Sorry to put the question so baldly, but how much is the ground-breaking work I did here in the past year worth to you? How much support have you given or can you give to enable me to continue doing such work? If you value exposing the dirty little secrets of Israeli intelligence and you value upholding the remnants of Israeli democracy that remain. If you value peace in the Middle East and hold firm to the notion that war will make the region explode in conflagration: then I’m asking you to step forward and support this vision.
As a regular reader of this blog, here’s what you get: my portrayal of the drama unfolding in the Middle East which could lead to democratic transformation or totalitarian collapse. I not only expose hitherto unknown stories and break gag orders, but I scan the Israeli media and translate and report stories that never see the light of day in English language media. At this blog, you will find perhaps the broadest and most current collection of Israeli social analysis translated from Hebrew sources on an everyday basis. I report the hell out of stories which will get at best, glancing coverage at more mainstream sites.
In 2011, for the first time since I began this blog in 2003, I broke into the mainstream with front page profiles in the NY Times and Seattle Times and every major Israeli newspaper (except one…you guessed it: Haaretz). I was interviewed regularly on Israeli TV and interviewed by the BBC and by foreign outlets too numerous to mention. I also began contributing regularly to Truthout.
Here are some of the major stories I broke here in the past year, stories that might never have seen the light of day were it not for this blog. As you review the list, I hope you’ll think about how important these stories were to you and to the political discourse about the Israel-Arab conflict:
1. The Dirar Abusisi kidnapping which exposed collusion among the Mossad, Hamas, Jordanian and Ukrainian intelligence services to nab a Palestinian engineer and frame him for his alleged knowledge of Gilad Shalit’s whereabouts–Gabriel Gatehouse did a 30 minute BBC documentary which further exposed the case.
2. My collaboration with Shamai Leibowitz to reveal Israel’s secret campaign to demonize Iran in the U.S., which resulted in the FBI translator’s arrest and imprisonment.
3. The arrest of Dor Oved for serial death threats against Peace Now protesters. I also broke the gag order which protected the identity of his father, Shachar, a Shin Bet officer.
4. The charges of rape against Channel 2 TV reporter Yoav Even, which still remain under gag thanks to a willing Israeli judge.
5. The exposure of Israeli police officer, Meir Rotter (and son of major Israeli web portal owner, Rabbi Yeshaiya Rotter), for publicly calling for vandalism and violence against Sheikh Jarrah protesters.
6. The exposure of the collusion between Standwithus and the Israeli foreign ministry in bringing lawsuits against U.S. companies (i.e. Olympia food coop) endorsing BDS.
7. The Mossad-MEK black ops campaign to destabilize Iran’s military and nuclear research program including the missile base explosion which caused 40 deaths.
8. I offered the broadest coverage of any English language media outlet of the harshly critical views of former Mossad chief Meir Dagan toward an Israeli attack on Iran, which may’ve singlehandedly prevented or delayed an Israeli strike.
9. I offered some of the strongest critical analysis available of U.S. government claims of an Iranian plot to assassinate the Saudi ambassador.
10. I offered a broad-ranging critique of Anders Breivik’s anti-Muslim manifesto before it was widely available in the media, and accused Jewish anti-jihadis like Pam Geller of being fellow travellers in his hate campaign.
11. Tikun Olam was the first English language source to identify Israeli Orthodox rabbis calling for putting Israeli Palestinians citizens in concentration camps.
12. I first reported that the IDF lied in claiming the Eilat terror attackers were Gazan, and I further wrote that the killing campaign in revenge against Gaza was based on a cynical fraud.
13.The failure of the historic preservation campaign to preserve California’s Jackling House, which Steve Jobs destroyed a few months before his death. Nonetheless, we fought the good fight.
14. The victory in my libel defense against pro-Israel activist, Rachel Neuwirth.
15. I criticize Israeli and American Jewish journalists when warranted for their timid, defensive coverage of the Israeli-Arab conflict, including the NY Times’ Ethan Bronner and Tom Friedman, and Haaretz reporters as well.
16. I reported the most comprehensive list of members of the largest Aipac Congressional delegation to visit Israel and sharply rebutted Jesse Jackson Jr.’s false assault on the Palestinians for adopting violence over non-violence in their national struggle, winning me a smear from J Street.
17. I broke a gag on reporting the story of Border Policewoman Shani Sevilla, who cocked her weapon in the ear of a blindfolded Palestinian boy and pulled the trigger it in order to frighten him. She was convicted for her act of abuse.
18. Widespread settler violence and sexual assault against Israeli peace activists at settlements like Anatot, Jalud and elsewhere along with my translation of eyewitness testimony to the savage attacks against female protesters.
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UPDATE: Thanks to all those who’ve contributed nearly $1,000 to support this blog in the past two days. I’m very grateful that you’ve shown your commitment to supporting peace, justice and democracy in Israel and the Middle East. Please keep those donations coming!