Visitor_Name: CMKerin
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Date: 07 April 2001
Time: 21:49:37
 

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Thank You for the page about Mr. Einstein and Zionism.  I really appreciate that you did this.

This weekend I became interested in the conflicting religious information that is written about Mr. Einstein.  Most every person I spoke with about him seemed to feel that his beliefs were the same as theirs.  I soon saw for myself why so many thought this from all the different religious websites using different quotes to fit themselves (the words on your site put this much more eloquently than I ever could).  I had not realized before my weekend search that he was also considered a Zionist.  Your page was the only one I found on my search that contradicted the information on so many sites that said he was a *great* supporter.

Your site has also helped me to understand just a little bit more about the Israel and Muslim tensions.  I plan to take a more proactive approach to learn more.

Kind Regards,
Joyce


Visitor_Name: Dr. Mortaza Sahibzada
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Location: United Kingdom
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Date: 19 November 2002
Time: 13:42:25

Dear Dr. Farooq, you have the following quote on your website. Do you know how I could get hold of the full text from which this quote originated. I want to read the whole article. Thanks.. Mortaza
"As far back as January 28, 1930, Einstein had warned in the Palestinian newspaper Falastin that 'oppressive nationalism must be conquered' and that he could 'see a future for Palestine only on the basis of peaceful cooperation between the two peoples who are at home in the country . . .
come together they must in spite of all.'"

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Visitor_Name: Bill Johnson
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Location: Victoria BC Canada
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Date: 06 May 2003
Time: 13:29:13
 

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Thanks for confirming my view that Albert Einstien was not a supporter of the Zionist State of Israel. Having carefully read some of his views on philosophy and politics, it simply wasn't consistent with his general outlook towards all humanity. I manage a discussion web site at; http://groups.msn.com/WorldSocialismNow please visit. Regards Bill


Visitor_Name: jack chauveheid
E_mail: jchauveheid@yahoo.fr
Location: costa rica
Source: through Google, about Einstein
Date: 01 Mar 2004
Time: 10:02:34
 

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1 March 04 Dear Dr Farooq, This paper seems mainly based on 2 references: the letter Einstein signed with others, plus a book. I think these could be reinforced by a 3rd one from Abraham PAISī book "Subtle is the Lord: the science and the life of Albert Einstein" (Oxford University Press 1982), page 315 where Blumenfeld communicates to Weizmann that "Einstein is no Zionist" (many more details in the whole book). Incidentally, I wrote about the relation between Genesis, the Koran, and modern physics. If interested, make me know. Best wishes, Jack Chauveheid


Visitor_Name: Raphael Esterson
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Source: through Google, about Einstein
Date: 00 October 2004
Time: 8:03:34
 

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Dear Sir,
 
I took up your invitation to post my comments on your article entitled "Zionism and Albert Einstein: Setting the record state" Regrettably the web-page did not post my comments. For this reason, I send them directly to you, and ask that you include them on the relevant comments page, in the interests of free speech, and civil discourse. I would be greatful if you would inform me of your progress with this process.
 
Comments follow:
ps You will be glad to know that I have found the relevant citation for your uncited quote. I encourage you to read the entire article in the archives of the UK Manchester Guardian. Details see below.
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Albert Einstein was indeed a Zionist. He did not support the notion of a Jewish state, but was committed to, and actively supported, the project of Jewish return to the historical homeland of the Jews - Israel/Palestine, and the renaissance of a vibrant  Jewish life and culture in that place.

 

Einstein was extremely sensitive to the need to preserve the rights of those already settled in Palestine , and acutely aware of the potential for conflict brought about by the Zionist project. He hoped that the political organization of the communities of Israel/Palestine would transcend  narrow ethnic nationalisms. This places him in the Zionist mainstream. Prior to the Second World War, the majority within the Zionist Congress were the 'Bi-nationalist Zionists' - those who sought to create a single state defined as both Jewish and Palestinian. This movement was only supplanted in the tragic aftermath of the Holocaust. The trauma of this experience created a greater sense of urgency amongst Zionists, who, by-and-large felt that the creation of a safe-haven for the Jewish people could no longer wait.

 

Nevertheless, despite the many years of conflict, and the ensuing polarization of views, the sensitivities that Einstein shared, survive in the hearts of many who still consider themselves Zionists. As Einstein himself said:

 

“Zionism springs from an even deeper motive than Jewish suffering. It is rooted in a Jewish spiritual tradition whose maintenance and development are for Jews the basis of their continued existence as a community.” Einstein quoted in the Manchester Guardian, Oct 12th 1929

 

Einstein remained a Zionist, a great supporter and frequent critic of Israel.

 

Your arguments are based on both a misconception of Zionism, and a misrepresentation of Einstein's views on the matter. Those of us who are close to, and have suffered with the Israel/Palestine conflict appreciate the need for subtle and nuanced understanding. Please do not encumber the seekers-of-peace with your clumsy, politically manipulative distortions.

 

Sincerely,

 

Raphael Esterson 


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Date: 18 Feb 2005
Time: 07:16:39

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Please read "Einstein's other theory" to appreciate his relationship with Zionism http://www.guardian.co.uk/g2/story/0,,1415327,00.html 


Visitor_Name: John Smith
E_mail: smith23001@yahoo.com
Location: USA
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Date: 14 Apr 2005
Time: 17:50:07

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Dear sir, Inasmuch as Einstein donated the rights to use his name to the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, it is very difficult to claim that Einstein was not favorable to Zionism and Israel. It is not difficult to verify that fact. He did detest the extremist militarism of Begin, who was known as a terrorist in 1948.


Visitor_Name: mohammed arifuddin
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Date: 03 Aug 2005
Time: 05:01:52

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It is very interesting and commendable arifuddin


Visitor_Name: saima
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Location: uk
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Date: 08 Sep 2005
Time: 05:43:00

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your article was very interesting.esp as ive always wondered about einsteins views on israel.i got the impression from your statements that he was against the state of israel but in his quote in the article he mentions ,a homeland,for the jews and muslims,so do u mean he was against a state exclusively for the jews but not a state for both the jews and the arab minority.


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Date: 27 Nov 2005
Time: 10:26:58

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You're an idiot! 


Visitor_Name: Martin
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Location: united states
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Date: 16 Feb 2006
Time: 00:48:35

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Hi. You have very nice website! Beautiful design and very interesting content.  


Visitor_Name: jack chauveheid
E_mail: jchauveheid@yahoo.fr
Location: costa rica
Source: Exchange with the author
Date: 11 Jul 2006
Time: 08:12:53

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Dear Dr Farooq,
 
I read your web page with great interest. Your basic goal was to establish the historical truth as objectively as possible, which you achieved independently of any personal, political, religious or philosophical concern, etc…
 
Your thesis of “cultural Zionism” is significant and agrees with reality in the case of Albert Einstein, it is also hard to believe that all forms of Zionism were necessarily extreme. In this view, your work is innovative and clarifies the possibility that human beings understand and respect emotions and ideas of others if they happen to know and comprehend them sufficiently through a friendly dialogue, which seems more natural than making wars. So, this second natural tendency toward making friends and loving each other is advocated by major religions I know and should be followed because leading to practical solutions Einstein always defended. These should enable us to live in a really productive way (jobs for “everybody”, etc.), eliminating current tragedies none of us really needs.
 
I say this, also because I have been absorbed during the last years by the physics related to the energy problem and found that universal harmony is as indispensable as the needed practical scientific and technological research.
 
Einstein was above all a pacifist, which is recalled in his short biography by Steven Hawking in the bestseller A Brief History of Time, as a sort of criticism of his “non-scientific” activity, which is questionable since the peace goal cannot be separated from fundamental science, on which I agree with Einstein. Pacifists are by definition unconditional enemies of violence, armed or not. The constant work of Einstein in that direction, his collaboration with other scientists, philosophers, etc.., are clear enough and confirm what you found about him (many references, I guess you have most).
 
With my best wishes,  
Jacques Chauveheid  

Visitor_Name: Bill Johnson
E_mail: wmherb@telus.net
Location: Canada
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Date: 22 Jul 2006
Time: 08:55:37

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Hello Dr. Farooq, I fully agree with your latest paper on Einstein and his relationship to Zionism and I might add his support for the establishment of world socialism (Universalism) as he had expressed in 1949 titled 'Why Socialism' http://groups.msn.com/WorldSocialismNow/aeinsteinswhysocialism.msnw The world socialist movement is at; www.worldsocialism.org It wasn't till I read the book 'Ideas and Opinions' about 15 years ago that I realized that it didn't make sense that Albert Einstein was a Zionist in the sense of supporting the state of Israel as it is. A few years ago I came across a Canadian university that I believe was the Carlton University had a link that contained what appeared to be a well researched paper that included much of the information you have presented. I use to apply the link to document Albert's Anti-Zionist State position. Unfortunately its no longer there, I suspect it was removed due to pressure from above? Thanks for the update. For a world worthwhile for all humanity, Bill Johnson


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Date: 19 Aug 2006
Time: 15:32:47


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Interesting site for further reading: http://www.erichufschmid.net/EinsteinAndZionism.html