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December 2019

The top 10 Mondoweiss stories of 2019

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Mondoweiss' Top Stories of 2019

Our top 10 stories in 2019 focused on BDS, the Democratic Party primary, Trump’s thus far secret Deal Of The Century peace plan, and the ongoing daily oppression of the Palestinian people. Hopefully 2020 will see justice for the Palestinian people. Let’s make it happen.

The ICC will likely throw out Palestine’s case for war crimes, Norman Finkelstein says

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Norman Finkelstein says that the International Criminal Court crossed a “Rubicon” when it announced a formal investigation of Israeli war crimes in Gaza and its ongoing settlement project, but that the ICC will likely use a technicality, that Palestine has no standing as a state, to throw out the case. The real battle will be in public opinion, and the case may help force the reckoning inside the Democratic Party.

The last decade brought the conflict to the U.S., and that is progress

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Rep. Rashida Tlaib addressing the House of Representatives on H.Res.326.

The assault on BDS in the US and the rise of Democratic Party organizations to support Israel are evidence of the progress on the Palestine issue in the U.S. in the last decade. At last the matter is politicized. Some Democratic pols openly support Palestinian rights. This is where the struggle really needs to be, in Washington; and we can thank Benjamin Netanyahu and Bari Weiss for the damage they’ve done to their own cause.

Today, you can make a difference for justice in Palestine

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How often can you look at the 24 hours to come, and know for a fact that you can contribute to a better world? Today, you can. We invite you to join us in spreading the word about injustice and oppression in Palestine, in order to build public demand for urgently needed change. With just hours to go, I hope you will help us claim the $100,000 match by investing now in Mondoweiss’s continued growth and effectiveness.

MuzzleWatch: Israel-based Facebook effort targets Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib

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Representative Rashida Tlaib and Representative Ilhan Omar

MuzzleWatch is a new Mondoweiss column that will focus on attempts to silence the voices, actions, and campaigns working for justice in Israel and Palestine. In the first installment, Rob Lipton looks at how Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib have been targeted by a “vast international operation” that leverages Facebook far-right pages to “inflame Islamophobia for profit.”

The ChangeMakers defying the Israeli prison system who inspire me

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My message to you today is a tribute to the strength and persistence of Palestinians and their allies everywhere. Those who protest, those who survive—and yes, even those who die in prison—deserve to have their stories told for the world to mourn and demand change. If you agree that it is our duty to shout these stories from the rooftops, I ask respectfully for your support of Mondoweiss’s journalism. We have one day left to meet the $100,000 challenge.

To tell you the truth, I didn’t know where I was born

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Jonathan Ofir reflects upon his youth and Zionist indoctrination in Israel. He first thought he was born in Israel, but then realised he was born in Palestine. It is painful to make that declaration but it is a necessary liberation.

A secular Palestinian’s Hanukkah 2019 message

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A Jewish Voice for Peace graphic for their Deadly Exchange campaign. (Image: Jewish Voice for Peace)

Nada Elia reflects on the the complexities of the rise in antisemitism we are currently seeing in the United States. “More than ever before, as hatred sweeps this country, we must be the ones who protect each other,” Elia writes.

Jeremy Corbyn’s visit to Tunisia cemetery exemplifies defamation campaign against him

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Jeremy Corbyn’s appearance at the Tunis cemetery, remembering 72 killed by Israel in 1985 terrorist attack, was quite consistent with his decades-long condemnation of all bigotry and violence, and was one of his many unforgivable humanizations of Palestinians. He refused to adopt the mandatory fictions that Israel only kills civilians accidentally and only kills at all in self-defense

A decade in review: Palestinians who stood out, and took a stand, over the last 10 years

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Palestinian protester hurls stones towards Israeli forces during clashes on the border between Israel and the Gaza Strip, in al-Bureij in the center of Gaza Strip on April 18, 2018. (Photo: Ashraf Amra/APA Images)

In most of the stories Mondoweiss has reported since 2010 – of popular resistance movements, boycott campaigns, and the strength of the human spirit — more often than not, there were brave Palestinians at the helm, risking everything for a brighter future for their people. Here are just a few of the Palestinian changemakers that stood out to us this past decade.

Imagine more radical possibilities: I hope you’re as inspired as I am by Jafar’s vision

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Yarden Katz translated a discussion in Tel Aviv between Palestinian activist Jafar Farah and Jewish activists Yael Barda and Meron Rapoport. Jafar gave brilliant rejoinders to a challenge from the audience–and his delivery of those words, in that Israeli-Jewish forum, was in itself a powerful act. But Jafar was also reminding us to also imagine more radical possibilities for the region as a whole.

Jews are safe ‘walking around the West Village’ only because Israel exists — Bari Weiss of ‘NYT’

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ews are only safe walking around the West Village because Israel exists, and it’s “insane” not to understand this, says Bari Weiss of the NYT. She also says Jewish donors should stop giving money to “prestige” schools so as to fight for Israel. “The idea that there are very wealthy Jews giving their money to places that actively employ antisemitic professors is astonishing to me,” she says.

They do endure, and they do overcome: alerting the world to those working for justice

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Palestine correspondent Yumna Patel writes: “When an international group that monitored human rights violations in Hebron was forced to leave, a group of Palestinian activists formed their own team of observers. ChangeMakers like these brave civilians keep me inspired in my reporting and motivated to tell their stories. Because we need to keep informing the world about their work, I’m asking you to make a contribution to Mondoweiss today. Your gift will help unlock a $100,000 challenge fund to expand and sustain our reporting.”

The captain returns: Gaza fisherman home after 18 months in an Israeli prison

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Suhail al-Amoudi with his grandson Mohammed after returning home.

A largely forgotten casualty of the Great Return March protests in the Gaza Strip quietly returned home in November after serving 18 months in an Israeli prison. Suhail al-Amoudi, 58, was the captain in the Freedom Boats 2, commanding one of three vessels in a flotilla that sought to break the Israeli naval blockade around Gaza.