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Why I'm so proud to be a part of +972 Magazine

When we launched +972 in the summer of 2010, I did not quite realize what its impact would be — that we would soon find our articles quoted in State Department communiques and prominent media outlets like the New York Times and the Guardian; that diplomats and think tanks would invite our contributors to speak at high level events; and that we would break stories that moved the news cycle.

I still remember the first time we succeeded in moving the news cycle. On December 31, 2010, a Palestinian woman named Jawaher Abu Rahmeh, a healthy woman in her mid 30s, collapsed outside her Bil’in home after inhaling tear gas; she died later that day. The Israeli army spokesperson claimed she had had a pre-existing condition, and further insisted that the soldiers had not used any unusual crowd control tactics that day. The media published the army’s statement as fact.

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But several of us from +972 had been at that demonstration. We had seen that soldiers were using enormous quantities of tear gas, creating clouds that reduced visibility to nearly zero. We also knew that no reporter from any other Israeli media had been present at the protest, and that no-one had interviewed the Palestinian physician who attended Ms. Abu Rahmah at the hospital. We had photos of the tear gas clouds, and we obtained medical records from the hospital. We published our photos, the hospital records, and statements from the physician. Ultimately we forced the army to change its story, and the Israeli media had to acknowledge that none of its reports were based on firsthand information.

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Over the ensuing months and years, we continued to publish groundbreaking reports and analysis. +972 Magazine also became the only Israel-based, English-language media outlet to prominently feature Palestinians writing in their own voice about the events affecting their lives. Samer Badawi’s moving first-hand reports from Gaza during the 2014 war are a standout example of the kind of reporting that no other Israeli media outlet dares to publish.

I am extremely proud to be part of a collective where Palestinians and Jews write forcefully, without editorial censorship, about the critical issues that will decide what direction this land takes in the years to come.

After seven years of publishing as a volunteer collective, we have come to realize this is no longer a sustainable model. We need to pay our writers. And we want to hire a full-time native Arabic speaker to grow the number of Palestinian voices on our site. For this, we need money.

Earlier this month we launched an online campaign to raise $50,000. As of this writing we have raised over 75 percent of that goal. We have a week left. If you are in a position to make a donation, now is the time. As nearly everyone’s mother said at some point, “every little bit counts.”

Make +972 Magazine more sustainable: Donate here.

I know that you care about +972, and I am deeply appreciative of any support you can offer, whether it’s through a donation of your own or by taking the time to encourage your friends and relatives to make a donation. If you have any questions or ideas, please just ask. I’m here.

Happy holidays,

Lisa Goldman
Writer / Co-Founder
+972 Magazine

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+972 Magazine is owned by our bloggers and journalists, who are driven by passion and dedication to the causes we cover. But we still need to pay for editing, photography, translation, web design and servers, legal services, and more.

As an independent journalism outlet we aren’t beholden to any outside interests. In order to safeguard that independence voice, we are proud to count you, our readers, as our most important supporters. If each of our readers becomes a supporter of our work, +972 Magazine will remain a strong, independent, and sustainable force helping drive the discourse on Israel/Palestine in the right direction.

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    1. Itshak Gordin Halevy

      Please do not forget that for most Israelis you are traitors..

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      • Baladi Akka 1948

        Thanks for being here, you really do much on your own to make people realize how ugly Zionism is, in your case in its national-religious version.
        Though I sometimes wonder if you’re not a pro-Palestinian “infiltrator”

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    2. Charlie

      Why don’t you have one single Zionist writer? I972 may have no editorial censorship but for some reason, there seems to be no room for Zionist journalists in this magazine. Too bad… I’ll read Haaretz instead!

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      • Ben

        Why don’t you read +972 Magazine for a length of time and think about it and then understand things better and so write a better-framed question? Instead of reacting and going off in a huff to confine yourself to Haaretz and publications rightward for your intake of ‘Zionism’.

        Here’s the deal, Charlie. Leaving Haaretz aside for a minute, if one confines oneself to the Western liberal MSM plus Israeli papers such as the Jerusalem Post one will have actually no real idea what is going on in Israel-Palestine.

        If one adds Haaretz to that mix things improve considerably, but even then, in my experience, one gets only a partial and abstract idea of what is really going on.

        You have to read +972 Magazine/Local Call Magazine to get the real story. That is why +972 Magazine was founded by Israelis—they could see that the real stories they were seeing with their own eyes were never getting told, in Hebrew or English, but especially in English. Without hyperbole, I can say that +972 Magazine is indispensable.

        Instead of walking off, come on back, stick around, and consider donating to their current campaign to expand. Every donation counts. For the very reasons +972 Magazine is truly independent and truly indispensable, it needs support from its readers.

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