Support Tikun Olam
Every year I write this post asking for readers to step forward and support the efforts I put into this blog to light a fire under Israel’s Occupation regime and hold it accountable for its deeds and misdeeds.
In the past year, the most important expose I published was the Iran war plan prepared by the IDF for Israel’s political leadership arguing that an attack on Iran would be the Israeli version of Shock and Awe. My scoop was picked up by the BBC World Service and Der Spiegel. Even more significantly, in addressing my report no Israeli government representative denied its authenticity.
A sign of the damage this report did to the official Israeli narrative endorsing plans to attack Iran, was an assault directed against this site only three weeks later by Semion Kras, an Israeli rightist who works for IBM Global Services as a network administrator. Pointedly, David Lange, who writes Israellycool and who admitted to contact with (and likely encouragement of) the hacker, has not denied my ID of Kras.
UPDATE: In the paragraph above I wrote that David Lange had contacted Semion Kras. In reality, it was a contributing author of Lange’s blog who had these contacts and boasted about them in Lange’s blog. Regardless of this, I would think Lange’s Israeli employer, technology giant SAP, might still find it troubling that his blog celebrates the hack of my website, which after all is an illegal act in Israel and the U.S.
There are two reasons why it’s important to support this blog: first there are significant expenses associated with administering it. Just the server costs for switching to a far more secure web host went up ten times after the hack. The second reason is to associate yourself with my work in a tangible way. In other words, put your money where your values are.
The most compelling Jewish reason to support this blog is the concept of tzedakah, a word that derives from the Hebrew root, justice. Philanthropy is not just charity, something elected to be given out of the goodness of one’s heart. No, tzedakah is an obligation, just as doing justice and making the world better and whole is a firm ethical commitment.
For the first time, donors may make tax-deductible contributions via WePay thanks to the site’s new fiscal sponsor, Media Island International. My hope is that this will encourage even more of you to donate and give even larger gifts when you do. If donations via Paypal are more convenient, you may click on either the Donate or Subscribe buttons in the sidebar to give that way.
Finally, not everyone can donate money. If you can’t there are other ways to help. The work of building up a blog, credibility and a reputation is incremental. Every tweet, every link to a social media account, every new subscriber (there are well over 1,000 of you) and reader helps get the message to a wider audience. Please do whatever you can to help in whatever way you can.