Magazine article Washington Report on Middle East Affairs

Mondoweiss: A Profile in Courage

Magazine article Washington Report on Middle East Affairs

Mondoweiss: A Profile in Courage

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If you're looking for evidence of a crumbling of what most believe is an unassailable, monolithic pro-Israel Lobby, you need to read the acclaimed blog Mondoweiss ().

Writing and posting on a daily basis, the blog's author, Philip Weiss, along with his partner, Adam Horowitz, hits Israel's illegal occupation where it hurts-in the center of the American Jewish community. Mondoweiss is evidence that more and more American Jews are thinking twice about giving Israel their wholehearted, unquestioning support for the crimes it is committing in the territories it illegally occupies.

Coming from a background as a journalist, Weiss writes with a clarity that most of us, as writers, read with jealousy. He has the writing skills to tweak the pompous Israeli leadership as hard as he jabs pro-Zionist Jews here in America.

Weiss was born in Boston, Massachusetts, in 1955 to an academic family-his father was a college professor who taught microbiology at Johns Hopkins and Penn Universities. His parents were more concerned with making it in America than with supporting every action that Israel took-which meant that, although Weiss was exposed to Zionist thought by relatives and family friends, he was not brainwashed.

Weiss received a Bachelor's degree from Harvard College, then worked as a journalist for a couple of small alternative weekly newspapers in the Minneapolis, MN area. He also worked as a reporter in Philadelphia at the Daily News. For the next 25 years he was a free-lance magazine writer, writing for such magazines as the New York Times Sunday Magazine, Harpers, Esquire, Spy and others. He also has written two books: a political novel, and a true story about a murder in the Peace Corps that was covered up by the Peace Corps so as to avoid bad publicity.

When asked what brought him to an anti-Zionist state of mind, Weiss said three events came together, resulting in a shift of his thinking. The first was the 2003 death of Rachel Corrie, who was crushed to death by an Israel Defense Forces (IDF)-driven Caterpillar bulldozer as she tried to prevent the razing of a Palestinian home in Gaza. What brought home to Weiss the unfairness of the Israeli occupation was the cancellation of the play about Rachel Corrie in New York, and as well, the first article on the Israeli Lobby published by Professors John Mearsheimer and Stephen Walt. …

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