Einstein on Israel and
Zionism: His Provocative Ideas About the Middle East.
" . . . I am neither a German citizen nor do I believe in
anything that might be described as "Jewish faith." But I am a
Jew and am glad to belong to the Jewish people,
though I do not regard it in any way as chosen."1a
If we are not able to find a way to honest
cooperation and honest pacts with the Arabs, then we have
learned nothing during our two thousand years of suffering, and
deserve the fate which will befall us. . . Without honest
cooperation with the Arabs there is no peace and no security."1b
Only direct cooperation with the Arabs can
create a dignified and safe life. If the Jews don't
comprehend this, the whole Jewish position in the complex of Arab
countries will become step by step untenable. What saddens
me is less the fact that the Jews are not smart enough to
understand this, but rather, that they are not just enough to
want it [emphasis in the original]."1c*
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. . .
[T]he essential nature of
Judaism resists the idea of a Jewish state with borders, an army,
and a measure of temporal power. . .
I am afraid of the inner
damage Judaism will sustain--especially from the development of a
narrow nationalism within our own ranks . . ."1d
I am in favor of Palestine being developed as a
Jewish Homeland but not as a separate state. It seems
to me a matter of simple common sense that we cannot ask to be
given the political rule over Palestine where two thirds of the
population are not Jewish. What we can and should ask is a
secured bi-national status in Palestine with free immigration."1e
I believe that even in America, we Jews are
by no means safe. . .
The psychological situation of the Jews over here is quite similar
to the one in Germany before Hitler."1f
When a real and final catastrophe should befall us
in Palestine the first responsible for it would be the British and
the second responsible for it the Terrorist organization
built up from our own ranks."1g
We had great hopes for Israel at first. We
thought it might be better than other nations, but it is no
"I do not at all
believe in human freedom in the philosophical sense.
Everybody acts not only under external compulsion but also
in accordance with inner necessity. . . "
"The ideals which have
lighted my way, and time after time have given me new courage to
face life cheerfully, have been Kindness, Beauty, and Truth.
. . "
"The trite objects of human efforts -- possessions, outward
success, luxury -- have always seemed to me contemptible."2a
"Money only appeals
to selfishness and irresistibly invites abuse."2b PLATO
" . . .
method can teach us nothing else beyond how facts are related
to, and conditioned by, each other."2c ARISTOTLE
" . . . [S]cience
can only ascertain what is, but not what should
be . . . Religion . . . deals only with evaluations
of human thought and action . . . [S]cience
can only be created by those who are thoroughly imbued with the
aspirations toward truth and understanding. This
source of feeling, however, springs from the sphere of religion.
To this there also belongs the faith in the possibility that the
regulations valid for the world of existence are rational, that
is, comprehensible to reason. I cannot conceive of a
genuine scientist without that profound faith. The situation may
be expressed by an image: science without religion is lame,
religion without science is blind."2d*
"A people that were to honor falsehood,
defamation, fraud, and murder would be unable, indeed, to
subsist for very long."2e BUDDHA
- Albert Einstein, Germany
and Switzerland. The Nobel Prize in Physics 1921,
"for his services to Theoretical Physics, and especially for his
discovery of the law of the photoelectric effect"
regarding Albert Einstein, available under the Freedom of
Information Act (FOIA), January 28, 2000. Electronic Documents, 1427 pages, in PDF at
Russell-Einstein Manifesto, issued in London July 9, 1955,
Pugwash Conferences on Science and World Affairs,
Archives Online, a joint project of the Albert Einstein
Archives and the David and Fela Shapell Digitization
Project at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and
the Einstein Papers Project at the California Institute
Italics in the original.
Einstein on Israel and Zionism: His Provocative Ideas About the
Middle East. Fred Jerome, 2009. New York, NY: St.
Martin's Press, 2009. (Translations by Michael Schiffmann.)
a 1. Fighting Anti-Semitism
1919-1929, at 39.
b 2. Years
of Crisis 1929-1939, at 78-82.
Struggle Over the State 1945-1948, at 176.
h 5. The Final Years 1948-1955, at
2 Albert Einstein (1879-1955). Ideas
and Opinions. Based on Mein
Weltbild, edited by Carl Seelig, and other sources.
New translations and revisions by Sonja Bargmann. New York, NY: Crown
Publishers, Inc., 1954.
a The World as I See It., at 8-11. Originally
published in Forum and Century, Vol. 84, pp. 193-194, the
13th in the Forum series, "Living Philosophies";
included also in Living Philosophies (pp. 3-7), New York:
Simon and Schuster, 1931.
b On Wealth, at 12-13. Mein Weltbild, Amsterdam:
Querido Verlag, 1934.
c Science and Religion, Part I, at 41-44. From an
address at Princeton Theological Seminary, May 19, 1939; published
in Out of My Later Years, New York: Philosophical Library,
d Science and Religion, Part II, at 44-49. From Science,
Philosophy and Religion, A Symposium, published by the
Conference on Science, Philosophy and Religion in Their Relation
to the Democratic Way of Life, Inc., New York, 1941.
e Religion and Science: Irreconcilable?, at 49-52. A
response to a greeting sent by the Liberal Ministers' Club of New
York City; published in The Christian Register, June, 1948.
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