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December 2015

Our Top Ten posts of 2015

Adam Horowitz and Philip Weiss on 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

A look back at the year ahead

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Thirty years ago Marc Ellis called for a solidarity with the Palestinian people. Now that call is more relevant than ever. Because the abyss is clearly in view.

Who Do You Honor?

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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.

Not the only ‘proud Palestinian’ in the family–Gigi Hadid’s father details refugee history in Syria

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Supermodel Gigi Hadid made international headlines last week when she posted to Instagram a note about her Palestinian heritage —“check out the last name. Hadid. Half Palestinian & proud of it.” But the model is not the only “proud Palestinian” from the Hadid family on social media. Her father Mohamed Hadid posted a series of images of the past few weeks of his Nazareth-born family as refugees in Syria following the 1948 war.

US spying on Israel reveals cynical heart of the ‘special relationship’

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A new Wall Street Journal scoop details how a NSA wiretap trained on the office of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu led to intercepts of conversations with U.S. lawmakers and American Jewish groups. While the possibility of illegal spying on Congress will dominate public discussion of the story, the monitoring of Netanyahu and his staff, and the blunt way American officials reportedly discuss it in private, completely belies the public presentation of a relationship based on “shared values.”

The BDS Movement: A 2015 year in review

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2015 was a landmark year for the BDS movement. Read a detailed round-up of BDS victories over the past 12 months.

Israeli forces have killed 142 Palestinians, and injured 15,620, since October 1

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WAFA reports: Since early October 2015, Israeli army forces have killed 142 Palestinians including 27 minors and seven women; in addition to 15,620 Palestinians who were injured during clashes with Israeli soldiers in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip, according to the Palestinian Ministry of Health.

Top ten ways Muslim-Americans can do more

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Since the San Bernardino shootings the public sphere has been rife with demands that Muslims do more to combat extremism in their midst. Saja Raoof offers ten easy suggestions for Muslim-Americans who want to address the widely perceived collective guilt being directed at their community. Step 1: Denounce yourself and your family.

Remembering Dr. Adel Yahya: How a pioneer of Palestinian oral history taught me to listen

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Heidi Morrison remembers Dr. Adel Yahya, the founder and director of PACE, the Palestinian Association for Cultural Exchange. She writes, “Adel was a master oral historian, having recorded and archived hundreds of interviews with Palestinian refugees living in camps as far away as Lebanon and Jordan. He was also a master at teaching others, like me, to do the same.”

Brazil and Israel square off in diplomatic showdown over settler envoy

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Brazil is not interested in having a right wing settler envoy as Israel’s ambassador and Israel won’t take “No” for an answer. A diplomatic crisis has been unfolding between the two countries since last August when Netanyahu publicly announced the appointment of Dani Dayan, the former head the Yesha Council from 2007 to 2013, as Israel’s next ambassador to Brazil — without first consulting the Brazilian Foreign Ministry.

In rare move, Palestinian police kick Israeli soldiers out of West Bank town

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A group of red beret Palestinian police scuffled with Israeli soldiers near Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas’ residence last week ordering the military to leave the area of the West Bank under Palestinian security control. A recording of the December 21, 2015 incident was published by local media, showing Palestinian presidential guards threatening Israeli forces.

Seething with anger and fear

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Hatim Kanaaneh responds to a news report showing Israeli settlers celebrating the death of the Dawabshe family: “The report is about real madness; vicious, murderous and ultimately state-sponsored collective insanity.”

Moving Images Make Change: Mondoweiss Videos in 2015

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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.