Spreading a Blatant Lie to Promote Israel; Einstein was No Proud Zionist!
I was banned (from commenting) by a so-called pro-Israel Facebook page (IT IS CALLED ISRAEL NOT PALESTIN!) for informing them of what Albert Einstein actually thought and said about the Jewish nation of Israel.
I told the site admin that it is wrong to claim or distort facts by asserting that Einstein was a “PROUD ZIONIST”. Their photo shows Einstein with the blue-and-white flag of Israel.
To prove my case, I showed them a letter to the New York Times dated 4 Dec. 1948 co-authored and co-signed by Einstein. The letter states: “Within the Jewish community they have preached an admixture of ultranationalism, religious mysticism, and racial superiority.”
Here’s the site’s admin’s shocking response: “That letter is bogus, your facts are bogus and you are boring me. im not going to warn you again. Post that garbage on here and you will banned for good.”
Sorry so-called pro-Israel Facebook admin, but the undeniable, unassailable truth is, the 1948 NYT letter is absolutely not bogus.
The admin is entitled to its own opinion, but it is not entitled to its own facts. The admin- whoever he/she is- is clearly in a chronic state of self-delusion.
Was Einstein a “proud Zionist” as the Facebook site claims him to be? The truth is, while Einstein supported the idea of a Jewish homeland, he however opposed the creation of a Jewish state in Palestine “with borders, an army, and a measure of temporal power.”
In short, he would have opposed the current state of Israel, therefore the photo is dishonest and misleading. It is a propaganda joke!
Einstein preferred a bi-national state with “continuously functioning, mixed, administrative, economic, and social organizations.” Bi-national state should not be confused with the two-state solution. Bi-national state means the Jews and the Arabs should live together under one roof.
But what did Einstein actually say about the current state of Israel?
Here is a quote from Einstein’s testimony before Judge Hutcheson, the American Chairman of the Committee:
Judge Hutcheson: “It has been told to our committee by the Zionists that the passionate heart of every Jew will never be satisfied until they have a Jewish state in Palestine. It is contended, I suppose, that they must have a majority over the Arabs. It has been told to us by the Arab representatives that the Arabs are not going to permit such condition as that, they they [sic] will not permit having themselves converted from a majority to a minority.”
Dr. Einstein: Yes.
Judge Hutcheson: “I have asked these various persons if it is essential to the right or the privilege of the Jews to go to Palestine, if it is essential to real Zionism that a setup be fixed so that the Jews have a Jewish state and a Jewish majority without regard to the Arab view. Do you share that point of view, or do you think the matter can be handled on any other basis?”
Dr. Einstein: “Yes, absolutely. The state idea is not according to my heart. I cannot understand why it is needed. It is connected with many difficulties and a narrow-mindedness. I believe it is bad.
Judge Hutcheson: Isn’t it spiritual and ethical – I do not mean this particular Zionist movement, I do not mean the idea of insisting that a Jewish state must be created – isn’t it anachronistic?”
Dr. Einstein: “In my opinion, yes. I am against it.”
In his letter to American Friends of the Fighters for the Freedom of Israel shortly after the 1948 Deir Yassin massacre, Einstein described the Irgun -the National Military Organization in the Land of Israel (a Zionist paramilitary group)- as a “terrorist organization” and called its members “misled and criminal people.”
Was Einstein a proud Zionist and strong supporter of the current state of Israel? Evidence shows that the only possible answer is NO.
In 1950, Einstein also made the following statement on the question of Zionism:
“I should much rather see reasonable agreement with the Arabs on the basis of living together in peace than the creation of a Jewish state. Apart from the practical considerations, my awareness of the essential nature of Judaism resists the idea of a Jewish state with borders, an army, and a measure of temporal power no matter how modest. I am afraid of the inner damage Judaism will sustain especially from the development of a narrow nationalism within our own ranks, against which we have already had to fight without a Jewish state.”
In 1929, Einstein joined the Sixteenth Zionist Congress. However, the World Zionist Organization (WZO) identified Einstein as a non-Zionist.
The WZO states:
“The Sixteenth Zionist Congress (1929) decided on the establishment of the Jewish Agency for Israel, which would be a joint body of the World Zionist Organization and those known as “non-Zionists” in the belief that all Jews wished to participate in building the National Home. Upon conclusion of the Congress, Board of the Jewish Agency convened. Of its 224 members, 112 were Zionists (members of the World Zionist Organization) including Prof. Chaim Weizmann who was elected as President of the Jewish Agency, Nahum Sokolow, Menahem Ussishkin, Shemaryahu Levin, David Ben-Gurion, Rabbi Uziel; the 112 “non-Zionist” members included Louis Marshall, Shalom Asch, Albert Einstein, Leon Blum, and members of the Rothschild family.”
One Zionist commenter noted: “Einstein’s opposition to Israel was widely known and reported on during his life. In fact, the myth of Einstein’s support of Israel was born the day after Einstein’s death in his obituary in The New York Times, which shamelessly wrote that he championed the establishment of the Jewish state. This contradicted decades of reporting from the ‘Paper of Record.’ Jerome provides some examples, including a 1930 article headlined ‘Einstein attacks British Zion Policy,’ a 1938 article stating Einstein was ‘Against Palestine State’ and a 1946 article stating ‘Einstein Bars Jewish State.’”
Let me clarify my stand on this particular matter. I strongly disagree with Einstein. I strongly oppose and loathe his political views. He was a passionate, unapologetic socialist. Past, recent and current history proves that Einstein’s view on Israel is absolutely wrong and against reality.
I believe that the only motive behind this “Einstein was a Proud Zionist” propaganda is to appropriate the so-called good, untarnished ‘scientific’ name of Einstein to promote Israel and Zionism. However, it is wrong and unethical to promote a cause by distorting facts and telling a lie. That’s the usual propaganda strategy of the Left.
This reminds me of my online conversation with a Libertarian critic of Israel. It was this Libertarian who called my attention to Einstein’s 1948 letter to the NYT. In effect, this Libertarian urged me to simply accept Einstein’s anti-Israel stand on faith because he was one of the greatest scientists of the 20th century. Yet the guy called himself ‘Libertarian’.
In my response I told him: “This so-called ‘letter’ by Einstein has been repeatedly debunked by history and the current situation in Israel. Israel has been accused of perpetrating ‘apartheid’ and racism. People today only need to look at Israel’s current demography. The Jews represent 51% of the entire Israeli population. The Arabs have a right to enter politics and join the parliamentary process. In fact they can criticize the government. An Israeli woman politician also joined the Islamic flotilla used by the terrorists to ship weapons into Gaza. Granting arguendo that Einstein’s letter CORRECTLY predicted the future of Israel, aren’t Israel’s neighboring Arab countries (e.g., Saudi Arabia, Syria, Egypt, Jordan, Palestine, Lebanon, Iran, etc.) GUILTY of what he called “ultranationalism, religious mysticism, and racial superiority”. Too bad too many people today use the alleged ‘brilliance’ of Einstein to BLOOD LIBEL Israel. And I don’t support Israel because it is populated by 51% Jews. I don’t give a damn if it’s a Jewish state. I support that country because it’s the FREEST state in the Middle East. The people who built that great society legally, historically and morally acquired the right to keep it.”
So, if I had to accept Einstein’s anti-Israel view on faith simply because he’s a great scientist, should this Libertarian also accept Einstein’s socialism on faith on account of his great scientific achievement?
Now, to claim that Einstein was a “proud Zionist” is to also claim that Nazi collaborator and billionaire George Soros is a proud pro-Israel because he’s a Jew.