Dear Mondoweiss community:
Like many of you we are dealing with the shock, grief and anger that so many across the U.S. are experiencing following the election of Donald Trump. Today we are asking for your reactions and insights, so that we as a community can share both our feelings–outrage, grief, fatalism–and our thoughts as to next steps. Please tell us your reaction to the election and your suggestions for how Palestinian justice work in general, and Mondoweiss’s journalism in particular, should regroup and move forward. You can share your perspective either in the comments at the bottom of this post or by emailing [email protected]. Selected comments will be highlighted in the images attached to this post and through social media.
Like many other organizations working for change, we must think hard about how last week’s events affect our plans. Even though the implications for US foreign policy are not yet clear, the immediate outpouring of racist and Islamophobic rage across the country would seem to confirm our worst fears. We are entering a new era of American politics where an explicitly racist, nativist, misogynist, and homophobic constituency has been empowered with a spokesman in the highest office in the land. The results of this will be felt for years.
Here at Mondoweiss we are starting to understand what this will mean for our work and how we must change accordingly. As always our focus will be on documenting, analyzing and challenging the ongoing Israeli dispossession of the Palestinian people. This is our focus and will continue to be so. But we have always recognized that this is not just a story taking place in Palestine. It is also unfolding in Washington DC, and in communities across the United States.
Since the beginning of this site in 2006 we have covered the poisonous ideology of a “war on terror” which has targeted communities in the US as well as countries and people around the globe. Under a Trump administration it seems that the war at home will only intensify, and the Islamophobia that allows DC policy makers to dehumanize Palestinians in the occupied territories, will also be used to divide, ostracize and criminalize neighbors, friends, and activists. It’s already started.
For this reason one immediate change following the election is that we plan to expand our coverage of the racism and violence here in the U.S. that is finding political expression and power through the Trump victory. It is central to our mission and our values as a news outlet dedicated to full human equality and fundamental human rights.
As always, we are grateful to be part of a community of thinkers, seekers, fighters, builders and growers. None of us is alone, and by working together we can and will make change.
P.S. In the face of the Islamophobia and Zionist-coddling we can expect to soar, we do ask you to contribute financially. There will be new costs for our work, financial as well as political, and we will come to you for help as they arise. We know that many other organizations working for change will be facing new challenges as well. Many of our allies such as Hate Hurts, Palestine Legal and Students for Justice in Palestine among others will be on the front lines as our new political reality continues to unfold and we urge you to give where the work best reflects your own goals and vision.
Wherever you donate, please do. The entire movement for freedom and equality will need your support.