“Judaism owes a great debt …to Zionism. [It] revived among Jews the sense of community. This productive work in Palestine, to which self-sacrificing Jews throughout the world have contributed, has saved a large number of our brethren from direst need. Everyone knows that the riots are artificially fomented by those directly interested in embarrassing not only ourselves but especially England [and] that banditry would cease if foreign subsidies were withdrawn. …I should much rather see agreement with the Arabs on the basis of living together in peace than the creation of a Jewish state… a Jewish state with borders, an army, a measure of temporal power no matter how modest…. I am afraid of the inner damage Judaism will sustain –from a narrow nationalism within our ranks, which we have already had to fight strongly even without a Jewish state.” Albert Einstein, speech to The National Labor Committee for Palestine delivered at the Commodore Hotel, New York, April 17, 1938.
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