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A personal message from the +972 team

 

Dear Reader,

After Operation Cast Lead, it became impossible to read the news.

The gap between conversations my friends and colleagues were having and the story being told by mainstream news outlets was unbridgeable. People around the world were getting one sliver of the story, while the most critical elements were missing. Something had to be done.

So a group of us — journalists and bloggers, most of whom were already writing in English on our own blogs — got together and came up with the idea that became +972 Magazine. We wanted to create a platform that would amplify progressive voices coming out of Israel and Palestine and make sure that they were heard throughout the world.

We started with seven writers and no more than a few hundred readers a day;

By the second year, we were being quoted by some of the top newspapers and the site had been visited by tens of thousands readers the world over – US, Europe, Canada, the Arab world, and right here in Israel/Palestine;

Now, as we begin our fourth year, the +972 collective includes over 20 journalists, bloggers and photographers. The site offers platform for dozens of Israeli, Palestinian and international contributors.  Thanks to support from readers like you, we’ve been able to hire a lean and expert staff to edit and promote our content and we’ve re-launched the site with a ton of new features, among them channels focusing on culture, on social and economic issues, a photography blog, a channel focusing on asylum seekers and migrant workers, and much more.

Altogether, we have published nearly 4,000 articles, providing a critical political, social, and economic analysis of what’s gong on in Israel and Palestine to the millions of people that visit the site — including diplomats, activists, civil society servants, and others whose work directly influences the issues +972 covers. This is our community – you are the ecosystem within which we operate.

Now it’s time to take +972 to the next level. In order to continue expanding our activities and stay completely independent we need the support of the +972 community — readers, like you, who understand the critical role that +972 plays. 

Next year, we’re planning to launch a Hebrew channel, aiming to bring unheard stories to our Hebrew-speaking readers – issues like Palestinian nonviolence that receive little to no coverage in the local news sites; at the same time, we will expand our English-language coverage, adding voices from underrepresented communities and covering stories which most of the media chooses to ignore.

To achieve all that and more, we need your help. The best way to give is to become a monthly supporter of our site, using the button below. You can also make a one-time donation at this link. Other support options and frequently asked questions are answered here.





Your feedback is just as important to us. Please contact me directly at noam@972mag.com with any thoughts, ideas or questions. You will find contact information for all our bloggers on their channels, and you can contact the site’s editors at info@972mag.com

Yours,
Noam Sheizaf
CEO
+972 Magazine

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  • COMMENTS

    1. If you represent both Jewish & Palestinian voices, why do you only have Palestinian colors?

      Since I started to read 972 a few months ago, my support for Israel has deepened. I also have sympathy for the Palestinians and think the lousy leadership has kept alive myths like law of return.

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      • +972 category colors include red, green, blue and yellow. the previous design also had purple. Nothing political here.

        The reason you get to see green and red more is due to the high frequency of the news (red) and analysis (green) posts. We never thought of anything political here until some (few) people claimed that we wanted our site to have something to do with the Palestinian flag (just as some people think that the site’s name is too Israeli, since the area code for the PA is (also) 970. No message here too.)

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      • miriam6

        RoR

        I think the Palestinian leadership know the right of return if implemented cannot ever be more than a token gesture

        But how to sell that difficult reality to their own people ?

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      • TheAZCowBoy

        Why does ‘bloody’ Israel not have red on its flag?

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    2. Dave

      Donated! Keep up the good work.

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    3. sowhat

      The German government cut your funding? Time to get of the Green Party server.

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    4. Boxthorn

      You don’t seem to have much imagination with the ads on your website-just the generic adchoice type ads.

      Maybe you should also contact websites like American Free Press and the IHR. I’m sure they ‘d be glad to help you.

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    5. Rico

      Why don’t you use flattr. People can flattr every article and you get a monthly share of their spendings. http://flattr.com/

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    6. Gideon (not Levy)

      with 20 odd reporters and commentators 972 productivity is very low. Compare to Haaretz!

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    7. charles-jerusalem

      You guys focused on a specific market: the market of demolishing Israel’s image. It is a one sided image is response to the other one sided images provided by other Israeli media, OK.
      I have been reading articles on your blog for quiet some time and I have very rarely read any positive words about Israel. Despite all what you say about Israel, I still think that the picture that you provide of Israel is incomplete.
      Don’t forget that Israel is at war with ennemies who want to kill it. This is the official education received by our ennemies, there are ferocious and barbaric (refer to Syria, Hamas,name it,…) and the ennemy will make peace only if there is no other solution for him.
      So I will go on reading you but I will not finance you.

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      • Romy

        You are so mean…I don’t mean to oppose on your opinion towards the +972 folks but if you assume yourself as a Palestinian what would you feel? I don’t think they are just trying to run the image of Israel..I am a believer of Jesus and I am His child and i read the bible. But everything that God has made he made it with love to His people and by means of sharing through kindness is an act of love to your fellow man….I think that Israel I taking too much of the Palestine grounds more of an earthly desire..God is watching…have you ever thought of Gods word about the rich? He said that rich people will have the difficulty to enter His kingdom….I think you should know more about Gods word….one more thing….the bloggers only need the people to help Palestine and not to destroy Israel.

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    8. I understand that almost all 972 folks do their work as volunteers. They can’t do this full time.

      Keep up the good work, and say “No, Thanks” to the (un)friendly advice from grumpy Hasbaraoids in this comment section :)

      At this time, a good Israeli news source, such as 972, must challenge Israel’s policies, of racism, occupation and apartheid.

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    9. Romilyn

      There +972 folks I want to help by at least donating some but I am not earning dollars I am working here in Dubai and my earning are in dirhams I hope there’s another way that I can help.

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