Monday, July 9, 2007

Quotation: Albert Einstein

"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 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" Albert Einstein (date, unknown)
As early as 1921, Einstein made his first trip to the US to raise funds for the establishment of Jewish settlements in Palestine. As such he was identified with Zionism; a label that does not precisely fit but that he didn't actively avoid. Nonetheless, he seperated himself from Zionist bigots and jingoists. In 1930, A. Einstein wrote:
"I can see future for Palestine only on the basis of peaceful cooperation between the two peoples who are at home [in Palestine]..."

He went on to support a Bi-National Arab and Jewish State.

(Picture by "JC Colman")