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Reporting/Resistance: Highlights from Mondoweiss, 2016

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As the year draws to a close, we at Mondoweiss are proud to offer a collection of many of the most compelling stories and videos we published in 2016. We are grateful to the individuals who provided us with these reports, videos and analysis, and we look to you and them to grow our capacity […]

A remarkable and dangerous paradox: Why we must invest in more Mondoweiss today

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Activist Bill Fletcher, Jr., says “It’s easy to assume that someone else is giving the funds needed for organizations like Mondoweiss to survive, and to assume that survival is enough. But if we want to expand their influence for real change, it will take resources. Our opponents understand this, and they understand it very well. Knowing the pathbreaking, exceptional work of Mondoweiss, I cannot imagine letting it get to the precipice before contributing—and so I give regularly.”

What Mondoweiss Means To Me

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In December 2014 Mondoweiss ran a fundraising campaign “What Mondoweiss Means To Me” which highlighted statements from leaders in Palestine solidarity movement and everyday readers of the website about what it means to them. Here is a collection of the statements that we published.

Our Year-End Campaign: What Mondoweiss Means To Me

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Dear Mondoweiss readers: we are asking for your help to raise $60,000 by December 31. Over the next few weeks, as we ask you to contribute financially to our success and growth, we’ll be publishing their statements in a series: “What Mondoweiss Means To Me.” Please donate, and tell us what Mondoweiss means to you.

About Mondoweiss

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Mondoweiss is a news website devoted to covering American foreign policy in the Middle East, chiefly from a progressive Jewish perspective.

Happy new year from Mondoweiss

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Thank you for another wonderful year of Mondoweiss. In what has become somewhat of a yearly tradition around these parts, here is a rundown of some of our site stats from the past year.

Siun and Philip Munger say FDL has offered a platform for criticism of Israel

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My post yesterday on Firedoglake suppressing criticism of Israel has hit a nerve; even neocon Eli Lake has commented on it. I’m going to respond later but in the meantime, I wanted to post two sharply-critical comments that we’ve received from two longtime contributors to FDL, the blogger Siun and the composer Philip Munger. Their […]

Rosen/Weissman case may go away, but the issue of influence won’t

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A couple thoughts on today’s news, the Justice Department’s move to drop its case against two former Israel lobbyists on espionage-related charges. –It’s common in the press to argue that the indicted lobbyists Steve Rosen and Keith Weissman, then of…

Jared Kushner fired me over Israel ten years ago

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Trump has named son-in-law Jared Kushner a senior adviser on Middle East issues. I doubt Kushner, who comes from a Zionist family, has the worldliness necessary to achieving anything in that area. Kushner fired me ten years ago after I started reporting on the Israeli occupation.

The BDS Movement at 10: An interview with Omar Barghouti

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Mondoweiss co-editors Adam Horowitz and Philip Weiss talk with Palestinian human rights activist and co-founder of the BDS movement Omar Barghouti on the tenth anniversary of the Palestinian call for boycott, divestment and sanctions again Israel.

Nine reasons Israel is not a ‘progressive paradise’

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In an attempt to salvage liberal Democrats view of Israel AIPAC made a point to reach out to progressives. As part of this effort during the lobby group’s annual conference, former Democratic Governor of Michigan Jennifer Granholm made the case that Israel is a “progressive paradise.” Hamzah Raza writes that Granhold’s Israel fable is contrary to realities on the ground, and in response offers a list of nine reasons why Israel is actually just the opposite of what Granhold claims.

Top Israeli official admits that boycotting just the settlements is meaningless

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Ron Brummer from Israel’s Ministry of Strategic Affairs and Hasbara, recently confirmed that there is no separate economic system for Israel inside the occupation and outside it. “If you want to divest from the West Bank… you have to divest from Israel.” This is clarifying. Liberal Zionists who have supported settlement boycotts only need to choose sides. Are they for freedom or apartheid?

My journey away from Zionism

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Gideon Levy has described Zionism as “Israel’s fundamentalist religion.” But what happens to those Israelis who reject it? Jonathan Ofir describes his journey away from Zionism, and the societal exclusion that befalls those who drift away from the ethos.

The problem with Miko Peled’s ‘Holocaust: yes or no’

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Miko Peled’s suggestion at a British Labour conference that “Holocaust: yes or no” should be open to debate, has thrown raw meat to Holocaust deniers as well as Israel apologists. Even as he says that Zionism should not be debated.

American Jews have a right to resist Israel as Jews

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Yossi Gurvitz wrote that when American Jews seek to influence Israel as Jews they are reinforcing the illiberal ethnocratic nature of the state. Jonathan Ofir disagrees and says it is possible to engage with Israel as both Jewish and a liberal.

They Fear The Truth. We Report It.

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Bullying, prison, violence, exile. As Omar Barghouti wrote in Mondoweiss in April, “The latest savage, even irrational, attacks on our movement indicate, more than anything else, that we are indeed prevailing.” Starting in June 2017, in the series “They fear the truth–we report it,” Mondoweiss is sharing the experiences of journalists and activists working in Palestine […]