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Albert Einstein’s Letter Warning Of Zionist Fascism In Israel
Letter That Albert Einstein Sent to the New York Times 1948, Protesting the Visit of
Menachem Begin
By Albert Einstein
Global Research, March 23, 2015
Harvard University 4 December


Letters to the Editor
New York Times
December 4, 1948
TO THE EDITORS OF THE NEW YORK TIMES:

Letters to the Editor
New York Times
December 4, 1948
TO THE EDITORS OF THE NEW YORK TIMES:
Among the most disturbing political phenomena of our times is the emergence in the newly
created state of Israel of the “Freedom Party” (Tnuat Haherut), a political party closely akin in
its organization, methods, political philosophy and social appeal to the Nazi and Fascist
parties. It was formed out of the membership and following of the former Irgun Zvai Leumi, a
terrorist, right-wing, chauvinist organization in Palestine.

The current visit of Menachem Begin, leader of this party,to the United States is obviously
calculated to give the impression of American support for his party in the coming Israeli
elections, and to cement political ties with conservative Zionist elements in the United States.
Several Americans of national repute have lent their names to welcome his visit. It is
inconceivable that those who oppose fascism throughoutthe world, if correctly informed as to
Mr. Begin’s political record and perspectives, could add their names and support to the
movement he represents.
Before irreparable damage is done by way of financial contributions, public manifestations in
Begin’s behalf, and the creation in Palestine of the impression that a large segment of
America supports Fascist elements in Israel, the American public must be informed as to the
record and objectives of Mr. Begin and his movement. The public avowals of Begin’s party
are no guide whatever to its actual character. Today they speak of freedom, democracy and
anti-imperialism, whereas until recently they openly preached the doctrine of the Fascist
state. It is in its actions that the terrorist party betrays its real character; from its past actions
we can judge what it may be expected to do in the future.
Attack on Arab Village
A shocking example was their behavior 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 ? 240men, 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, publicized it widely, and invited all the foreign
correspondents present in the country to view the heaped corpses and the general havoc at
Deir Yassin. The Deir Yassin incident exemplifies the character and actions of the Freedom
Party.
Within the Jewish community they have preached an admixture of ultranationalism, religious
mysticism, and racial superiority. Like other Fascist parties they have been used to break
strikes, and have themselves pressed for the destruction of free trade unions. In their stead
they have proposed corporate unions on the Italian Fascist model. During the last years of
sporadic anti-British violence, the IZL and Stern groups inaugurated a reign of terror in the
Palestine Jewish community. Teachers were beaten up for speaking against them, adults
were shot for not letting their children join them. By gangster methods, beatings, window-
smashing, and wide-spread robberies, the terrorists intimidated the population and exacted a
heavy tribute.
The people of the Freedom Party have had no part in the constructive achievements in
Palestine. They have reclaimed no land, built no settlements, and only detracted from the
Jewish defense activity. Their much-publicized immigration endeavors were minute, and
devoted mainly to bringing in Fascist compatriots.

Discrepancies Seen

The discrepancies between the bold claims now being made by Begin and his party, and their
record of past performance in Palestine bear the imprint of no ordinary political party. This is
the unmistakable stamp of a Fascist party for whom terrorism (against Jews, Arabs, and
British alike), and misrepresentation are means, and a “Leader State” is the goal.
In the light of the foregoing considerations, it is imperative that the truth about Mr. Begin and
his movement be made known in this country. It is all the more tragic that the top leadership of
American Zionism has refused to campaign against Begin’s efforts, or even to expose to its
own constituents the dangers to Israel from support to Begin.
The undersigned therefore take this means of publicly presenting a few salient facts
concerning Begin and his party; and of urging all concerned not to support this latest
manifestation of fascism.
ISIDORE ABRAMOWITZ
HANNAH ARENDT
ABRAHAM BRICK
RABBI JESSURUN CARDOZO
ALBERT EINSTEIN
HERMAN EISEN, M.D.
HAYIM FINEMAN
M. GALLEN, M.D.
H.H. HARRIS
ZELIG S. HARRIS
SIDNEY HOOK
FRED KARUSH
BRURIA KAUFMAN
IRMA L. LINDHEIM
NACHMAN MAISEL
SEYMOUR MELMAN
MYER D. MENDELSON
M.D., HARRY M. OSLINSKY
SAMUEL PITLICK
FRITZ ROHRLICH
LOUIS P. ROCKER
RUTH SAGIS
ITZHAK SANKOWSKY
I.J. SHOENBERG
SAMUEL SHUMAN
M. SINGER
IRMA WOLFE
STEFAN WOLF.
New York, Dec. 2, 1948