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Letter Warning Of Zionist Fascism In Israel
- Letter That Albert Einstein Sent to the
New York Times
1948, Protesting the Visit of Menachem Begin
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Letters to the Editor
New York Times
December 4, 1948
TO THE EDITORS OF THE NEW YORK TIMES:
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.
Americans of national repute have lent their names to welcome his
visit. It is inconceivable that those who oppose fascism throughout
the world, if correctly informed as to Mr. Begin's political record
and perspectives, could add their names and support to the movement
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.
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.
RABBI JESSURUN CARDOZO
HERMAN EISEN, M.D.
M. GALLEN, M.D.
ZELIG S. HARRIS
IRMA L. LINDHEIM
MYER D. MENDELSON
M.D., HARRY M. OSLINSKY
LOUIS P. ROCKER
New York, Dec. 2, 1948
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