Onfor its complicity in the death of children during Israel’s 2014 assault on Gaza. Mondoweiss published the story of both the lawsuit and Obliterated Families, an interactive web documentary on the Shuheibar family and others whose lives were shattered during the Israeli military offensive.
Did the New York Times share this information, so important to understanding both the human suffering inflicted by Israel and Palestinians’ increasing use of international law to fight back? No. Reuters, Associated Press, National Public Radio–none led you to the news story by dedicated and talented journalists Anne Paq and Ala Qandil. Mondoweiss is essential for thinking people around the globe who want to understand and take action for justice in Palestine. In our current campaign, How Much Truth?, we are asking for your support to increase the impact and reach of Mondoweiss’s journalism.
Mondoweiss was launched just over ten years ago, when activists for Palestinian human rights often felt that we were bruising our heads against a rock-hard wall of media denial and organized Zionism. We had occasional victories, but they were largely not coordinated and it seemed they hardly made a dent in the dominant American perspective.
Today, we are a movement that has made real progress in changing minds. There are many reasons the situation has changed, but perhaps the most vital is one that we learned from our opponents: to build institutions that will shape society, we need to invest resources. It takes real money, collected from concerned people everywhere, to make possible smart, creative and powerful work.
Thanks to support from thousands of people, Mondoweiss at ten is a vital media outlet that informs hundreds of thousands not only in the U.S. but around the globe. Mondoweiss’s expansion has been valuable for our movement. Today, we are at a turning point to become so much more. The team has identified ways to multiply the impact and reach of this urgently needed journalism, and it’s time for all of you who care about that impact to make this potential a reality–now.
Why does Mondoweiss ask you to donate? It’s straightforward: our sources of funding are very limited, so we depend on committed, generous individuals like you to keep the work going. Because we are committed to spreading the news as far as we can, Mondoweiss has never used a paywall, and we never want to. And by its very nature, our work is politically radioactive to most private foundations. We are deeply grateful to the few foundations that recognize the value of Mondoweiss’s journalism, but they cannot fund all the truth-telling so urgently needed.
Please invest today in Mondoweiss’s capacity so that not only you, but millions of people around the world, can benefit from a wider, better-informed reading public that becomes empowered to demand fair policies.
Where do your donations go? We believe that we are effective stewards of your investment—see below to judge for yourself how we are spending this year’s budget of approximately $400,000.
Mondoweiss’s core team is seven people who report, photograph, record videos, edit submissions, manage the website and social media, connect our community, fundraise, and continually strategize to increase our impact, reach and credibility. Also vital to producing the news is the large corps of talented freelance writers and photographers who provide compelling images and stories every day.
Less exciting, but still essential, are the costs of maintaining our website and keeping its servers functioning even when traffic soars. And of course we pay for accounting and other services to ensure all funds are used appropriately and in accordance with requirements for charitable status.
What does it all come down to? Currently, we average 4-5 posts/day, including
- current news from Israel/Palestine;
- related news from the U.S. and, to the extent possible, other countries;
- personal accounts from people affected by repression, denial of human rights, and violence;
- commentary, insights, and advocacy on relevant political, economic, and social developments;
- historical documents and analysis;
- video reportage, photo essays, and editorial cartoons.
We share all this content on Facebook, where we have 25,000 followers, and Twitter (over 45,000). We’ve also recently initiated Mondoweiss In Print, a publication series to help advocates go beyond social media in sharing important evidence and information. But we believe that more is needed–urgently–to reach millions of people and foster true change. In the next several days, we’ll describe specifically the directions we’d like to take Mondoweiss if readers share our view that the movement needs and deserves more of what we offer.
So, you decide. Is all this enough? How much truth is needed, and how many people must hear it?
If you’ve never donated in the past, please join the many readers who make Mondoweiss possible. If you’ve given $25 or $50, consider an increase to $80 or $100. And if you’ve supported Mondoweiss with gifts of $100 or more, increasing your donation by 50 or even 75 percent if you can will make a real difference in our capacity.
Please give today. Only with your help can we spread more truth to more people, for more justice and freedom tomorrow.