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2010 Mondo Awards Entries

Entry 11: For taking the profit out of occupation– Dalit Baum and Merav Amir

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This is Entry 11 in the Mondo Awards end-of-year contest. As the Campaign Manager for CODEPINK’s Stolen Beauty Ahava Boycott Campaign, I had been working with Dalit Baum and Merav Amir, the lead researchers of Who Profits (a project of the Israeli Coalition of Women for Peace) for over a year and a half via […]

Entry 10: For the indomitable people of al-Araqib

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Entry 10 in the Mondo Awards end-of-year contest are the people of al-Araqib. It was 6 a.m. when the Israeli police invaded al-Araqib for the third time. Still half-asleep, I stood alongside village residents and Israeli and international activists, trying in vain to stop the impending home demolitions. Thin tarps were ripped from wooden beams, […]

Entry 9: ‘Sabra Song’

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Entry 9 in the Mondo Awards end-of-year contest. Sung to the tune, Darling Clementine In a tavern with my companion Excavating for some wine Found my hummus implicated In the suffering in Palestine … Humiliation of a nation By brigades who have free rein Soldiers supported by Sabra Hummus chant “We are Golani, we are […]

Entry 8: Gaza, then and now

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Entry 8 in the Mondo Awards end-of-year contest. Year before last, I was sitting in the living room of my childhood home sharing a cup of morning coffee with my mother and musing over the holidays. We laughed over kitschy Christmas gifts from well-meaning relatives before deciding to turn on the news for five minutes […]

Entry 7: I nominate Adalah-NY

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Entry 7 in the Mondo Awards end-of-year contest. This contest helps us remember how intertwined we all are, all the many pieces and members of the movement that are moving all the time–in Palestine, in Israel, in the U.S., in the rest of the world, and how we are all building it together. And just […]

Entry 6: The land, the gun, the olive tree

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By Sameeha Elwan In Memory of Nakba He closed his eyes when the smell of the thyme found its way to the deepest memory his mind is still tirelessly clinging to. He opened them with a persistence to inhale as much of the smell as he can. Something that would help him live on the […]

Entry 5: Zionism’s call to me– and my answer

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by David Samel In one sense, I owe my life to Zionism. My parents met in a Zionist youth group in New York in 1946. As a boy, I naturally absorbed the prevailing view portraying Israel as a lonely outpost of Jewish modernism heroically fighting for its very existence in a sea of irrational Arab […]

Entry 4: My first trip to Palestine

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by Morgan Bach My first trip to Palestine has left me discouraged, confused, and at times just seething mad, but somewhere in the last two days I found the thread in my jumble of thoughts, my take-away, my inspiration. It lies in my evolving understanding of resistance in Palestine. When I arrived, I only knew […]

Entry 3: Hedy Epstein, an inspiration (and star of Egypt)

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Nominated by Sandra Tamari: Hedy Epstein, 85-year old Holocaust survivor and tireless champion for Palestinian rights, traveled to Cairo in December 2009 to participate in the Gaza Freedom March. This was her third attempt to visit Gaza and break the siege. She has visited the West Bank several times since 2003 and tried to board […]

Entry 2: Year of the Flash Mob

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Nominated by Rae Abileah and Colleen Kelly: We in Generation Y (children of the ‘80s and younger) have been known to express a desire to try something new, beyond the looping renditions of “Give Peace a Chance” and marchers carrying the same flowery peace signs at anti-war rallies of past movements. We have been eager […]

Entry 1: ‘I loved you once, I love you now anyway’

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By Morad Fareed I loved you once, I love you now anyway We danced at a wedding once. It wasn’t always around flags on fire. Palestine is Iraq is New Orleans. Loss breeds ire. ……..