In the past year, with the help of you, my readers, and new friends of this site who’ve helped me break major stories censored within Israel, Tikun Olam has broken new ground. It has gone where few other blogs have gone. My Israeli sources and I revealed Anat Kamm’s secret arrest and detention. We did the same regarding Ameer Makhoul. We told Israel and the world that the toturer known to Israelis only as “Captain George,” was the flesh and blood Doron Zahavi. We revealed with the help of the Operation Cast Lead Dirty 200 list that Lt. Col. Yehuda HaCohen was under investigation for approving the killing of a Palestinian mother and daughter who were walking under white flag. Most recently, I reported that an Iranian general and former deputy defense minister is being held incommunicado in an Israeli prison.
The world is starting to take notice. There have been profiles in two Israeli media outlets. Readership is up 50% over last year. The blog is ranked 9,000 among all blogs read in Israel in addition to its readership in many Arab states as well.
I know you think fighting the good fight for peace and justice and Israeli democracy is worthwhile. Otherwise, you wouldn’t be here. But now I’m asking you to do more. I appreciate every one of my readers, even those who disagree with me. But you must become more than a reader or commenter. You must become a donor, a financial supporter. There is no George Soros funding my research. No Nation Institute. Not even plum writing assignments for glossy magazines (or ANY magazines!). Comment is Free won’t touch this. Not even Al Jazeera English. Not The Nation, nor The American Prospect, nor Haaretz. As far as they are concerned we are voices crying out in the wilderness.
You are my mainstay. You know how cutting edge this reporting is, even if the rest of the progressive media doesn’t quite recognize it (yet, dare I say?). So please, in this season of giving, of thankfulness, of spiritual contemplation, be as generous as you can on behalf of my efforts to light a very dark corner of the world. Give $100 if you can. But don’t stop there. If you can give more, give $500 or even $1,000.
One of the greatnesses of the Hebrew language is that the word tzedek (“justice”) is found in the word tzedakah (“charity”). There can be no true justice without a financial commitment to make justice. In the Jewish tradition, giving tzedakah is not voluntary, it is not optional. It is as important as the most important mitzvah (“good deed”). It is a duty, one that isn’t onerous, but rather welcomed. It is truly an honor to give tzedakah and the one who gives it is blessed many times over.
So I ask you to use the Paypal button to make a gift. Or if you want 100% of your gift to support my work, send me an e mail and I’ll send you my mailing address. And further, don’t wait till these appeals to give. I urge you to consider making regular gifts if possible to sustain this work that I do 7 days a week, 365 days a year.