How Albert Einstein Started Out as a Zionist but Ended Up Opposing the Israeli Occupation of Palestine

PALESTINE - ISRAEL, 8 Jul 2024

Ayaan Paul | MSN - TRANSCEND Media Service

Israeli Prime Minister David Ben-Gurion stopped off to visit Professor Albert Einstein at his home in Princeton, New Jersey.
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Arguably the most renowned scientists in history, Albert Einstein had a complex and evolving relationship with Zionism and the state of Israel. His journey from early reservations about a Jewish state to strong opposition to certain actions of Zionist groups and the occupation of Palestine is a testament to his deep ethical convictions and pacifist principles.

Anti-nationalist

In the early 20th century, Einstein initially expressed skepticism about the idea of a Jewish state with borders, an army, and a measure of temporal power. His resistance to the concept of a Jewish state was rooted in his disdain for nationalism.

Having witnessed the devastating impact of World War I, which claimed the lives of millions, he was deeply disillusioned by the destructive forces of nationalism that had fueled the conflict.

In a speech to labor leaders, he articulated his concerns, noting his resistance to the idea “of a Jewish state with borders, an army, and a measure of temporal power, no matter how modest.” Einstein feared the “narrow nationalism” that he believed would accompany such a state.

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