Excerpt of a Letter to the New York Times, December 4, 1948, from Albert Einstein and other prominent Jews.
“Attack on Arab Village
A shocking example was their behaviour in the Arab village of Deir Yassin. This village, off the main roads and surrounded by Jewish lands, had taken no part in the war, and had even fought off Arab bands who wanted to use the village as their base. On April 9 (THE NEW YORK TIMES), terrorist bands attacked this peaceful village, which was not a military objective in the fighting, killed most of its inhabitants —— 240 men, women, and children —— and kept a few of them alive to parade as captives through the streets of Jerusalem. Most of the Jewish community was horrified at the deed, and the Jewish Agency sent a telegram of apology to King Abdullah of Trans-Jordan. But the terrorists, far from being ashamed of their act, were proud of this massacre, publicised it widely, and invited all the foreign correspondents present in the country to view the heaped corpses and the general havoc at Deir Yassin.”
What drove these particular Jews to commit the above atrocious insane massacre of fellow human beings including children Einstein described? Perhaps the centuries of Jewish persecution in Europe and a perception of Arabs deserving punishment for attacks on Jews during conflicts in British Palestine.
Similarly, in 2023, what drove members of the Palestinian Hamas to commit horrific massacres of fellow human beings. Well, for eight decades the army, navy and especially the warplanes of violence prone Revisionist Zionist Israeli governments have over the years (at times with religious backing from Rabbis) openly massacred thousands of Palestinian civilians and their children, who for many years have been held captive in their own land as an open air prison. All justified by an Israel constantly having to defend itself from Palestinian Arabs seeking justice, and who have never reconciled themselves to their loss nor given up getting their lands and homes back.
An explanation for the criminal insanity in the case of both Jewish and Palestinian massacres can be found in the archives of history.
Palestinians were forced off their lands or fled en masse from deadly Jewish attacks during the civil war ignited intentionally by the announcement of a never meant to be implemented Partition Plan forced through a yet tiny United Nations by the United States that would eventually result in a Jewish population of 630,000 militarily occupying 77% of what had been British misgoverned Palestine, containing an Arab population of 1,970,000. This injustice of making refugees of so many Arab Palestinians whose homes and orchards were seized by Jews, is the basis for 75 years of massive bloodshed.
In 1956, Israeli Chief of Staff Gen. Moshe Dayan speaking at a funeral spoke,
“Let us not cast the blame on the murderers today. Why should we deplore their burning hatred for us? For eight years they have been sitting in the refugee camps in Gaza, and before their eyes we have been transforming the lands and villages, where they and their fathers dwelt, into our estate… a sea of hatred and desire for revenge is swelling”
Moshe Dayan was an Israeli military leader and politician. He was commander of the Jerusalem front in the 1948 Arab–Israeli War,
Einstein had made his position clear the year before American power over an incipient United Nations of only 56 nations, produced the genocidal stratagem of torching the Holy Land with a phoney, never expected nor intended to be implemented resolution for a crazy quilt partition of Palestine into six non-contiguous areas; the Arab areas entirely non-contiguous; the Jewish areas contiguous by a thread; the designated major area for Jews containing more Arabs than Jews, and meant to immediately provoke a civil war prepared for and expected by the Colonial Powers supported and well armed Revisionist Zionists leadership. With the announcement of the UN vote for partition (adopted by a vote of only 25 in favor versus 32 against, abstaining or absent), the fully expected bloodshed began. [Map of the UN proposed partition at https://www.un.org/unispal/document/auto-insert-208958/ ]
The UN Representative of Egypt had asked for an advisory opinion on the legal issues from the International Court of Justice. His delegation denied that the General Assembly had any power to decree the partition of Palestine, and described the partition plan as “shameless illegality,” contrary to the principle of self-determination for the overwhelming majority of the people of Palestine.
More than a year before this civil war producing vote, Albert Einstein made headlines in the New York Times, EINSTEIN URGES UNITED NATIONS RUN PALESTINE, February 15, 1946
“A government in Palestine under the UN’s direct control and a constitution assuring Jews’ and Arab’ security against being outvoted by each other would solve the Jewish-Arab difficulties.”
Unfortunately what uncomfortable realisation of the enormity of American and European society’s complicity in the Holocaust there was, formed a backdrop for additional basic business considerations entertained by many of the same influential U.S. politicians beholden to Wall Street’s war investment avarice and economic crime in rearming Germany. Highly placed villainous capitalist gangsters saw an imperialist opportunity to make racist use of the plight of a quarter million ‘undesirable’ Jewish Holocaust survivors to create a client colony of armed Europeans in the midst of oil rich Muslim countries.
If the alternate UN plan for an independent and democratic Palestine would have not been suffocated by colonial power politicking, Jews would have had the access to the entire Mandate of Palestine. In this kind of imagined format, how easy it might have been for Yehudi Menuhin’s “only possible solution” to have developed, namely, the kind of federated republic that is French-German Switzerland (the Italian part could have been thought of as comparable to autonomous areas for the Druze and Bedouin population).
A one state solution and two state solution at the same time. With all the intellectual prowess that immigrating Jews were bringing as engineers, doctors, scientists and workers knowledgeable in advanced technology, and the international financial connections available to their leaders, both sides might have opted to stay mixed, legislating a great degree of regard for cultural, religious and distinctions that would see Jews sharing economic social benefits with Arabs in a Israel-Palestine smack in a sea of Arab nations accepting a Jewish lead in the economic affairs of a prospering single unique mixed Jewish-Arab state.
Following the end of World War I, the region of Palestine had been conceded by the Ottoman Empire and was placed under the rule of the British via a mandate from the League of Nations.
The mandate was criticised for not taking into account the wants and needs of the Palestinians who resided in the land and wanted independence.
Einstein had declared difficulties between Jews and Arabs were largely artificially created by the British. He criticised the British colonial policy as based on the principle of “divide and rule,” and charged the British administration with using the ex-Mufti of Jerusalem to foment trouble. Questioned as to what he would do if Arabs resisted the immigration of Jews from Europe into Palestine, Prof. Einstein replied, “This will not be the case if they are not incited.”
“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 political rule over Palestine where two thirds of the population are not Jewish.” January 19, 1946
Earlier on January 11, 1946, In an Address by Einstein at the Manhattan Opera House to the National Labour Committee for Palestine, Einstein spoke of what he saw as the basic human problem in Palestine, namely, colonialism, British Empire colonialism,“the difficulties between the Jews and Arabs are artificially created, and are created by the English“
The uncivilised behaviour of the British during the Arab war for independence that was at its height 1938-39, (but always referred to as merely a revolt), included bombing attacks on Arab villages carried out by the RAF,  at times razing whole villages. In June 1937, the British imposed the death penalty for unauthorised possession of weapons, ammunition, and explosives, … this order was directed primarily against Palestinian Arabs and most of the 112 executed in Acre Prison were Arabs hanged for illegal possession of arms.
Concurrent Reactions and Observations of Albert Einstein on Early Zionism and the Pressure Upon It that Would Change the Leadership from Socialist Labour to Revisionist Socialist and Ultimately to a War Planning Eventual Tool of Western Imperialism.
Einstein, a strong and outspoken socialist, (see his ‘Why Socialism?’) followed the progress of Jewish settlement in the British Mandate, and when, in the 1930s, international socialist Zionism came under pressure from the political right, he wrote,
“Under the guise of nationalist propaganda Revisionism seeks to support the destructive speculation in land; it seeks to exploit the people and derive them of their rights,” in JEWISH-ARAB AMITY URGED BY EINSTEIN, New York Times. April 20, 1935
Quoting below perceptive writings of Albert Einstein during the morphing of a Zionism that had begun as Cultural and International Socialist Labour Zionism  into its domination by militant Revisionist Zionism and terrorist Zionism.
One of the Zionist paramilitary organisation that operated in Mandate Palestine between 1931 and 1948 was the Irgun. In 1938, the Irgun instituted a wave of bombings against Arab crowds. On July 6th, 21 Arabs were killed and 52 wounded by a bomb in a Haifa market; on July 25th, a second market bomb in Haifa killed at least 39 Arabs and injured 70; a bomb in Jaffa’s vegetable market on August 26th, killed 24 Arabs and wounded 39.In August 1945, Einstein was publicly sharply critical of the Jewish underground paramilitary groups, such as the Irgun and the Stern Group. In his words,
“I regard it [the Irgun] as a disaster”( Interview with I. Z. David). Also “I am not willing to see anyone associated with those misled and criminal people.”
So much for this Einstein corroborated bit of historical background of Palestine before the UN Partition vote was announced torching British ruled Palestine into civil war and almost continues terror since the seizing of Arab land with the founding of the Israeli state.
The multi-nation Holocaust and the civil war in Palestine afterward was made possible to begin with because American corporations had armed Hitler’s Germany for War on Russia.
– For if no rearming of a weak economically prostate totally disarmed Nazi Germany by USA’s largest corporations breeching the Versailles Treaty’s prohibitions of German rearmament while the British and French military stood down, then no Second World War
If no Second World War, then no multination Holocaust of nearly six million Jews
If no multination genocide of Jews, no desperate quarter-million survivors of the Holocaust refused refuge to manipulate and no belligerent apartheid State of Israel assisting Western genocidal destruction of oil rich Middle East and African Nations.
The Wall Street led economic and military facilitation of the Second World War and the multinational Holocaust is the immediate history of the murderous founding of the modern and as yet incomplete state of Israel at the cost of Arab and Jewish lives and what could have been a Jewish and Arab led vibrant and dynamic mixed society in Palestine. The British Empire mismanaged racist colonisation of Palestine for the Empire’s own imperialist benefit is its ugly pre-history.
When the Holocaust reached mega horrific proportions with massacres of hundreds of thousands, these genocidal events went unreported or reported in the back pages of only a few newspapers in the United States and England, and basically ignored by the press and radio in most of Europe and the rest of the Colonial Powers dominated world. After the war ended, the poor and desperate Holocaust survivors were treated inhumanely and as undesirables, refused refuge in the United States, and then were most cruelly used by the elite of the Anglo-American world ruling financial cabal in a devilishly and merciless typical colonial crime against humanity in which they were forced to fight a civil war in what had been British occupied and ruled Palestine as British troops withdrew.
For seventy-four years, the same Colonial Powers, who forced through passage of the criminal United Nations Partition Plan for Palestine with intention to bring about civil war in British ruled and occupied Holy Land, have kept up a murderously deceitful pretence of trying to bring peace to Palestine and the oil rich Middle East nations they have continually attacked, recently destroying Iraq, Libya and Syria.
Israel’s Religious Justification and Mass Murderous Overkill
As to the neocolonial genocide-backing media citing Revisionist Zionist religious claims on the Holy Land for it having been a Jewish Kingdom in ancient times, one might note that amazingly, according to the Ottoman Empire census of 1850, there were less than twenty thousand Jews in all Palestine. So many thousands had migrated to the more developed countries of Europe where they periodically over the centuries suffered deadly treatment, very often fleeing to Muslim nations.
Nowadays, with the term ‘terrorist’ in wide use, this peoples historian attention is drawn to the horrific passages in the bible describing the heavenly instructions given to the Jews to slay every person and animal in Jericho and other conquered cities.
One can chose between the following Biblical ‘justification’ for terror and what Jewish Albert Einstein thought.
“I will establish your borders from the Red Sea to the Sea of the Philistines, and from the desert to the River. I will hand over to you the people who live in the land and you will drive them out before you.”
“On the south side it will run from Tamar as far as the waters of Meribah Kadesh, then along the Wadi of Egypt to the Great Sea. This will be the south boundary.”
“On that day the Lord made a covenant with Abram and said, “To your descendants I give this land, from the river of Egypt to the great river, the Euphrates.”
Deuteronomy 2:16 You must not let any living thing survive among the cities of these people the Lord your God is giving you as an inheritance. 2:17 You must completely destroy them—the Hethite, Amorite, Canaanite, Perizzite, Hivite, and Jebusite—as the Lord your God has commanded you, Christian Standard Bible (CSB)
Rabbi Dov Lior, a national- religious leader and the chief rabbi of Kiryat Arba and Hebron, published a letter on Monday saying that Jewish law permits destroying the entire Gaza Strip[Jerusalem Post, July 23, 2014]
Israeli pilots know that they kill children when dropping massive amount bombs on city centres, the bombardment these pilots carry out resulting in the death of exponentially more civilians, including children, than in the Hamas attack. Western media outlets portray the pilots as heroes who did not intend to kill non-combatants – euphemistically termed “collateral damage.” Have the pilots been made to feel that God is on their side in any and all circumstance? During the 2014 bombing that took 2,200 lives? During the abominable bloody massacre at Sabra and Shatila? During the long merciless war in Lebanon? All to protect the land ‘God gave their ancestors’ more than seventeen centuries ago.
Albert Einstein letter to Jewish philosopher Eric Gutkind dated January 1954
“For me the Jewish religion like all other religions is an incarnation of the most childish superstitions. And the Jewish people to whom I gladly belong and with whose mentality I have a deep affinity have no different quality for me than all other people… I cannot see anything ‘chosen’ about them
In spite of Einstein’s efforts, the Palestinians Arabs, while still suffering British military occupation as a colony since the end of the First World War, became expelled and/or re-colonized after the Second World War by another group of armed Europeans through a genocidal civil war planned and provoked by Anglo-American machinations.
The State of Israel from its creation has been in bed with a US war investing business elite that once heavily invested in Hitler, was itself anti-Semitic in outlook, coldly indifferent and even complicit during the Holocaust its investments had made possible.
The billions of US dollars spent on munitions and weapons of mass destruction to kill Palestinians who keep on attacking fighting for rectification of the heartless injustice done them, could have been used to begin to compensate Arabs made destitute refugees by the criminal seizure of their lands, homes and properties.
Until the U.S. forced through United Nations plan for the partition of Palestine is recognized as having been intended to torch British ruled Palestine while British forces were withdrawing as a prearranged stratagem of an archetypal Colonial Powers crime against humanity, the same genocidal warfare and misery that was calculated and expected, will continue and spread.
The catastrophic genocidal events of October 2023 in Palestine augur an end to U.S. world domination and exploitation of majority humanity made to suffer under wars investing America proclaimed ‘Rules Based Order,’ formerly referred to falsely as ‘The International Community’ earlier ‘The Free World’ and initially ‘The Colonial Powers.’ The October 2023 horror has brought needed attention to the continuing saga of U.S. backed Israeli mass-murderous
neocolonial injustice toward the Palestinians ongoing now for 73 years.
If the corporate war investors controlled United States can be prevented from making the Third World War it has been so ultra expensively preparing for, a multi-polar world might phase out wars promoting capitalist corporations and promote negotiations in Israel-Palestine, the horrendous massacres of both sides in October 2023 notwithstanding.
1. New York Times of February 15, 19462.Omissi, David E. (1990). “Air Power and Colonial Control: the Royal Air Force, 1919–1939.” Manchester University Press. ISBN 978-0-7190-2960-8 page 58 3. Krämer, Gudrun, (2008). A History of Palestine: From the Ottoman Conquest to the Founding of the State of Israel.Princeton University Press 4.https://monthlyreview.org/2009/05/01/why-socialism/
5. [Moses (Moshe) Hess, born in 1812, was a socialist German-French-Jewish philosopher, a friend and collaborator of Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels (all three wrote for the now famous German revolutionary Rheinische Zeitung), was both one of the earliest proponents of socialism and a precursor to what would later be called Zionism. In his seminal, Rome and Jerusalem: The Last National Question (1862) Hess argued for the Jews to return to Palestine, and proposed a socialist country. When Theodor Herzl, who is referred to as the spiritual father of the Jewish State in the Israeli declaration of independence, first read Rome and Jerusalem, a generation in time after it was written, Herzl wrote, “Since Spinosa, Jewry had no bigger thinker than this forgotten Moses Hess” and that he would not have written Der Judenstaat (The Jewish State) if he had known Hess’s ‘Rome and Jerusalem’ beforehand.
6. letter to Shepard Rifkin
Jay Janson is an archival research peoples historian activist, musician and writer; has lived and worked on all continents; articles on media published in China, Italy, UK, India and in the US by Dissident Voice, Global Research; Information Clearing House; Counter Currents and others; now resides in NYC; First effort was a series of articles on deadly cultural pollution endangering seven areas of life emanating from Western corporate owned commercial media published in Hong Kong’s Window Magazine 1993; Howard Zinn lent his name to various projects of his; Weekly column, South China Morning Post, 1986-87; reviews for Ta Kung Bao; article China Daily, 1989. Is coordinator of the Howard Zinn co-founded King Condemned US Wars International Awareness Campaign, and website historian of the Ramsey Clark co-founded Prosecute US Crimes Against Humanity Now Campaign, which contains a history of US crimes in 19 countries up to 2006
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