Major Contribution to the Peace Process

Dear Sirs,
Your journal impresses me as an outstanding achievement, with articles containing vivid and well-documented details within a broad and well¬-balanced perspective.
Above all, it seems to me that your journal makes a major intellectual contribution to the peace process at this crucial time, by broadening and deepening our understanding of not only its political, but also its cultural, psychological and economic dimensions.

Dankwart A. Rustow
Distinguished Professor of Political Science and Sociology
CUNY Graduate School, New York

Not My Voice

Dear Sirs,
When Daniel Gavron told me that this journal was about to be pub¬lished, I immediately wrote a check for a subscription, sight unseen. It was that important to me.
Now, two years later, I am increasingly angry and hurt at what it has become. I thought the journal would represent the voice of progressive Palestinians and Israelis. Instead, it represents the voice of half the pro¬gressive Palestinians and Israelis. Not my voice.
The most recent issue (Vol. II, No.1) was the height of male power-hog¬ging: 20 out of 21 articles written by men (the exception being a brief report of an opinion survey). Not even the book, theater or film review were in the voice of a woman; nor the books, plays or films that were reviewed; not even, amazingly, the two poems.
Aren't you embarrassed, if not ashamed, about this? You care deeply about the rights of Palestinians, as you should - the principle of 50-50 is quite evident throughout the journal- but only with respect to nationali¬ty, not gender. Do you think that women don't deserve the same funda¬mental respect as Palestinians?
In response to a telephone complaint, co-editor Ziad Abu Zayyad assured me that one issue would be devoted to women in the peace move¬ment. This is not a solution. Imagine the reaction if this journal would save all the articles written by Palestinians for the one issue carrying their point of view.
The peace movement on both the Israeli and Palestinian sides is studded with extraordinary women, many of them eloquent writers. Some of them write in a style and with content that men have deemed serious and appro¬priate; others write in a style and with a content that women deem serious and appropriate. I want to read both types of peace writing; your journal allows me to read neither.

Gila Svirsky