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Happy birthday to us! And thank you to all who value independent news and opinion about Palestine! Below are some highlights of Mondoweiss‘s first thirteen years. We had to work hard to fit so many meaningful moments into the space, so you may need to click on each image to see the text at full size. Below each image you can find links to many of the articles we found particularly memorable.

If you find meaning in the evolution of Mondoweiss as a news source–which we believe reflects the progress of Palestine’s struggle for liberation–please donate today so we can keep providing information in a timely and thoughtful way, to all who need it. If we can raise $13,000 by the end of March 28, 2019, a generous donor has offered to give another $13,000 to advance journalism that powers justice. Please contribute now so we can unlock that challenge gift!

Stories numbered above: 1–Church official from South Africa; 2–Cast Lead; 3A–Israel lobby; 3B–journalist’s awakening; 4–AIPAC; 5–Loewenstein.

Stories numbered above: 6A–Rosengarten and 6B–Lutz; 7–New York magazine; 8A–Tamari detention; 8B–State Department; 9–The boy on the horse; 10–Adelson.

Stories numbered above: 11–Washington Post; 12–Hass; 13A–Razan Al-Najjar and 13B–GMR archive.

Thanks for being with us on this journey, whether you started on the path many years ago or have joined recently. We are grateful for our readers, and we couldn’t continue without your support.

Tova Perlmutter

Tova Perlmutter is Mondoweiss’s Executive Director.

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  1. lonely rico on March 26, 2019, 5:31 pm

    Hi Tova,

    Thank you all at Mondoweiss for your diligence in pursuit of justice and peace in Palestine.
    I will certainly continue to support your oh so important work.

    Small bug:
    The two links –
    3A – Israel lobby
    3B – journalist’s awakening
    are non-functional (Error 404 Page not found)

  2. Generalist on March 27, 2019, 9:21 am

    Thank you, lonelyrico! I didn’t see your comment till now, but I’ll fix those links now!

  3. annie on March 28, 2019, 7:24 pm

    Hi Tova, just thought i’d mention, since i started volunteering about 5 or 6 years before you came on staff, you may not be aware i’ve written over 1000 posts or articles for mondoweiss, and drafted and edited thousands more for our incredible contributors over the years. i can’t recall when i formally came on staff, but i was doing a lot more than just commenting for years before that, and started writing in 2010. just thought i’d mention because it appears from this timeline i’ve been erased from MW history.

    • Sibiriak on March 29, 2019, 12:38 am

      Annie’s contributions here have been huge and greatly inspiring and cannot possibly be overstated.

      For me at least, she represents the very best of MW.

  4. RoHa on March 28, 2019, 10:09 pm

    “i’ve written over 1000 posts or articles for mondoweiss, and drafted and edited thousands more ”

    And still haven’t mastered the shift key.

  5. Generalist on March 29, 2019, 11:54 am

    Tova here. Annie and everyone, WE SCREWED UP!

    Phil had included Annie (and James North) in an early draft of his first message for the campaign, and I should have used that as a template for identifying staff add dates for the timeline. I didn’t.

    I am sorry, and I know others who reviewed this timeline are as well. We absolutely know and value Annie’s contributions to Mondoweiss, both past and present (and, I hope, future–despite this absurd, unkind error).

    I will get the correct info from Phil and fix the timeline above, and this discussion will serve to remind me of how even those with good intentions and (usually) competent execution can make boneheaded mistakes.

  6. philweiss on March 29, 2019, 12:08 pm

    I have an apology to make. In our haste putting together our appeals this week, the contributions of Annie Robbins and James North hit the cutting room floor. That’s inexcusable. This site wouldn’t be here without either of their contribution: that’s a simple truth. Both Annie and James have been rabbis to me. James has been my mentor for 40 years, Annie’s labor got us through the early years. The fact that they got in so early is no excuse for our failure. They’ve both been in my ear and I’ve been in theirs. Intimacy generates the feeling, ‘Well that’s obvious.’ But it’s no excuse. I’m ashamed that we didn’t convey this to readers.

    • annie on March 29, 2019, 12:49 pm

      thanks phil and tova. i was absolutely thinking about james too when i wrote my comment, but seeing as he’s not ever been formally recognized (for whatever reason, probably his inclination) i didn’t think it was my place to “out” him. so yeah of course…james…. i remember how hard that year was for you when he was gone. anyway, thanks.

      • Generalist on March 29, 2019, 12:54 pm

        Annie, thank you so much for your gracious acceptance of our regrets. Our apologies are a much better reflection of the actual state of affairs than our original oversight was.

      • annie on March 29, 2019, 2:15 pm

        you’re so sweet tova — and phil too. really, it’s all good. and thank you so much. mondoweiss has been a home to me during some tough times and i’ve met some of the best people ever here.. bracing ourselves for yet another pre election slaughter (please no) and very thankful we’ll have the resources for the new hiring(s).

      • RoHa on March 29, 2019, 11:15 pm

        Annie, the old lags here know of some of your efforts, and we appreciate them. I’m sure you did more than we are aware of.

        I have to say that I don’t really know what James North has contributed. Perhaps you can drag him out into the limelight.

      • Mooser on March 30, 2019, 11:21 am

        “Perhaps you can drag him out into the limelight.”

        Using the Mondo search box brings to light James North’s archive of articles.

      • annie on March 30, 2019, 11:58 am

        james’s author archives are here mooser

        see this little note

        Thanks to Donald Johnson, James North and Adam Horowitz.

        or take a look at all the quotes in this article w/no note:

        articles such as these often come about after an initial tip from a reader or friend or maybe tips from several people and between those tips and publication there could be a volley of easily 20 email exchanges and ideas back and forth. a lot goes into articles that a reader opens and consumes in 5 minutes. so when phil says james has been his mentor for 40 years that’s not something i would ever take lightly. it’s hard to explain. things get fast paced, there’s a lot going on in background. sometimes adam catches wind and reels in someone to write about an event that just happened. a lot of it is still over my head how it all comes together but it’s not like everything always just arrives and lands on the pages lickety-split. there’s been a lot of team effort over the years and james has been a big part of that, that’s all. that probably won’t change and i don’t ever expect to see james in the limelight. that’s all folks.

      • Mooser on March 30, 2019, 12:49 pm

        “James’s author archives are here mooser “

        I just can’t get that text-linking thing right.

      • annie on March 30, 2019, 2:57 pm

        huh? text linking? at the base of every article under the author’s bio it says “Other posts by xxxx” if you click on that embed you will find all of the posts ever written by that author. for example, on this page by tova under her bio it says “Other posts by Tova Perlmutter.” click on it — it goes here:

      • Mooser on March 30, 2019, 5:37 pm

        “huh? text linking?”

        In my 11:21 am comment the words “search box” were, hopefully, linked to James North’s archive.

      • RoHa on March 31, 2019, 1:15 am

        Thanks for those links.

        James has been a busy lad, hasn’t he? Definitely deserving of top billing.

      • annie on March 31, 2019, 1:31 am

        a busy fellow RoHa

        In my 11:21 am comment the words “search box” were, hopefully, linked to James North’s archive.

        mooser, no, they were not. i don’t know what the mondoweiss search box is. i just know there are about 20 links on that page, iow, not representative (i think they are the articles james is mentioned in vs the ones he writes. by the same token see this vs phil’s archive page: one is 1 page of articles, the other is over 500 pages, each with about 30 articles).

        i would follow my earlier advice: for example, on this page by tova under her bio it says “Other posts by Tova Perlmutter.” click on it . to be more explicit, scroll up and find tova’s bio on the page:

        About Tova Perlmutter
        Tova Perlmutter is Mondoweiss’s Director of Development and Outreach, Tova’s responsibility is to increase income, but also to help connect the members of our community in useful and rewarding ways.

        Other posts by Tova Perlmutter.

        can you see that? the embed in tova’s name? click on it, find it on the page above. that is how you find an authors archives. just try it. here’s an article by james. see if you can find his archive link on the page under his bio following these same instructions:

        good luck.

      • Mooser on March 31, 2019, 12:54 pm

        “mooser, no, they were not.”

        No text links work in “100 Most Recent Comments” column, but the words seem to be linked on the page.

        “i don’t know what the mondoweiss search box is.”

        For what it’s worth, it’s the little magnifying-glass icon in the topmost blue strip, second from the right. Takes some adept mousing to keep it open, but it does work!

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