Philip Weiss

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Philip Weiss
ResidenceCold Spring, New York[1]
OccupationJournalist, Writer
Known forCreator and co-editor of Mondoweiss with Adam Horowitz
Spouse(s)Cynthia Kling[2]

Philip Weiss is an American journalist who co-edits Mondoweiss ("a news website devoted to covering American foreign policy in the Middle East, chiefly from a progressive Jewish perspective")[3] with journalist Adam Horowitz.[3][4] Weiss describes himself as an anti-Zionist and rejects the label "post-Zionist."[5]


Weiss is the author of the novel Cock-a-Doodle-Doo (1996)[6] and the non-fiction book American Taboo: A Murder In The Peace Corps (2004).[7] He co-edited The Goldstone Report: The Legacy of the Landmark Investigation of the Gaza Conflict (2011) with Adam Horowitz and Lizzy Ratner.[8]

Weiss has written for New York magazine,[9] Harper's,[10] Esquire, and The New York Observer.[11][12]

In 2006 he began writing a daily blog called Mondoweiss for The New York Observer website which began to focus only on "Jewish issues" like "the Iraq disaster and my Jewishness, Zionism, neo-conservatism, Israel, Palestine." In the spring of 2007, he began Mondoweiss as an independent blog.[13][14]

Allegations of antisemitism[edit]

Weiss and his website have been accused of antisemitism. According to Elliot Kaufman, writing in The Stanford Review, Mondoweiss "often publishes astonishingly anti-Semitic material, using classic anti-Semitic imagery such as depicting Jews as spiders, cockroaches, or octopuses with tentacles controlling others, and Holocaust inversion. Its hatred of Israel is as deep as it is vicious."[15]

In 2015, David Bernstein, writing for The Washington Post, called the website a "hate site", and listed quotes from Weiss that he asserted were anti-Semitic. This included Weiss's claim that "the Israel lobby ... reflected a contract the American establishment had made with Jews to drive the economy in the 1970s",[16] which Bernstein likened to a belief in an "Elders of Zion type group".


  • 1996: Cock-a-Doodle-Doo[1]
  • 2004: American Taboo: A Murder In The Peace Corps[17][18]
  • 2011: The Goldstone Report: The Legacy of the Landmark Investigation of the Gaza Conflict, by Adam Horowitz, Lizzy Ratner, Philip Weiss, Naomi Klein, et al.[19]


  1. ^ a b "Cool Cynic: Philip Weiss". Entertainment Weekly. 30 June 1995.
  2. ^ "Mondo Weiss". Tablet. 20 January 2011.
  3. ^ a b About: Mondowiess
  4. ^ Phil Weiss at Mondoweiss.
  5. ^ Philip Weiss, "I'm gonna wave my freak flag high (why I say I'm an 'Anti-Zionist,' not a 'Post-Zionist')", Mondoweiss blog, January 10, 2009.
  6. ^ Philip Weiss, Cock-a-Doodle-Doo, St. Martin's Press, March 1996, ISBN 0312141009 ISBN 978-0312141004
  7. ^ Publisher Harper Collins web page on Philip Weiss, American Taboo: A Murder In The Peace Corps, 2004.
  8. ^ Philip Weiss, Adam Horowitz, Lizzy Ratner, The Goldstone Report: The Legacy of the Landmark Investigation of the Gaza Conflict, Nation Books , January 11, 2011, ISBN 1568586418 ISBN 978-1568586410
  9. ^ Philip Weiss at New York magazine.
  10. ^ Philip Weiss at Harper's magazine.
  11. ^ Biography from Harper Collins
  12. ^ Philip Weiss at New York Observer.
  13. ^ Philip Weiss, Blogging about Israel and Jewish identity raises Observer hackles, The American Conservative, June 4, 2007.
  14. ^ Kaufman, Eliot (12 April 2016). "Stanford's Most Radical Professor Strikes Again". The Stanford Review. Retrieved 13 April 2016.
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  16. ^ Bob Shacochis, Nonfiction: "American Taboo" by Philip Weiss Review of American Taboo, July 20, 2004.
  17. ^ Peter Godwin, "A Cold Case". Review of American Taboo in The New York Times Book Review, June 27, 2004.
  18. ^ Publisher's Weekly review

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