Einstein letter, on sale at Ebay, blamed Jewish terrorists for risking ‘catastrophe’ in Palestine

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Einstein letter, 1948
Einstein letter, 1948

Ebay is selling a letter written by Albert Einstein at the time of the Deir Yassin massacre in April 1948 to an American Zionist, denouncing the Zionist militias’ terrorist activities. It’s interesting that Einstein’s word, catastrophe, is also the Palestinians’ word in Arabic, the Nakba. The letter’s text:

April 10,1948

Mr. Shepard Rifkin


American Friends of the Fighters for the Freedom of Israel

149 Second Ave.

New York 3,N.Y.

Dear Sir:

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 organizations build up from our own ranks.

I am not willing to see anybody associated with those misled and criminal people.

Sincerely yours, (Signed, ‘A. Einstein’)

Albert Einstein.


From the description:

You are bidding on an original letter from Albert Einstein to Mr. Shepard Rifkin. Written in 1948 it cautions that any catastrophe befalling the fledgling nation of Israel will come from the actions of either its creators (Britain) or its citizens. Coincidentally the letter was written the morning after the Israelis carried out an unprovoked massacre of Palestinian civilians in the village of Deir Yassin.

The proceeds will go to the organization, Deir Yassin Remembered. Looks like the opening bid is set at $16,000, and has not yet been made. Thanks to Abdeen Jabara.

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i wonder who has been in possession of this letter and how they acquired it.

Well said, Mr. Einstein.

An educated fool who denied the existence of Arab terrorism. Why?
Best guess is that Einstein was afflicted with the ‘bigotry of low expectations’.

The more famous Einstein letter was to NYT, in 1948, reproduced here.Among other things, he hi-lights fascism: 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… Read more »

Very interesting.