- Because I want U.S. elected officials to know the truth and be held accountable.
- Because mainstream media shared virtually no voices of those who risked all to join the Great March of Return. But Mondoweiss did.
- Because people like Dareen Tatour and Susan Abulhawa—punished by Israel for exercising basic human rights—need and deserve for their experiences to be shouted from the rooftops. And Mondoweiss does.
- Because the ongoing colonization of Palestine means hundreds of thousands of human beings have had their homes and lives destroyed. A people—imprisoned, exiled, demonized—suffer atrocities every day. And we must spread accurate, detailed information until the public refuses to tolerate the status quo.
These are all reasons why Mondoweiss is essential, and why I ask you now, Mondoweiss reader, to invest in our necessary, unique coverage of Palestine and the movement for its freedom.
For me personally, there is a more basic reason I value Mondoweiss. The bottom line for me is that Mondoweiss was vital in changing my thinking. Mondoweiss freed me from tribalism and whataboutery. Mondoweiss helped me get beyond the assumption that Palestine news in the New York Times was reliable and fair.
Long before I ever imagined joining the Mondoweiss team, I was part of its target audience. And my story—a journey to solidarity over just a few years—is evidence that presenting accurate news, day in and day out, can convert people and help move the world to the necessary tipping point.
I’m ashamed to admit how resolutely I used to close my eyes to Israel’s crimes. I used to be one of so many people who shake their heads in muted distress about prospects for “peace in the Middle East” (such a euphemism!). Like so many others, I avoided all avenues to understanding the power dynamics, the history and the fundamental human rights being trampled in Palestine.
There were many people who helped open my eyes, and I am grateful to each of them, most especially my Palestinian friends in and around Detroit. But without a doubt Mondoweiss too was critical to my awakening. I learned and changed due to the sheer volume, consistency and quality — credible sources and thoughtful explanation — of the site’s articles, photos, and analysis.
So I am writing to you now not only as part of the leadership team at Mondoweiss, but as just one example of the power of this tool for justice. I spend my days working to raise the visibility of this work, because I know firsthand that quality journalism makes a difference.
Over the next few weeks, we’ll highlight some stories that show Mondoweiss’s unique contribution in 2018. Today, I want to point out Rémi Brulin’s article, “The remarkable disappearing act of Israel’s car-bombing campaign in Lebanon.” This is the quality of journalism and analysis you and other readers deserve. This is the kind of information the world needs.
I think you already know quite well the difference Mondoweiss can make, and you believe in the importance of growing its impact. So I’ll just close by asking you again to help us reach more people — more of those straining to keep their eyes closed, as I used to.
Ultimately, Mondoweiss fosters change one story, one video, one reader at a time. Please help us take one more step forward today.
P.S. Your gift today in any amount makes a real difference. And I know, because Mondoweiss’s work was vital in changing me.