Mondoweiss’s summer fundraising campaign began July 15, shortly over a week ago. As of today, donations to this campaign total over $32,000. Wow! This is about twice the total in the first nine days of our last fundraising campaign, and 30 percent higher than in our largest campaign ever.
Today, we are highlighting one of the most important elements of Mondoweiss’s journalism: our consistent, broad, relentless coverage of policies, protests, and corruption in United States attitudes toward Israel/Palestine. While policies toward Israel in Europe and elsewhere are important harbingers of long-term change, the billions of dollars each year in military aid from the U.S. are the cornerstone of Israel’s violent and intransigent regime.
We believe that getting right on this issue is essential for the United States. “When we fight for Palestine, we make America better, we make America smart, we make America save itself. We’re going to help America save itself whether it wants to or not!” James Zogby of the Arab American Institute said just this week, as we reported from the Democratic convention in Philadelphia.
Where but Mondoweiss could you find, within a few weeks, all these stories about how U.S. politics are shaped constantly in terms of Israel’s goals? Together, these various angles provide a unique perspective on American power-mongering at national and state levels:
- Stories about how Israel is the only issue on which Donald Trump has changed his tune, and “the press isn’t giving him any more pushback on this issue. Because he caved in…And they’re not covering it either.”
- Stories about how Hillary Clinton’s increasingly rightward statements have gained her support from major neoconservative donors and pundits, and how her campaign has recruited African-American public figures to give cover for her anti-BDS stance. As our correspondent Yakov Hirsch put it, “This year the ‘progressive’ candidate Hillary Clinton’s speech at AIPAC sounded more like Rabbi Meir Kahane than Eleanor Roosevelt.”
- Coverage of state-level measures to suppress BDS.
- Longer-term analyses of the interests within the Beltway and beyond that shape American policy. As Phil has articulated so well, “Nearly a year after the Iran deal passed, it is still in treacherous waters. Hardliners in the American power structure want to capsize the deal….And it’s all happening in plain sight. Because the mainstream press doesn’t care to hold these folks to account.”
- Policy discussion by experts on the diplomatic apparatus, including former U.N. Special Rapporteur Richard Falk and former Ambassador Chas Freeman. “The US seems incapable of extricating itself from yet another geopolitical quagmire that is partly responsible for generating extra-regional terrorism of the sort that has afflicted Europe in the last two years.”
- Coverage of efforts by labor, churches, and others to resist Zionist censorship and stand in solidarity with Palestinians through BDS and other statements.
Nowhere else is this assemblage of news and analysis, this kind of complex and thorough coverage of events within the U.S. and trends in the country’s foreign policy elites. The current campaign is giving us a clear signal that readers want more stories, more reach, more impact from Mondoweiss journalism.
The contributions this month reinforce our vision of sharing more stories and more analysis more broadly, to make up for the gaping holes and falsehoods in mainstream media. These donations are telling us that you want our typical video to reach millions of people—as our most successful ones have—up from the quarter of a million that is currently our norm.
Our minimum goal was $50,000 to keep operations running as they have been, while we announced a stretch goal of $75,000 to enable us to pursue new directions and increased impact. We asked all of you to show us through your donations How Much Truth is needed—whether the status quo was adequate or you wanted to invest in increased capacity for Mondoweiss to push harder for change.
The response to date has been dramatic, and suggests that Mondoweiss readers see the importance of increasing its impact. But there is less than a week left in the current campaign, and it’s essential that everyone who shares this ambition—of more news spread to a broader public—helps us get to the goal of $75,000. To get there, what we need now is 20 gifts of $500-1500, 60 gifts of $150-300 and 100 gifts of $30-120. Can you provide one of those contributions?