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2015 in Pictures: What Mondoweiss Showed The World

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Today we highlight some of the amazing photographs published by Mondoweiss in 2015, showing major news events as well as daily life in Israel/Palestine. 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. We hope that those who understand the realities of Palestinian life may be strengthened in their convictions—and their ability to change minds—by the ongoing visual documentation of oppression.

More than that, we believe that those who have not yet focused on this critical world issue, or who have not yet freed themselves from the one-sided stories provided in the mainstream media, can be shocked into new understanding by powerful images.

We’re more than halfway to our goal of $90,000! Help us unlock the $50,000 Challenge Fund by donating today.

Look at the astonishing array of photos in the slide show below. And that’s just a small sample of what Mondoweiss has published in 2015! 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!

Traditionally, over half our December gifts are in the last two days of the month–but there’s no need to wait. Your gift today will help unlock the remarkable $50,000 Challenge Fund that can move our work to the next level.

We are grateful to the gifted journalists and photographers who have captured these moments and share them through Mondoweiss. Read on to see the names of those whose photographs make Mondoweiss more persuasive every day.

Let us know if we’ve missed some of your favorite photos–and please, share this collection with friends!

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Images highlighted in the slide show and collage above are available to Mondoweiss readers thanks to (in alphabetical order):

Hamdi Abu Rahma
Abed al Qaisi
Shady Alassar
Sara Anna
Mohammed Asad
Ryan Rodrick Beiler
Dan Cohen
CPT Palestine
Allison Deger
Yasmine El-Sabawi
Martin Gajsek
Rebecca George
Shadi Hatem
Hebron Defense Committee
Dr. Rafiq Hussein
International Solidarity Movement
Sheren Khalel
Bud Korotzer/DesertPeace
Marcel Leme/Youth Against Settlements
Kelly Lynn
Alaa Mpharjh
Eamon Murphy
Ben Norton
Anne Paq
Issam Rimawi/APA Images
Jehad Saftawi
Karam Saleem
Isra Saleh El-Namy
St. Louis Palestine Solidarity Committee
Rob Stothard
Students for Justice in Palestine -USF
Matthew Vickery
Miakoda Wolin-Collins

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  1. JustJessetr
    December 25, 2015, 3:02 pm

    Mondweiss lays out the thought process of BDS advocates worldwide. I consult it nightly and it has been proven invaluable at the Park Slope Food Coop in defeating boycotts of Israel. For that reason alone, I will donate a symbolic amount of one dollar.

    Thank you, MW. The gift that keeps on giving.

    • amigo
      December 25, 2015, 3:49 pm

      ” I will donate a symbolic amount of one dollar.”unjustjesser

      OK, I will see your dollar and raise you 19 dollars which I will add to my normal donation to MW.That , in turn means your generosity will net a handsome 31 dollars to MW , taking into account the 55 % pledge from the four donors.

      Thank you Justjesser.The gift that keeps on giving.

  2. Mooser
    December 25, 2015, 3:29 pm

    “Mondweiss lays out the thought process of BDS advocates worldwide.”

    While Zionism and Israel maintain the austere silence of Tribal Unity! Nobody knows what they are thinking or doing!
    What a great advantage to have.

    And “JustJessetr” as it is the end of the year, I want to think you for being you. Why, if you didn’t exist, some misguided anti-zionist might invent you, and possibly get banned for it.

  3. zaid
    December 25, 2015, 8:40 pm

    Thank you Justjeestr,

    Don’t forget to tell all your friends ,family and synagogue to join in and give to Mondoweiss.

    Its for a good Cause .

    • amigo
      December 26, 2015, 10:35 am

      Zaid, wouldn,t it be ironic if the 90 k goal was one dollar short and his contribution enabled the receipt of an extra 50 k for MW.

      • zaid
        December 26, 2015, 2:07 pm

        Lets hope

  4. Mooser
    December 26, 2015, 12:23 pm

    I want to caution all Zionists. If you wish to gather for the feast in the master’s chambers, and stab at Mondo with your steely knives, fer Gawds sakes print it out first, okay?
    Don’t stab the screen, you might blow a fuse and put out the neighbor’s Christmas lights!

  5. MaxNarr
    December 26, 2015, 9:15 pm

    Let’s take a look at the violence and hatred in each photo from left to right. Top left, staged photo of hurt girl, obligatory. second from left we see smuggling weapons through a terror tunnel to attack innocent civilians and commit murder, next two show violent confrontation with Israeli forces, last on the right for the first row is a fallacy as the greenhouses left for gazans when Jews were ethnically cleansed from Gaza were destroyed and the tubing used to make rockets.

    The rest of the pictures predicatable, slingshot weapons, incitement, propaganda. The only nice picture is the Israeli soldier using only his hand to signal a stop to all this madness, while his gun is pointed completely away from the perpetrators.

    • zaid
      December 26, 2015, 10:13 pm


      Violence is not wrong in itself, it is only wrong when it is directed towards innocent people.

      And we both agree that violence against the Zionist occupation is legitimate and applauded.

      Merry Christmas

      • MaxNarr
        December 27, 2015, 10:32 pm

        Hi Zaid,

        What sort of violence is “legitimate and applauded” in your view?

        Also, in your view what and who counts as the Israeli occupation? In the other thread you said it was much more than “just Gaza” could you please elaborate what sort of violence you condone and against whom?

      • annie
        December 28, 2015, 2:23 am

        United Nations General Assembly Resolution A/RES/33/24 of 29 November 1978:

        “2. Reaffirms the legitimacy of the struggle of peoples for independence, territorial integrity, national unity and liberation from colonial and foreign domination and foreign occupation by all available means, particularly armed struggle;” (3)

      • zaid
        December 28, 2015, 9:00 pm


        I mentioned the occupation and the refugees right of return.
        The occupation applies to part of Palestine but the refugees right of return applies to All.

      • amigo
        December 29, 2015, 2:04 pm

        Max , (debunked )Narr.

        Give us your thoughts on the following list of violence.

        June 30, 1924. Dutch Jew Jacob Israël de Haan was assassinated by Avraham Tehomi on the orders of Haganah leader Yitzhak Ben-Zvi[37] for his anti-Zionist political activities and contacts with Arab leaders.[38]
        1937–1939 The Irgun conducted a campaign of violence against Palestinian Arab civilians resulting in the deaths of at least 250.[39][40]
        July 15, 1938* A bomb left in the vegetable market in Jerusalem by the Irgun injured 28[41]
        July 25, 1938* The Irgun threw a bomb into the melon market in Haifa resulting in 49 deaths[42]
        November 6, 1944 Lehi assassinated British minister Lord Moyne in Cairo, Egypt. The action was condemned by the Yishuv at the time, but the bodies of the assassins was brought home from Egypt in 1975 to a state funeral and burial on Mount Herzl.[43]
        1944–1945 The killings of several suspected collaborators with the Haganah and the British mandate government during the Hunting Season.
        1946′ Letter bombs sent to British officials, including foreign minister Ernst Bevin, by Lehi.
        July 26, 1946 The bombing of British administrative headquarters at the King David Hotel, killing 91 people — 28 British, 41 Arab, 17 Jewish, and 5 others. Around 45 people were injured. In the literature about the practice and history of terrorism, it has been called one of the most lethal terrorist attacks of the 20th century.[44]
        1946 Railways and British military airfields were attacked several times.
        October 31, 1946 The bombing by the Irgun of the British Embassy in Rome. Nearly half the building was destroyed and 3 people were injured.[45]
        April 16, 1947* An Irgun bomb placed at the Colonial Office in London failed to detonate.[46]
        July 25, 1947 The Sergeants affair: When death sentences were passed on two Irgun members, the Irgun kidnapped Sgt. Clifford Martin and Sgt. Mervyn Paice and threatened to kill them in retaliation if the sentences were carried out. When the threat was ignored, the hostages were killed. Afterwards, their bodies were taken to an orange grove and left hanging by the neck from trees. An improvised explosive device was set. This went off when one of the bodies was cut down, seriously wounding a British officer.[47]
        December 1947 – March 1948 Numerous attacks on Palestinian Arabs in the context of civil war after the vote of the United Nations Partition Plan for Palestine
        ‘1947 Letter bombs sent to the Truman White House by Lehi
        January 5–6, 1948 The Semiramis Hotel bombing, carried out by the Haganah (or, according to some sources, Irgun) resulted in the deaths of 24 to 26 people
        April 1948 The Deir Yassin massacre carried out by the Irgun and Lehi, killed between 107 and 120 Palestinian villagers,[48] the estimate generally accepted by scholars.[49][50]
        September 17, 1948 Lehi assassination of the United Nations mediator Folke Bernadotte,[51][52] whom Lehi accused of a pro-Arab stance during the cease-fire negotiations.

    • tree
      December 27, 2015, 12:45 am

      Let’s take a look at the violence and hatred in each photo from left to right. Top left, staged photo of hurt girl, obligatory. second from left we see smuggling weapons through a terror tunnel to attack innocent civilians and commit murder, next two show violent confrontation with Israeli forces, last on the right for the first row is a fallacy as the greenhouses left for gazans when Jews were ethnically cleansed from Gaza were destroyed and the tubing used to make rockets.

      Swallowing propaganda whole certainly interferes with your rational thinking, Max Narr.

      First photo, I suppose you think that 6 year old girls hit with stones are normally quite happy about the whole thing. ‘What fun, I’m being pelted by Israeli settlers who think I’m trash and they can get away with anything! What a laugh riot! But the camera wants me to be upset. Brushes with injury and death are just so enjoyable, how will I ever look upset?’ (You’re sick. Your comment is a symptom of your sickness.)

      Second photo: I thought you hasbarists only called the tunnels into Israel “terror tunnels”, or does the new (post Protective Edge) appellation now apply to tunnels from Egypt to Gaza, the ones that are used to provide food and other necessities to Gaza? I suppose for racists like you the thought of Palestinians having adequate food and shelter is “terrifying’, right?

      BTW, that’s not a weapon in the tunnel. Its a sump pump, used to pump the salt water that Egypt has been flooding the tunnels with. But I suppose facts are not necessary when you live and breathe Zionist propaganda.

      Photos 3 and 4:

      Both are the results of the IDF storming into Palestinian areas and firing tear gas. NOt exactly a kumbaya moment on their part. The first is from Aida refugee camp and the second is someone in Bilin holding spent IDF tear gas canisters after their weekly protest over the theft of their land.
      I suppose you think that the Palestinians’ reaction should be to grovel and thank the IDF for storming in and polluting their homes and lungs with noxious gas, but believe it or not that not a typical human response to such violence.

      Photo 5: On this one your response is stupid on several different levels.

      I’ll overlook the stupidity of the “ethnic cleansing” remark. Standard idiotic hasbara which means nothing except that you think that stealing something gives you some right to keep it, if you’re Jewish of course.

      First stupidity: The “destruction of the Gaza greenhouses” you mention is a fallacy that has been debunked years ago.

      Note that both the MW piece and my linked comment cite several sources for the debunking, including the NY Times, Associated Press, and the Boston Herald.

      In summation :

      Some Israeli settlers dismantled some of the greenhouses and equipment prior to the disengagement. This was the first looting, done by Israelis, who had been paid to leave the equipment intact. Then about ten percent of the equipment in the former Israeli greenhouses in Gaza was looted by some Palestinians immediately after the disengagement, mostly by stealing plastic irrigation pipe, plastic sheeting, and water pumps .The greenhouses themselves were not destroyed. The destruction caused by both looting incidents was repaired within a month or so by the Palestinians and the greenhouses were up and running within 2 months. They were not destroyed. They exist today.

      So your insistence that there are no greenhouses in Gaza because they were all “destroyed” in 2005 just shows your complete ignorance.

      And then there is stupidity #2: The tubing looted from the greenhouses was plastic. Metal piping doesn’t work well in greenhouses because of the high humidity there, and besides metal piping is needlessly expensive to use in greenhouses and requires expensive joints and elbows because its doesn’t have the flexibility of plastic.

      Plastic tubing, on the other hand, while great for greenhouses, is useless in an explosive rocket. It wasn’t looted to “make rockets”, it was taken to be used in Palestinian greenhouses and agricultural fields that existed at the time. I don’t know who convinced you that the plastic tubing was used to make rockets but whoever it was must have rejoiced at your supreme gullibility. Next thing you know you’ll be telling us Palestinians make rockets out of chickpeas. Fear the hummus power!

      And finally, stupidity #3: The picture wasn’t even taken in Gaza, Apparently you think that no greenhouses exist in either Gaza or the West Bank. As I said, you’re extremely gullible.

      The photo was taken in Tulkarm, West Bank.

      Question for you, Max. The article linked immediately aove mentions that three times the IDF took (looted would be a good word) the plastic roofing on the Tneebs’ greenhouse. Do you think the IDF used the plastic sheeting to make missiles or mortars? Or are you only gullible when it comes to believing lies about Palestinians?

      • tree
        December 27, 2015, 12:57 am

        Apologies to Roha. Sometimes I can’t help myself.

      • RoHa
        December 27, 2015, 1:53 am


        At least most of the punctuation is correct.

        Do try to remember your own sentence:

        “But I suppose facts are not necessary when you live and breathe Zionist propaganda.”

      • MaxNarr
        December 27, 2015, 3:26 pm

        Hi Tree, please show proof

      • tree
        December 27, 2015, 10:15 pm

        Max ,

        If you can’t bother to read the links I provided which prove my points, why bother pretending you want proof? Try clicking if you really want to know, which I seriously doubt you do.

    • diasp0ra
      December 27, 2015, 7:53 am


      At one point in my past I used to think that dialogue was possible with Israelis and that everything could be negotiated.

      It’s posts by you and other Zionists here that reaffirm my position that change needs to be imposed on Israel, because if most Israelis are like the Zionist posters here change will never come through any other means. Your lack of empathy and complete denial and twisting of facts would be impressive if it weren’t so destructive.

      So keep on doing what you’re doing. See you in a few decades in a shared state. Who knows, maybe then you’d suddenly become “regretful” like a lot of Boers are today of their Apartheid past.

    • Mooser
      December 27, 2015, 12:44 pm

      “MaxNarr” I get the most unpleasant suspicion that some people here think that Jews cannot be responsible for their words!

      That, I am sure you will agree, “MaxNarr”, is the only possible reason why everybody doesn’t believe every single word you say.

    • Talkback
      December 28, 2015, 12:04 pm

      MaxNarr: “…. when Jews were ethnically cleansed from Gaza …”

      So removing illegal settlers from occupied territories by Jews is “ethnically cleansing”, but if someone would write about the ethnic cleansing of Palestinians by Jews your response would be “please show proof”.

      Am I correct? ROFL.

      BTW: The Greenhouse propaganda—How Gazan history is being rewritten to dehumanize Palestinians

  6. JustJessetr
    December 29, 2015, 10:38 am

    This is great! All this support for violence! Keep it coming! I find it very useful!

    • eljay
      December 29, 2015, 11:11 am

      || JustJessetr: This is great! All this support for violence! Keep it coming! I find it very useful! ||

      I get that you’re just a jester, but you shouldn’t so readily deride violence committed by the occupied and oppressed against the occupiers and oppressors.

      There may come another day when Jews will (again) similarly commit violence and I, for one, would want their resistance to be defended rather than derided by clowns like you.

    • Mooser
      December 29, 2015, 1:07 pm

      ” I find it very useful!”

      Yes, sometimes it’s necessary to have a ‘trigger’ like a photograph, or words, to kick off a Ziocaine Syndrome event.
      But not always. Sometimes you’re just sitting there, and boom! it happens.

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