Worried Lebanese

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No longer protected from the worst cancers by lack of power

Posted by worriedlebanese on 14/05/2008

Bloomsbury Auctions in Mayfair will be selling tomorrow a letter written by Einstein in 1954 to the philosopher Eric Gutkind. In it he speaks of religion and jewishness. In it, he claims that Jews “are no better than other human groups, although they are protected from the worst cancers by a lack of power”.

I found this sentence particularly interesting to ponder on, on a day like this, on May 14th, on the 60th anniversary of the creation of the State of Israel (celebrated last week, in accordance with the Jewish calendar). Alfred Einstein’s words were undeniably true before 1948, but how true were they when he wrote them, almost 8 years after the creation of the State of Israel? Israelis, as a nation, certainly do not lack power. As for the way their military exerts it, it seems rather reminiscent of that exerted by the neighbourhood bully. And as Israel declares itself a jewish state, the downfall of its actions reaches all jewish communities throughout the world.  

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