2012 in review: What we did and what to expect

Mr. Thank You Giraffe

Few things give us more pleasure than being able to say we accomplished big things. What started off as a small hobby has turned into something so much larger. More people have turned to the blog this year than in the previous years combined and as happy as we are to grow and to provide you with unique coverage of Palestine, we remain indebted to you for your support.

The year 2012 has been good to us. Here’s a list of highlights followed by a short list of what to expect in the coming year.

  • Wedad Yassin’s moving account about how she was denied entry to the West Bank became one of the site’s most popular pieces. Wedad was separated from her family and eventually forced to cut her trip short and return to the United States.
  • Thanks to the sharp observations of two of our readers, we brought attention to a demeaning and insensitive “Turban Primer” published just after a shooting in a Sikh house of worship left six dead. The post went viral and many complaints were lodged against the newspapers that ran the image.

We hope the coming year will be even more productive. Here’s a quick look at some of the things we have planned for 2013.

  • An emphasis on Palestinian cuisine, culture, and tradition (with additional emphasis on one particular dish)
  • A critical and constructive look at the neglect and double standard faced by Palestinian journalists in relation to their American and European counterparts
  • Contests and giveaways
  • Book and film reviews

Again, thank you so much for standing with us. We will continue to strive to democratize the discourse, to creatively channel our frustration with the status quo, and to attach deep appreciation and a human face to a people regularly ignored in the global arena.

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