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Are you ready for 2017? Like many people, we at Mondoweiss are happy to say good riddance to 2016—but we don’t take this symbolic turning of the page as a moment to let down our guard. The struggles in the year to come will be set by fascistic leaders and movements in Israel, the United States and elsewhere. But here’s where we draw hope: the new challenges are already starting to force moral accountability on people who have avoided it. Liberal Zionists and others will have to choose sides.

For those who will be fighting back—the ones who will join battle for the first time, as well as people like you who have been active already—effective campaigning will require more of what Mondoweiss delivers: independent, accurate news and analysis.

Muckraker journalist George Seldes said it best: “The truth is not in the commercial media because the truth is a dagger pointed at its heart, which is its pocketbook.” Because Mondoweiss’s independence is ensured by the contributions of thousands of supporters like you, the truth for us is not the dagger but the heart.

donate-button-for-midpostToday is the last time this year that we will ask for your donations to maintain and grow Mondoweiss’s leadership in defining, documenting and strategizing resistance to injustice. The challenges will be massive, and we need your help to increase our capacity to face them. (If you have already donated, we thank you from the bottom of our hearts!)

stacked-images-for-mc-messageIt’s been a Mondoweiss tradition to end each year by listing the year’s posts that received the most views. Below, you can see the top stories of the 1500+ published in 2016—a very diverse group. This year, however, our look back goes beyond a quantitative list. Over the past two weeks our series “Reporting Spreads Resistance,” highlighting the best of Mondoweiss journalism in 2016, has featured commentary by leaders in the movement for justice in Palestine on six key themes:

We’ve also gathered a selection of the year’s reporting that we’re most proud of, at

Please share with us in the comments any stories you feel had particular value this year, and your suggestions for stories we should follow in 2017. And please, if you believe Mondoweiss makes a difference in moving public discourse, donate today so we can continue to advance the ideas and values you care about.

The team at Mondoweiss is privileged to devote our time and energy to telling the truth about Palestine. As the year ends, we thank you for making our work possible through your support— intellectual, moral and financial. Here’s to a 2017 that helps us all move toward justice!


By number of views, 2016’s top ten posts are:

  1. Israeli soldier filmed executing wounded Palestinian man
  2. How Zionism helped create the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
  3. Palestinian poet and artist Ashraf Fayadh sentenced to death in Saudi Arabia
  4. Hell just froze over: the New York Times runs an article saying Zionism is racist
  5. More than half of US aid ‘to entire world’ goes to Israel and it ignores our warnings on settlements — Kerry
  6. Israel demands correction from Sanders: it killed only 532 Palestinian children in summer 2014
  7. Not the only ‘proud Palestinian’ in the family–Gigi Hadid’s father details refugee history in Syria
  8. Israeli designer eroticizes the Palestinian keffiyeh
  9. Read the speech Bernie Sanders planned to give to AIPAC
  10. American Express disowns Pink Floyd singer Roger Waters because of pro-Palestinian views

Because much of our audience viewed posts via social media, we provide another measure of the pieces that had the largest audience: the items that had the widest reach on Facebook. Mondoweiss videos attracted the most attention on Facebook, including the following:

Most-viewed Mondoweiss posts on Facebook, other than videos, were:

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i just rewatched the video of children talking about their life in refugee camps. heartbreakingly beautiful Palestinian kids. i hope all their dreams come true. 2016 was a tough year for Palestine — again. really hope 2017 offers some justice and peace for Palestine! and go BDS! go Pal Legal! go to all the inspiring student activists all over the world! and for all the other (non student) activists too. here’s for success and unity… Read more »

To the above list I would like to add a brief, 2014, EI, interview with Max Blumenthal: that features two great quotes: MB: “Germany made Palestinians indirect victims of the Holocaust” And a warning comment (by David): “If pointing out Israel’s atrocities against an indigenous population is anti-semitic, then one day it will come to be that being anti-semitic is a badge of honor, like being anti-nazi is today. People should beware of flinging… Read more »