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Where do we go from here? Our thoughts & yours on the US election

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Left: text exchange between Phil Weiss and Adam Horowitz on election night. Right and below: comments from readers.

Please tell us your reaction to Donald Trump’s election victory and your suggestions for how Palestinian justice work in general, and Mondoweiss’s journalism in particular, should regroup and move forward. Even though the implications for US foreign policy are not yet clear, the immediate outpouring of racist and Islamophobic rage across the country would seem to confirm our worst fears. Here at Mondoweiss we are starting to understand what this will mean for our work and how we must change accordingly. As always our focus will be on documenting, analyzing and challenging the ongoing Israeli dispossession of the Palestinian people. But one immediate change following the election is that we plan to expand our coverage of the racism and violence here in the U.S. that is finding political expression and power through the Trump victory.

Not just financial support but inspiration: your role in advancing Mondoweiss

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When we started our mid-year fundraising campaign a few weeks ago, we asked you, our readers, to guide us on whether to keep growing, and how fast. Your response has been a resounding endorsement—more gifts, in a shorter period, than we anticipated. And readers have sent not just financial support but inspiration. In our last message in the current campaign, and we hope that any of you who have put off giving will take action now. We can’t offer not to ask for donations again in the future, because they are the lifeblood that keeps the site functioning. But we can say that every gift, large or small, is truly appreciated and makes a difference in our ability to deliver more information to more people.

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

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Mondoweiss coverage of student government elections in the West Bank is just one example of reporting you can't find anywhere else. (Photo: Abed Al Qaisi)

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.”

How much should we push to change US policy towards Israel? Your contribution will decide.

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As examples from our recent work show, Mondoweiss consistently, relentlessly and broadly covers United States attitudes toward Israel/Palestine. The last two weeks of American politics show that our work is needed more than ever. In our current fundraising campaign we have asked you to show us through your donations How Much Truth is needed. Please invest today to enable Mondoweiss to push even harder for change.

New directions to grow Mondoweiss’s impact: Which will you invest in?

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In our recent survey, Mondoweiss readers told us you want to understand better why we need donations. So today’s campaign message outlines our top priorities for growth—identified through strategic planning and with input from our readers. Your donations are the only way we can sustain the current work, and are even more essential if you agree with us that more truth-telling to more people is urgently needed.

Let’s change the world by funding our movement: Invest in truth today

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June 15 demonstration at the New York State House in Albany. Photo by Alice Brody.

Prominent activist Nadia Hijab writes: Join me in supporting Mondoweiss because we need it to be a thriving and growing organization – just like we need all the organizations in our movement that support freedom, justice, and equality. We cannot and will not succeed without organizations that have the capacity to launch new and promising ventures to push for justice harder and faster, and who can achieve demonstrable and measurable change in the United States, one of the toughest arenas in the struggle for rights.

How your contributions power Mondoweiss journalism

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Photos of Jehad Shuheibar (10), Afnan Shuheibar (8) , and Wassim Shuheibar (9 ), amid fragments of the missile that killed them July 17, 2014. (Photo: Anne Paq)

Thanks to support from thousands of people, Mondoweiss today is a vital media outlet that informs hundreds of thousands of people around the globe. We are at a turning point to become so much more. Our sources of funding are very limited, so we depend on individual donors like you. We believe that we are effective stewards of your investment—read on to judge for yourself how we spend readers’ funds to advance our work for the movement.

Your support today determines: How much truth?

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Pupils in the village of Khirbet Tana. Still from video by Sheren Khalel and Abed Al Qaisi.

Changing public policy for freedom and justice in Palestine requires more people seeing what the mainstream media blacks out. If you agree that change is urgently needed—and that truth-telling journalism is a necessary tool to get to that change—please help increase Mondoweiss’s impact.

Letters to Hillary

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Susie Day imagines a series of satirical letters from Hillary Clinton’s most ardent admirer: “As Senator, you masterfully voted for the war in Iraq, and have for years expertly supported just about every U.S. military intervention – without losing an ounce of your femininity. As Secretary of State, you deftly orchestrated the bombing of Libya. And when Muammar Gaddafi died, sodomized with a bayonet blade, you wittily quipped on TV news: “We came, we saw, he died.” You even got the State Department to approve $165 billion worth of commercial arms sales to 20 nations whose governments gave big bucks to the Clinton Foundation. Take THAT, sexism!”

The Results Are In: What we learned from the Mondoweiss Reader Survey

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Mondoweiss’s recent reader survey taught us a lot about our readers – who you are, what you like and don’t like about our work, and what you are hoping for in the future. We had over 1,000 surveys completed during the three weeks the survey was live! We are grateful to all who took the time to respond to the survey, and we present here some highlights of the information and insights we received.

One Week Left In Mondoweiss Reader Survey: Please Participate

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One week left to participate in Mondoweiss’s current reader survey! Please join hundreds of others and help shape our work by giving your views on the site’s content, the ease and value of sharing it, and how we finance the work. We’re very grateful for your time and effort, and as a thank-you we’ll do one more drawing next week for three people to receive a copy of Mondoweiss’s new print publication.

Tidbits from Reader Survey: Please Add Your Ideas To The Mix

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We’ve received hundreds of responses to Mondoweiss’s current reader survey, still open for two more weeks. Please join those helping us and have your say on the site’s content, the ease and value of sharing it, and how we finance the work. We’re very grateful for your time and effort in providing feedback. And remember, respondents can choose to be entered into a weekly drawing for a copy of Mondoweiss’s new print publication.

Update on Reader Survey: A Treasure Trove of Ideas!

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It’s been less than 60 hours since we launched a Mondoweiss reader survey, and over 400 people have shared feedback with us. Wow! Our original goal was 1,000 responses but given the quantity and quality of thoughtful input we now are hoping for 4,000-5,000 total. Each Friday we’ll draw three respondents’ names to send our new publication, “The World The Settlers Made.” Help us out — take the survey today!

Tell Us What You Think: The 2016 Mondoweiss Reader Survey

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2016 marks the ten year anniversary of Mondoweiss and for the first time we are running a reader survey. Tell us — what would you like to see on Mondoweiss? What do you like about what we do, and what we can do better? Each week the survey is open we will be giving away copies of our new publication, “The World The Settlers Made” to readers who have shared their thoughts so please help us by filling one out today!

Introducing Mondoweiss In Print: ‘The World the Settlers Made’

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“I learned more about Israel in these five days in Palestine than in any other trips I’ve made.” Mondoweiss is excited to share our first foray into the world of print, Phil Weiss’s reportage from Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank. “The World the Settlers Made” tells the story of five days in January 2016 that Phil Weiss spent immersed in the world of Israeli settlers. The experience gave him a vivid, immediate experience of their daily lives, and a greater understanding of the worldview shaping Israeli politics. “The World the Settlers Made” includes 21 pages of Phil’s reports and is on sale now.

Thank You for Supporting Journalism that Powers Justice

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We are delighted to share that because of hundreds of generous donations, we not only met but blew past the goal of $90,000 for our year-end campaign, Journalism That Powers Justice. Including the Challenge Fund the campaign total as of today is $150,478 which is almost 50 percent more than any past campaign. We are awed by this tangible vote of confidence from Mondoweiss supporters.

Our Top Ten posts of 2015

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Reem Sahwil's tears after a lecture about unwelcome immigrants to the Palestinian teen from German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who then stroked her, was the top post on our site this year had 12.3 million visits to the site this year, and our top post got 322,000 views and was by Allison Deger, detailing an incident in which German Chancellor Angela Merkel caused Palestinian teen Reem Sawhil to cry with a lecture about unwelcome immigrants in Germany

Who Do You Honor?

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Those who invest in Mondoweiss often dedicate their donations to people; hopes; dreams; or principles. Your gift  can also pay tribute to someone who inspires you.

Three weeks ago, some of our most generous and strategic donors told us they believed we could build a stronger organization—that the community we’ve grown would be ready to push us to the next stage. On the last day of the campaign, and we’re well over 90 percent of our goal! Please help us donate today to help us unlock our $50,000 Challenge Fund.

Moving Images Make Change: Mondoweiss Videos in 2015

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The act of recording someone's words and actions is a fundamental affirmation of human dignity and importance. Collage created from flickr/jsawkins image combined with still from Mondoweiss video.

One of the most important tools we have to change minds and policy regarding Israel/Palestine is video. Here are some highlights of the important video journalism Mondoweiss produced in 2015. We need your help to increase our ability to produce more groundbreaking video in 2016.

2015 in Pictures: What Mondoweiss Showed The World

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Mondoweiss shares extraordinary photographs with the world: over time, a collection of images that tells a greater story.

See a sample some of the amazing photographs published by Mondoweiss in 2015. Some shots portray victories, some the depths of despair or fury, and others simply the human moments of family and work life. We are proud to provide a channel by which these vital images reach so many people. The world needs to see these images, and so many more. Please contribute today so that Mondoweiss can continue to share the Images That Power Justice. With a week to go toward the goal of $90,000, we are on track to achieve it!

The most memorable stories of 2015

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What are your most memorable stories of 2015? We are highlighting Interviews That Power Justice, stories published over the past several months that illuminate the life-and-death choices, daily struggles and heroic resistance of life under Israeli occupation. If you agree that the world needs to hear these stories, please contribute today to Mondoweiss’s year-end campaign. With your help, we can reach our goal of $90,000 and unlock the remarkable $50,000 Challenge Fund that can move our work to the next level.

My journey from loss to empathy to action

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Read Robyn's story and find what you share with her.

Robyn Brown, one of the four donors who have created a $50,000 Challenge Fund to mobilize maximum support this month for Mondoweiss, explains how she came to Palestine solidarity activism and why she supports Mondoweiss: “My own experience of Israeli disregard for basic human dignity has been part of what brought me to value Mondoweiss and the journalism that powers justice.”

Your Gift Multiplied: Support Mondoweiss’s Year-End Campaign

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A photo of a protest in Gaza titled "Victory." (Photo: Shady Alassar)

Mondoweiss provides reporting, images, and analysis that brings the reality of the Palestinian people into sharp focus: journalism that powers justice. Four generous donors have assembled a Challenge Fund of $50,000—which will be available to build Mondoweiss if we raise $90,000 by year-end. Please join our challenge donors now in furthering our vital work.

Coming Monday on Mondoweiss — Advertisements

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Starting Monday things will begin to look different around here: we’ll be beginning an experiment with running advertisements on Mondoweiss. This move represents yet another milestone in the evolution of Mondoweiss. We will be celebrating the site’s 10 year anniversary in 2016 and as our audience and influence continue to grow we are constantly looking for ways to sustain our work and make sure we’ll be here over the long haul. Ads are not a silver bullet, but they will help, and we believe they will add value for our readers.

On #GivingTuesday, meet our new Development Director

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Tova at a protest against the Israeli invasion of Gaza, July 2014. (Photo: Seher Ali)

On this #GivingTuesday, we are excited to introduce to the Mondoweiss community our new Director of Development and Outreach, Tova Perlmutter. Tova’s responsibility is to increase Mondoweiss’s income, but also to help connect the members of our community in useful and rewarding ways. Those of you who have met Tova since she started helping us last year cannot fail to notice her warmth, high energy and boundless excitement about building the movement for justice in Palestine. Your support for Mondoweiss on #GivingTuesday will help us continue to bring you in-depth reporting on the fight for Palestinian rights—on the ground, in the U.S., and around the world.