He writes, in full:
"When a real and final catastrophe should befall us in Palestine the first responsible for it would be the British and the second responsible for it the Terrorist organizations build [sic] up from our own ranks. I am not willing to see anybody associated with those misled and criminal people.
"Sincerely yours, Albert Einstein."
According to the accompanying letter, the "American Friends of the Fighters for the Freedom of Israel" was formed for the purpose of promoting the anti-British ideas of the Stern Gang, and raising money in America to buy weapons to drive the British out of Palestine. Rifkin was appointed "executive director" or in Rifkin's words "what we call in American — the fall guy." He was asked by Benjamin Gepner, a commander visiting the United States, to ask Einstein for his help. This Rifkin did against his better judgement and the above letter is Einstein's response.
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