United Nations Special Rapporteur on Palestinian human rights, whose insights Mondoweiss has published many times. Professor Falk, one of our Voices for Truth, says

Mondoweiss has become the one indispensable source of “real news” about the Palestinian ordeal. It is a matter of urgency to have the information and analysis needed to offset the defamatory campaigns of ultra-Zionist activists and the Israeli Lobby.

Activist Cindy Corrie has also described why she values Mondoweiss:

Mondoweiss is a critical part of the movement for real, lasting justice in the Middle East. What I learn at Mondoweiss strengthens my own activism and keeps me connected to the work that so many others are doing. I’m particularly grateful for Mondoweiss’s coverage informing people worldwide about the role of Israeli courts in whitewashing IDF culpability for my daughter Rachel’s death.

For me, supporting Mondoweiss is a practical way to work for human rights. Please join me to ensure we keep seeing essential news about the violence and brutality visited upon Palestinians, and the struggle against it.

I know that those of you who have donated to sustain the work in the past appreciate the importance of truth-telling about Palestine. Let me remind you of some key stories shared by Mondoweiss in just the past few months:

If any of these stories spoke to you—if you shared stories like these to advance the cause of human rights in Palestine—we ask that you give today to keep Mondoweiss going strong.

A group of loyal donors has come together this month to challenge you and the rest of Mondoweiss’s community. They have committed to giving $60,000 if we can raise $100,000 by December 31. That will only be possible with your help. Your gift can get Mondoweiss more than half again as much if we receive your pledge by year-end. Please donate today.

Small gatherings for grand planning are still a key part of our movement—the days of sharing baba ghanoush while developing talking points are certainly not gone. But today, through Mondoweiss and its counterparts, we have a thousand voices reaching many, many thousands more. I hope you will join our challenge donors and hundreds of others in supporting the work now. It cannot be done without you—and with you, it can grow by leaps and bounds.

Adam

P.S. Growth from one voice to a thousand doesn’t just happen. It is possible only with smart planning and the needed resources. Please invest in Mondoweiss to enable more truth-telling for justice in Palestine.

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Adam Horowitz is Co-Editor of Mondoweiss.net.

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6 Responses

  1. JosephA
    December 13, 2017, 4:47 pm

    Keep up the good work. Your call to action worked for me.

  2. Tova Perlmutter
    December 14, 2017, 10:44 am

    Thanks, Joseph! We appreciate your support and it truly makes a difference.

  3. Emet
    December 14, 2017, 1:06 pm

    Adam, you can be really proud. Izz ad-Din al-Qassam, the armed brigade of Hamas has a twitter account. They are following two accounts, and you guessed right, one is Mondoweiss. Your mother will surely be proud of you as well. Not a doctor, not a lawyer, but an Israel basher. Well done, you must be doing something right. And there are plenty of funds going around in this department. Puts bread on the table, right?

    • just
      December 14, 2017, 6:14 pm

      “Your mother will surely be proud of you as well. Not a doctor, not a lawyer, but an Israel basher. Well done, you must be doing something right”

      He certainly is doing something right~ he’s faced the truth about Zionism and Israel and continues to spread the truth far and wide to those whose eyes and ears are not slammed shut by hasbara.

      What about you, Emet? Your muter aun foter must be so proud of the ziotroll that they produced, Emet. Mazel Tov! Are you a “doctor ” and/or “a lawyer”? From whence do you gain your money?

    • Mooser
      December 14, 2017, 7:14 pm

      “Your mother will…/…right?”

      “Emetic”, this is positively sickening. You have no right to ruin Adam’s holidays. Oh, I hope they cut that comment out of Adam’s copy of today’s Mondo! Mention of his Mom went directly to his solar-puppick. It’s a Honda for the family, cause we can’t afford a BMW.

    • Talkback
      December 15, 2017, 4:34 am

      Well Emet. Here is some info on Hamas for you.
      http://imemc.org/article/dr-ibrahim-al-yazouri-we-made-clear-the-difference-between-zionists-and-jews/

      “We established Hamas to fight the Israeli occupation, which invaded our country, Palestine, displaced us, demolished our villages and cities, massacred us and occupied our homes.”

      Seems noble, doesn’t it? Wouldn’t you fight an occupation which invaded your country, displaced you, demolished your villages and cities, massacred you and occupied your homes? You would, wouldn’t you? And you would rightly call THIS “defense” and not the mentioned atrocities and crimes against humanity commited by Zionist invaders.

      “[We fight Israel, because] it occupied our land, killed many of us before, during and after the 1940s and expelled us from our homes.”

      Understandable isn’t it? You would do the same, wouldn’t you?

      “The Israelis, or let me say the Zionists, are those who occupy our land and who violate our rights. Those who are still committing atrocities against us. The Jews are followers of a religion that we respect. We are not hostile to Jews per se, wherever they are, but we are hostile towards the Zionists, whether they are Jews or not, because of their attachment to Zionism, which is not Judaism.”

      Fair enough. It’s not against Jews as such, but against those Jews who commit atrocities and crimes against humanity against the Palestinians. You would do the same, wouldn’t you?

      “Question: If one day you have liberated Palestine, would you allow the Jews to live with you?

      Answer: Of course, we would allow them to live with us even if there were millions of them. We do not have any problems with the Jews. If you look back at history, Jews lived relatively prosperous lives under Islamic rule whenever and wherever it was.

      Before the Zionist occupation of Palestine, a lot of Jews lived with the Palestinians in our land as they are now living with the Arabs and Muslims in other countries.”

      Who knew? Contrary to the Zionist Apartheid Junta Hamas doesn’t want and need to massacre, dispossess, disenfranchise or denationalize anyone. And I always thought they were racist scumbags, too.

      At last but not least:
      “Hamas has never thought, and never will, about targeting people who do not raise guns against the Palestinian people. At one point, though, Israeli aggression against the Palestinians increased and reached an unbearable degree. At the same time, the security cooperation between the Israelis and the Palestinian Authority undermined all resistance efforts. It was as a direct result of this that the Hamas military wing carried out these kinds of bombings in an attempt to deter Israeli aggression against the Palestinians.

      However, the Israeli occupation does not care about civilians. We do not use its combat rules. It is not just us, but also the rest of the world, who know that Israel was founded on the bodies of Palestinian civilians and that it has never stopped targeting civilians. Despite this, we do not follow its example in our resistance to its military occupation.

      Today, as we have other effective resistance means, we do not use such bombings. It was a stage in our past and we have moved on.”

      Now what do you think about that? And let me tell you that Hamas offered Israel a couple of times to stop targeting civilians on both sides, but Israel refused to accept this. That’s understandable too. No violence, no settler colonialism. We all know that the Zionist eternal goal to conquer all Palestine could have never been achived by peaceful means without the consent of the population. Zionism is not only inherently settler colonialism and racism: It’s inherently violence and terrorism against civilians, too. And you know it, no matter how much you and your beloved Apartheid Junta need/s to spin it.

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