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Carol Schatz Chomsky

The Carol Chomsky Memorial Fund, Inc. was established in honor of Carol Schatz Chomsky, scholar, linguist, mother-of-three, and wife of famed linguist, Noam Chomsky. Carol Chomsky passed away in late December of 2008 and this fund has been set up to celebrate her work, compassion and ideals for a better, more just global community.


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The Carol Chomsky Memorial Fund

The initial focus of The Chomsky Fund will be on the humanitarian needs of the victims of war and occupation in Palestine, including Palestinian refugees in the camps of Lebanon and elsewhere. A humanitarian crisis currently exists in the Gaza Strip, and although less well-known, in the squalid refugee camps of South Beirut and across Lebanon. The Fund plans to make grants and contributions to existing and well-respected organizations and individuals working to meet the basic human rights of people in Palestine, including the need for food, shelter, jobs and health care.

In the coming year, The Fund will supports the work of human rights organizations based in the Gaza Strip, in particular the Al Mezan Center for Human Rights and their many affiliates and partners in the region. It also supports humanitarian aid NGOs across the US, Europe and Latin America in solidarity with Palestinian rights.

By donating to The Carol Chomsky Memorial Fund, you can save lives, increase hope and
provide the means for Palestinians to work for a better future. The Carol Chomsky Memorial Fund exists to provide humanitarian aid to Palestinian refugees in the Gaza Strip and in the Palestinian refugee camps of Lebanon. Partnerships with individuals and aid agencies on the ground in Lebanon, Gaza, in Europe and the United States will assure that your tax-deductible contributions get to the people for whom they are directly intended.

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Biographies of Board Members

Photo of Noam ChomskyNoam Chomsky

Noam Chomsky is a libertarian socialist Institute Professor of Linguistics (Emeritus) at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Known as the ‘father of modern lingustics’, a cognitive scientist, and political activist, Noam has authored over 100 books on linguistics, US foreign policy and imperialism, the role of the media in promoting ideological indoctriination and misinformation and is a powerful critic of the political, economic, academic and other elites responsible for undermining democracy and the rule of law both domestically and internationally. Noam Chomsky is considered by many the world’s leading public intellectual. He is a towering spokesperson for human rights and dignity and for the responsibility of intellectuals and others to act morally, despite the overwhelming obstacles, against state sponsored repression, corruption and brutality. Noam and Carol Chomsky were married for 60 years and worked together to promote citizen-activist resistance against institutionally organized and promoted terror and exploitation of the powerless.

Photo Jennifer LoewensteinJennifer Loewenstein
Secretary and Treasurer

Jennifer Loewenstein is a political activist and a faculty associate in the Middle East Studies through the Department of Languages and Cultures of Asia at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. She is also assistant programming director at the A. E. Havens Center, a division of the Department of Sociology also at the UW-Madison.

She is currently working on developing the LEAP project in the refugee camps in Lebanon, was the founder of the Madison-Rafah Sister City Project, is a freelance journalist and special projects editor at the Mezan Center for Human Rights in Gaza. She was part of the second plenary panel at the United Nations' conference on Palestine convened at the European Parliament in Brussels, Belgium in August 2007, and gave expert witness testimony on Gaza at the 11th Human Rights Council of the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland in June, 2009. In June 2010 Jennifer received the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee's Rachel Corrie Award.

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Judith Brown-Chomsky
Board Member

Judith Brown Chomsky is an American human rights lawyer. She was contacted by the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR), which was looking for a lawyer who could go to Gaza and the Occupied West Bank to help prepare a case involving civilian deaths from the Israeli occupation. This began her current work life as a cooperating attorney with the CCR, where she works on cases in their international human rights docket.

She is the sister-in-law of Noam Chomsky.

Photo of Norman FinkelsteinNorman Finkelstein
Board Member

Norman G. Finkelstein received his doctorate in 1988 from the Department of Politics at Princeton University. For many years he taught political theory and the Israel-Palestine conflict. He is currently an independent scholar. Finkelstein is the author of five books which have been translated into more than 40 foreign editions

He has just published a new book entitled "This Time We Went Too Far": Truth and consequences of the Gaza invasion" (OR Books: 2010). (www.normanfinkelstein.com)

Photo of Diana Aidan KimmerlingDiana Aidan Kimmerling
Board Member

Diana Aidan Kimmerling was born in Libya to an Italian family.

She studied biology at the University of Naples-Italy and neurophysiology and philosophy of science at the Hebrew University, Jerusalem-Israel

While raising a family, she was active protecting animals, opposing the occupation and trying to help the children of Gaza.

She translated from Hebrew to English Marginal at the Center, Baruch Kimmerling's autobiography.

Photo of Marc OkonMarc Okon
Board Member

Marc Okon, born in New York City in September 1976, has been, from an early age, an enterprising and industrious individual who set up his first company when he was 10: ESB, or "Electric Snow Blowers". He hired several kids from his neighborhood to share in the work and profits of this initial business venture. Ever since, Marc's passion has been in sales and the creation of investigative literature, using business and corporate malfeasance as a premise to share his work. Marc is an expert in marketing, design and conceptual sales engineering. He created a telecommunications firm in 1996, made possible by new deregulation laws, and distributed pay-phones as an investment opportunity domestically (in the US) and internationally with the help of his own website. Because he had only a handful of competitors, Marc was able to create a demand for this new product in a global market.

These days Marc is involved in designing several websites, manufacturing innovative products, representing the sellers of renewable energy companies, and promoting nutritious foods and medicines. He values community and community involvement in projects that benefit the safety, well being, and public good of our societies locally, nationally, and internationally.

Photo of Mouin RabbaniMouin Rabbani
Board Member

Mouin Rabbani is an independent writer and analyst specializing in Palestinian affairs and the Arab-Israeli conflict. He is a senior fellow at the Institute for Palestine Studies in Beirut and is a Contributing Editor to the Middle East Report.

He served as a Senior Analyst/Middle East with the International Crisis Group - with his focus on Palestinian affairs and the Arab-Israeli conflict. Previously he worked as Palestine Director of the Palestinian American Research Center, and before that as project director for the Association of Netherlands Municipalities in a project to establish the Association of Palestinian Local Authorities.

His writings have appeared in the Journal of Palestine Studies, Middle East International, Middle East Report, Third World Quarterly, The Nation, and other publications.

Photo Not AvailableJessica Ramer
Board Member

Jessica Ramer has spent most of her life teaching algebra at the high school and community college level and has often worked with at-risk students.

She has also been a copywriter and served as Baruch Kimmerling's editor when he wrote the English-language manuscripts of Politicide and Clash of Identities. She has also edited the English version of his autobiography Marginal at the Center, which was translated by Diana Kimmerling.

Additionally, she has served as a volunteer tutor for low-income children and is active in the antiwar movement. Along with Diana Kimmerling, she has worked to aid the children of Gaza during the last war there.

Photo of Mouin RabbaniMaryam Zohny
Board Member

Maryam Zohny is currently the Program Manager of the Center for Palestine Studies at Columbia University. She received her Master of International Affairs in 2010 from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) where she also obtained her Bachelor of Arts in both Political Science and Human Rights from Columbia College. Maryam worked as a Consultant to the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and worked on women's rights issues in Egypt, as well as volunteered with the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) in Lebanon.

Maryam is the Founder and Director of the Learning English Advancement Program (LEAP). The LEAP program aims to bring American volunteers to teach English to Palestinian refugees in Lebanon as well as support UNRWA's educational services and provide greater opportunities for Palestinian refugees. She has been active in raising awareness of the human rights and humanitarian issues facing Palestinians in general, but particularly Palestinian refugees and is involved in community activism on both a local and national level.

Photo of Mouin RabbaniIbrahim Balkhy
Administrative Assistant

Ibrahim Balkhy is an undergraduate student studying International Studies and Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Wisconsin.

In the Summer of 2011, Ibrahim traveled to Beirut, Lebanon to take part in the Learning English Advancement (LEAP) Program.

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