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2010 Mondo Awards Entries

Inspire us! Mondo Awards 2011, a call for entries

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An international demonstrator finds inspiration, in Bil’in Here we are in our new Mondoweiss digs but some things are staying the same, the Mondo Awards are back for a second season! We know some of you have been preparing all year (snark), but seriously, we had a blast last year and we are all excited

Top Prize Mondo Award Winner, Gaza Series: ‘From Beneath’

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This morning we’re rolling out two more Mondo Awards for inspiring work published over the new year 2 months back. Today we feature two young writers from Gaza who wrote for our Gaza series, Gaza Two Years Later. Rawan Yaghi’s piece first ran on this site in early January. Rawan and Mohammed will each get

Entry 34: As a Christian and idealist, I nominate George Khoury of Sabeel

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Entry 34 in the Mondo Awards end-of-the-year Inspire-us contest is a nomination of George Khoury, board member of Sabeel. Palestinian Christian George Khoury said he has gone through a “hell of a history.” When he was 6 years old, he suffered during the 1948 Nakba, or catastrophe, in which close to a million Palestinians were

Entry 33: The spirit of resistance

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Entry 33 in the Mondo Awards end-of-the-year Inspire-us contest is a poem by a regular commenter at this site, yourstruly. where and when did it begin? on the plains of east africa in the middle pleistocene? or was it only ten thousand or so years ago? that first agrarian community? where someone somehow was taken

Entry 32: ‘The Prison Called Gaza,’ a play

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Entry 32 in the Mondo Awards end-of-the-year Inspire-us contest is a play. We have included some of the author’s stage directions and notes to self. CAST OF 6….ALL GAZANS GRANDMOTHER….AGE UNDETERMEND….70? ABDUL…AGE 40 WIFE OF ABDUL..AGE

Entry 31: I nominate Furkan Dogan, inspired by Gaza

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Entry 31 in the Mondo Awards end-of-the-year Inspire-us contest is a nomination of Furkan Dogan, an American-Turkish citizen killed on the Mavi Marmara on Mary 31, 2010. The author, who lives in Turkey, wishes to use only his first name. Gaza can horrify, sadden and anger people. More than a million people – including more

Entry 30: Haiku for Hanin

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Entry 30 in the Mondo Awards end-of-the-year Inspire-us contest is a nomination of Hanin Zoabi, a member of the Israeli Knesset.  Hanin Zoabi braved the waters of Gaza and of the Knesset

Entry 29: What do you do/if you are a Jew

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Entry 29 in the Mondo Awards end-of-year Inspire-us contest was read aloud by the author (left) at the celebration of International Day of Peace on September 21, 2010 at the Peace and Social Justice Center of South Central Kansas (photo by Nathan Patrick).  What do you do if you are a Jew who doesn’t believe

Entry 28: I nominate Aya Kaniuk and Tamar Goldschmidt

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Entry 28 in the Mondo Awardsend-of-year Inspire-us contest is the nomination by Hazel Kahan of Aya Kaniuk and Tamar Goldschmidt: I must bring to your attention Aya and Tamar, the two brave, stalwart, indefatigable Israeli women of Mahsanmilim who report from the checkpoints using the written word and “no comment” videos (available on their website).

Entry 27: Motherhood in Palestine

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This is Entry 27 in the Mondo Awards end-of-year Inspire-us contest. The author gives her bio at the bottom. Just because I cannot keep My child away From the battlefield Outside our door

Entry 26: Gaza Riviera

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This is Entry 26 in the Mondo Awards end-of-year Inspire-us contest. The author also wrote our first Entry. Gaza-ing through the bullet-lit sky I wonder why I ignored the cries from this place Where my feet now stand Where even waste lays waste I fertilize hope So my son may get her face I lean

Entry 25: Haiku for Rebecca

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This is Entry 25 in the Mondo Awards end-of-year Inspire-us contest. R. Vilkomerson has worked steadily to bring BDS to lif

Entry 24: Who is a Jew? Who is not a Jew?

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This is Entry 24 in the Mondo Awards end-of-year Inspire-us contest. According to the Israeli chief rabbinate, a Jew is a person known to be a Jew. They apply the reasoning that errs on the side of “putting a fence around Torah”, meaning to not risk any assimilation of foreign thought, tradition, that could dissolve

Entry 23: I nominate Mustafa, Zochrot, Emily, Norman…

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This is Entry 23 in the Mondo Awards end-of-year Inspire-us contest. The author nominates several: Mustafa Barghouti for his secularism, common sense and for standing up for ordinary Palestinians. Because he knows what is right and that his people deserve more than either Israel, Hamas or Fatah have to offer. Zochrot for starting on the

Entry 22: Deborah Fink of J-BIG

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This is Entry 22 in the Mondo Awards end-of-year Inspire-us contest. The author is secretary of Americans AGAINST Apartheid UK We would like to nominate our personal hero, Deborah Fink, a UK activist (as well as a talented soprano and cabaret artist) from London, a dynamo of activism who has inspired me, as well as

Entry 20: Am I a Jew?

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This is Entry 20 in the Mondo Awards end-of-year Inspire-us contest. In 1994 a man wrote me asking if I was a Jew. My answer was, I do not adhere to the Judaic religion, observe Jewish rituals or live in a community of Jews. Therefore I do not consider myself a Jew. Sensing from the

Entry 19: Israel, an Elegy

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This is Entry 19 in the Mondo Awards end-of-year Inspire-us contest. The writer has asked to use only one name. I live in the US now, a country I threw my lot with well over 30 years ago. Though I lived in several towns and moved between two states, I feel strangely rooted – as

Entry 18: Why I argued with the ambassador

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This is Entry 18 in the Mondo Awards end-of-year Inspire-us contest. When I was a freshman in high school, I decided it would be a good idea to start an argument with Israel’s ambassador to Korea. For some reason, when I heard that a government official from Israel was visiting my school for career day,

Entry 17: Peggy Gish and her late husband Art Gish– they walk the talk

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This is Entry 17 in the Mondo Awards end-of-year Inspire-us contest. Over thirty years ago Art and Peggy Gish started standing in the front of the Athens Ohio County Court House on every Monday. They began this tradition with a focus on peace and justice in the middle east. Art and Peggy would stand with

Entry 16: With thunderous resolution and intention, I say I am ‘Mizrahi’!

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This is Entry 16 in the Mondo Awards end-of-year Inspire-us contest. On the last day of my recent trip to Israel/Palestine, the question I dreaded most finally came and I think I was finally ready to engage it. “What exactly were you doing here for so long?” my father’s side of the family asked in

Entry 15: The day Mahmoud Darwish asked for my hand in marriage

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This is Entry 15 in the Mondo Awards end-of-year Inspire-us contest. Taxi is a pseudonym for a regular commenter on this site.   Perhaps it is time to confess I really am a female despite my use of the blogname ‘Taxi’ and my affected tomboy style of writing. And yes, my smiling-astonished folks, the above

Entry 14: Mad props to the proud young Jews who heckled Netanyahu

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This is Entry 14 in the Mondo Awards end-of-year Inspire-us contest. It is a nomination of five young Jews who heckled Netanyahu last month. Monday morning, November 8, 2010. I turned on my computer and checked my email. A message in my inbox said, “JVP Live at the Jewish General Assembly: Watch NOW!” The body

Entry 13: This is the article I am sick of reading

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This is Entry 13 in the Mondo Awards end-of-year Inspire-us contest. Rick Burgess first posted this piece on his site on the day of the flotilla attack last spring. This is the article I am sick of reading. This is the article that will voice a reaction to the flotilla attack. It will detail a

Entry 12: For Norman Finkelstein– A conversion story

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This is Entry 12 in the Mondo Awards end-of-year Inspire-us contest. A regular commenter at this site, occupyresist, asks that we preserve her anonymity, and she nominates scholar-author Norman G. Finkelstein. I was wrapping up a degree in Chicago. My then-husband had run off back to Saudi Arabia and left me to deal with everything,