Mondoweiss has been delivering independent news and commentary on developments in Palestine for almost twelve years. The site began by publishing one person’s thoughts—Phil Weiss’s challenges to conventional wisdom about the Middle East. Today, more than a thousand people have published their ideas and information about Palestine/Israel via Mondoweiss.
And now, we are seeking your help to keep Mondoweiss thriving. A few visionary donors have pledged $60,000 toward our journalism, but they set a condition: you and others must donate $100,000 in gifts by Dec. 31. To inspire you, we will be sharing comments over the next few weeks from some of the Thousand Voices for Truth—the people who have contributed news, insights, humor and images for all those who, like you, want to know what is really going on.
Today, we’re highlighting the perspective of four Mondoweiss writers on the deficits of mainstream media in providing the news you need—and how they cherish Mondoweiss for making up those deficits.
A former U.S. Congressional candidate and associate fellow at the Institute for Policy Studies, Bob is a blogger and lawyer in Arizona who pays close attention to a broad range of news source, print and online. Bob says: “Mainstream media coverage falls especially short when it comes to Israel-Palestine. If you want the full picture, Mondoweiss is critical.”
Mersiha is a multimedia journalist currently working in Gaza and the West Bank. Her reporting has been published worldwide in print and electronically, and broadcast on television, radio and online. Besides Mondoweiss, outlets that have benefited from Mersiha’s talents include Al Jazeera, AJ+, CBC News Network, Deutsche Welle and Middle East Eye.
Two of Mersiha’s recent contributions to Mondoweiss are a photo essay on the struggle of Palestinians to get access to the Al Aqsa mosque and a report on Israel’s forcible transfer of Palestinian residents out of Jerusalem.
Mersiha says: “In the Western mainstream media, the truth about what is happening in Palestine is often distorted and the masses are left unaware of the reality. I’m thankful for Mondoweiss because it allows me to write important stories on the ground in Palestine that would otherwise be swept under the rug by the Western mainstream press.”
If you, like me, have learned from Mersiha’s journalistic contributions, please donate now to help us keep publishing her work and other valuable articles. Without your contribution, Mondoweiss can’t keep informing the world.
Jonathan is a Jewish-Israeli professional musician who has chosen to live in Denmark, and provides extensive coverage of the Hebrew-language Israeli media for Mondoweiss. Recent articles by Jonathan include reports on Israel’s accelerated deportation of African refugees and an ostensibly leftist Israeli general who threatened to “tear the Palestinians apart.”
Jonathan says: “Especially in the U.S., corporate media is wary of offending the Israel-supportive establishment. Mondoweiss shares the perspectives that are ignored or suppressed—the hundreds of stories of daily Palestinian suffering under a brutal Israeli military oppression. My first contribution to Mondoweiss was two years ago, and I am grateful as well as proud to have contributed over 100 articles since then.”
I’m proud that Mondoweiss shares Jonathan’s insights with the many readers who don’t have the time or language skills to review the Israeli press. Please give today to keep this kind of sophisticated analysis coming.
I’ll close this message by quoting historian Tom Suarez, whose most recent book is State of Terror: How Terrorism Created Modern Israel. Tom has written in Mondoweiss about pernicious efforts to silence and discredit not only Tom himself but many others questioning the myths Zionists have propagated for generations.
Tom writes, “Individually, we do what we can to make hairline cracks in the Orwellian bubble of the mainstream media. Mondoweiss has taken a sledgehammer to it.”
We are honored that Mondoweiss is a channel for Bob, Mersiha, Jonathan and Tom in their work to inform and mobilize the public around the globe. And we are proud that four donors have created a Challenge Fund as a vote of confidence in Mondoweiss, and a means of strengthening our efforts in the year to come. Our Challenge donors recognize the importance of A Thousand Voices for Truth. Please add your voice today by investing at any level to join in delivering the quality of news Palestine needs—and deserves.