To the Editors,
I appreciated Dan Leon's critique of the racist policies of the JNF ("The Jewish National Fund: How the Land Was 'Redeemed,'" Palestine-Israel Journal, Vol. 12, No. 4 & Vol. 13, No. 1). However, I don't think it's quite accurate to describe Noam Chomsky as an "opponent of Zionism." Chomsky is certainly a critic of mainstream Zionism, including its commitment to a Jewish state, but he has expressed admiration for the binationalist tendencies of some Left Zionist groupings before 1948, and hence is not exactly an opponent of Zionist ideology as such (he makes these distinctions in his early book Peace in the Middle East?). In this sense his critique of Zionism is somewhat different from that of Israeli anti-Zionists such as Uri Davis, Moshe Machover, Akiva Orr, and the late Israel Shahak.
I must say I admire your journal - I find it to be a worthy successor to New Outlook, which Chomsky rightly described as a source of sane and rational commentary on the Middle East.

Carl Rosenberg
Vancouver BC


To the Editors,
I'm a prisoner at the Pelican Bay State Prison in California. The state hardly provides us inmates with reading material. I'm an inmate without any funds, therefore I'm unable to pay for a subscription to your journal, so I was wondering if it is possible for you to provide me with a free subscription?
If this is not possible, maybe you happen to have some extra reading material that you're willing to donate to us inmates. Whatever you can do to help will be most appreciated.

Estevan Palacios
Crescent City CA

P.S. Please know that whatever you donate will be shared with all the inmates in this section.

The PIJ is providing Mr. Palacios a free subscription to the Journal. We encourage our readers to send him and the other inmates further reading material. His address is E. Palacios # J-61291, Pelican Bay State Prison, P.O. Box 7500, Crescent City CA 95532, USA.

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