The Electronic Intifada “has assumed a … central place in the anti-Israel propaganda war.”
– The Forward, March 16, 2012.
Those words from Michael Kotzin, a former top executive at a well-known Israel lobby group earlier this year, made us smile.
We wouldn’t put it quite like he did, but Kotzin’s words confirm the huge impact we’ve had – thanks to our readers – combating Israeli government propaganda and reporting the truth about Palestine.
We need you to help us reach even more people in 2013 by supporting The Electronic Intifada’s independent journalism with a donation today.
You can help the truth about Palestine reach more people than ever
The vital importance of the support of readers like you was only too clear during Israel’s recent savage attack on Gaza.
For eight days and nights in November, Israel targeted homes, mosques, public buildings, media organizations and even totally destroyed the headquarters of the Palestinian National Paralympics Committee with 1,500 airstrikes that killed more than 170 persons and injured a thousand.
As usual, world leaders made their excuses about Israel’s “right to self-defense” against an impoverished, besieged, defenseless and largely refugee population. And as usual, mainstream media fed us false “balance” that equated occupier with occupied, blamed the victims, ignored history and minimized the suffering and voices of Palestinians.
But something was different this time.
The Electronic Intifada broke all records since we started in 2001, exceeding our typical readership by 1,000 percent! Over those eight days, almost half a million people turned to The Electronic Intifada for vital on-the-ground reporting and our eyes-wide-open analysis.
We held the media accountable by exposing and correcting biased reporting, and we busted hoaxes and propaganda.
We told the stories of every day people with lively articles, powerful photostories and exclusive podcasts. And through The Electronic Intifada, Palestinians spoke for themselves.
The number of people reading The Electronic Intifada has doubled since last year, which means we’re now reaching thousands more individuals every day with hard-hitting news about Palestine.
Our readers include the most engaged activists, students, educators, journalists, diplomats and human rights defenders – an ever-growing community of people who are passionate about the cause of justice in Palestine.
They use the information we publish to mobilize, motivate and educate others, so that our influence – and yours – is felt everywhere that people are working to bring justice in Palestine.
Agence France Presse ranked us as the most influential “digital diplomats” on Twitter on the topic of Palestine of any publication!
And all year, we were contacted by journalists from major and independent media all over the world eager to get our perspectives or to seek our help finding people in Palestine and beyond who could share their experiences and views.
But we can do all this only because readers like you give us the resources we need to do it.
To make sure we can pay our writers, editors and photographers and keep our servers buzzing, our goal is to raise $150,000 by December 31st. We can do it if every person who values this work gives whatever they can.
Please Donate now, and you’ll see the impact of your gift as we shine a light on Palestine all year long.
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Highlights from 2012
When the media were ignoring the epic hunger strikes of Palestinian political prisoners, we helped bring them to world attention.
We reported how bogus allegations of anti-Semitism intended to silence criticism of Israel create a real climate of fear for Arab and Muslim students in the United States.
We covered the international Palestine solidarity movement that’s getting stronger, despite efforts to suppress it.
We introduced our readers to Palestine’s vibrant arts and culture, with book and movie reviews, multimedia features on literature, music and hip-hop, and women who are reviving and renewing Palestine’s traditional crafts.
Our reporter was in the courtroom in Haifa when Rachel Corrie’s parents heard the unjust verdict absolving the Israeli state of their daughter’s killing.
We exclusively exposed how foreign firms are gaining a legal foothold in Palestinian Authority-sponsored West Bank industrial zones that allows them to override the rights of Palestinian farmers and workers.
We challenged slanted media coverage, including exposing the anti-Palestinian and Islamophobic incitement to violence and conflicts of interest by newly-hired Guardian columnist Joshua Treviño (he called for unarmed activists to be killed!), leading to his dismissal.
Throughout the year we busted Israeli propaganda hoaxes and challenged the Israeli government’s efforts to deceive the public.