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I've seen this image on Facebook, often these image macros are just made up, or misattributed quotes, what about in this case?

quotes about notable people speaking to palestine

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In short the zionist argument to justify Israel's present occupation of Arab Palestine has no intelligent or legal basis in history.

Status: correct. This quote is extracted from "ZIONIST LOGIC By Malcolm X Shabazz".(1)


It would be my greatest sadness to see Zionists do to Palestinian Arabs much of what Nazis did to Jews.

Status: incorrect. There is no recorded evidence that Einstein said this sentence - without forgetting also that Einstein was a Cultural Zionist who supported the idea of a Jewish homeland (4) and he actually got an offer to be the president of Israel in 1952. (5) .

Skepticaesoterica's opinion,

The motivation for this fake quote should be apparent. It would be beneficial to pro-Palestinian activists to show that a paragon of wisdom, and a Jew himself no less, was also pro-Palestinian and/or anti-Israel.


We know too well that our freedom is incomplete without the freedom of the Palestinians.

Status: correct. Extracted from Mandela's speech at the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People(2).

Full quote:

When in 1977, the United Nations passed the resolution inaugurating the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian people, it was asserting the recognition that injustice and gross human rights violations were being perpetrated in Palestine. In the same period, the UN took a strong stand against apartheid; and over the years, an international consensus was built, which helped to bring an end to this iniquitous system. But we know too well that our freedom is incomplete without the freedom of the Palestinians; without the resolution of conflicts in East Timor, the Sudan and other parts of the world.


Palestine belongs to the Arabs in the same sense that England belongs to the English or France to the French. It is wrong and in-human to impose the Jews on the Arabs.

Status: correct. (3)

(1) ZIONIST LOGIC By Malcolm X Shabazz (Edited and Reprinted From The Egyptian Gazette - Sept. 17, 1964)

(2) Address at The International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People Nelson Mandela. 4 December 1997.

(3) Gandhi's Collected Works, Vol 74 (1938)

(4) Stachel, John (2001-12-10). Einstein from 'B' to 'Z'. Birkhäuser Boston. p. 70. ISBN 0-8176-4143-2.

(5) "ISRAEL: Einstein Declines". Time magazine. 1 December 1952. Retrieved 31 March 2010.

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Pretty good answer, but regarding Einstein, the opinions of a blogger to the possible motivation of whoever mis-attributed the quote isn't really proof of anything. I've seen this quote thousands of times, and you should never forget Hanlon's razor. – MrLore Jul 25 '14 at 7:31
Regarding Einstein, it is not sure whether he was a "huge" supporter of Zionism: – dashohoxha Jul 25 '14 at 9:58
@georgechalhoub Actually, I think it is plausible that Einstein said something along those lines: Letter to the New York Times 1948 - signed by Albert Einstein – called2voyage Jul 25 '14 at 19:00
Gandhi was talking with a quite different historical context as background, some time before the holocaust. He surely meant: Palestine does not belong to the English. – Quora Feans Jul 26 '14 at 8:29
Malcom X was (by that point) a Sunni Muslim. Are we supposed to be surprised that he spoke out against an Israeli state? – Clockwork-Muse Jul 26 '14 at 13:53

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