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It’s that time of year again! Happy new year! We’ve been here nearly ten years, long enough to establish our own traditions, and this post is one of them. It’s a statistical way to reflect on the year’s events, and to thank the amazing community that has grown up about the site, for whom we owe the numbers we report below.

During this past year we had over 12.3 million visits to the site. This was down from last year’s visits, which were fueled by the Israeli atrocity in Gaza, but up 50% from 2013.

In the last year we published 1,800 stories; here are our ten most-viewed posts of the last year:

  1. Angela Merkel makes a 14-year old Palestinian girl cry by telling her she is not welcome in Germany, by Allison Deger — 322,809 views
  2. Palestinian Harry Potter fan challenges J. K. Rowling on BDS using lessons from Hogwarts, by Mia Oudeh — 107,767 views
  3. Israel turns off power to hundreds of thousands of Palestinians in the dead of winter, by Annie Robbins — 97,533 views
  4. Executed: Dania Ersheid, 17, from Hebron, by Annie Robbins — 82,435 views
  5. Senator who spearheaded letter to Iran got $1 million from Kristol’s ‘Emergency C’tee for Israel’, by Philip Weiss — 81,432 views
  6. Night of horror at Ben Gurion airport for two French music students, by Philomene Constant and Bastien Anthoine — 77,137 views
  7. ‘This is our Israel, this is for the Jews. No Palestinian should come to Israel’: A Palestinian-American’s story of being detained at Ben Gurion airport, by George Khoury — 63,926 views
  8. Obama tells Americans it is ‘abrogation of my constitutional duty’ to defer to Israel on Iran Deal, by Philip Weiss
  9. Why I am not Charlie, by Scott Long — 56,619 views
  10. US only country to oppose UN holding Israel accountable for war crimes, yet again, by Ben Norton — 51,596 views

We also published over 74,000 comments. We are still waiting on the list of prolific commenters; we’ll get to those stats when we have them.

Our readers were around the world, though concentrated in the U.S.

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  1. amigo on December 31, 2015, 2:22 pm

    Firstly , thanks to all the staff at MW and the contributors for making this mine of valuable information available to us here in Ireland.You save us so much effort by not having to scan numerous sources on a daily basis, to get the facts about Israel.I really do appreciate the monumental contribution you all make.I want to especially thank Kate , (apologies for singling one person out) who so tirelessly keeps us informed of the daily abuses committed against the Palestinian People by Israel.This is an extremely valuable source when trying to win over those who are sitting on the fence.Unsurprisingly , so many are shocked by the level of brutality visited by Israel on Palestinians and winning their support is made all the more easy.Kate does this in spite of the apparent low level of comments but Annie once told me the number of readers is high and that clearly is the most important factor.

    On the issue of best posts and highest number of comments , would it be possible , given the inability of zionists to be original , to create a category named , “most original post by a zionist contributor”.

    Finally , best wishes to MW for 2016 and may this be the year when the MSM gets it,s act together and ushers in an era of “honest ” and balanced journalism such as we see at MW.

    PS , proud to note little ole Ireland racked up 124,793 reads.

    • MHughes976 on December 31, 2015, 8:35 pm

      Perhaps Ireland has more Mondoweiss readers per head of population even than the Unted States, with us in the UK a little behind. Keep up the good work!
      I was delighted to see Shmuel’s return – missing seafoid and Walid.

      • amigo on December 31, 2015, 9:18 pm

        “Perhaps Ireland has more Mondoweiss readers per head of population even than the Unted States, with us in the UK a little behind. Keep up the good work!”.MHughes 976

        Shhh, don,t tell anyone but our Pro Palestinian group spends every available minute logging in to MW to inflate our numbers.I thought we would do better so will have to double our efforts.

        I have read reports that you too are experiencing extremely bad weather.At this side of the pond , December resulted in the highest level of rainfall in recorded history .I am praying for snow , so I can ski to the shops , instead of swimming .

      • MHughes976 on January 2, 2016, 2:20 pm

        Yes, amigo, endless boring rain over here in the Deep South (my iPad insists that I capitalise that phrase) of England, in the North worse. One of my wife’s friends in Northumberland expects to be out of her home for 6 months. Peter Belmont has a right to remind us of the climate change problem. At least we’ve had some vocal discontent with the complacent Cameron. When it comes to Zionism he’s rather worse than complacent, as you know.

  2. W.Jones on December 31, 2015, 2:55 pm

    What were the articles most commented on and for the future is there a way to check how many page views an essay gets?

    • adamhorowitz on January 1, 2016, 9:45 am

      Based on WordPress stats, we can tell which posts generated the most comments.

      For 2015 they were:

      1. Roundtable on the Palestinian solidarity movement and Alison Weir, 1210 comments

      2. Michael Oren misrepresents 1971 synagogue bombing that changed his life, 481 comments

      3. ‘A traumatized society is dangerous’, 458 comments

      4. It’s time for American Jews to recognize they have been duped, 451 comments

      5. Gaza’s al-Nasser Salah al-Din Brigades prepares for next Israeli war, 270 comments

      6. Front-page attack in New York Times says BDS movement is driven by minorities’ ‘hostility toward Jews’ , 263 comments

      7. The way for Americans to take on the Islamic state is to end support for Jewish nationalism, 245 comments

      8. The Obama administration needs to own up to the quagmire in Syria, 238 comments

      9. Congress and state legislatures are on the warpath against BDS, 236 comments

      10. It’s not bigoted to call out the Israel lobby over Iran Deal, 231 comments

      • W.Jones on January 1, 2016, 10:37 am


      • Mooser on January 1, 2016, 12:36 pm

        Mr. Horowitz, are you completely honest when you list those comment numbers?
        After all, many of those are “bad hits” by Zionists excoriating Mondo, and there many NUPV (Negative Unique Page Views) in there, too!

      • ivri on January 1, 2016, 4:16 pm

        Think positively.
        What about the many: Brilliant, Insightful Zionist-Advocacy Remarks?
        Sounds bizarre to you?

  3. Elisabeth on December 31, 2015, 9:04 pm

    I admire Angela Merkel. She has the guts to say to the electorate what she thinks should be done (“wir schaffen dass”) instead of being a slave to opinion polls about hostility to taking in refugees. Growing up as a daughter of a minister in East Germany must have been hard, and it seems to have built her character.

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