Moshe-Mordechai van Zuiden
Psychology, Medicine, Science, Politics, Oppression, Integrity, Philosophy, Jews

After Warfare and Lawfare, it’s now time for Doughfare

Unfortunately, everyone knows the meaning of warfare.

For some time we have now also lawfare, being: use of law as a weapon of war, or more precise: exploitation of real, perceived, or even orchestrated incidents of law-of-war violations being employed as an unconventional means of confronting a military power.

Crimes against humanity (purposely targeting civilians) were first seen during wartime. In the previous century, it was unthinkable that such atrocities would happen in peacetime, so these cruelties are frequently called war crimes. However, because such viciousness especially is committed by modern terrorists, it’s high time to identify crimes against humanity (intentionally aiming to hurt civilians) also in peacetime – not only during war.

And lately, there are attempts to hold people financially accountable for damage specifically perpetrated by terrorists. Terrorists have enablers and inciters. Going after the latter aspires to make war criminals and their assistants pay – (war) crime doesn’t pay. Let’s call that doughfare.

Terrorist per definition can only be fought or forced to surrender and cannot be held to any agreement. Yet their enablers can be held accountable. Doughfare seems to me an idea whose time has come.

Two very recent examples: MH 17 Mystery and American Lawyers and Court: PA, terrorists liable for NIS 62 million for 2001 murder of 3 Israelis. 62,000,000 ILS =17,628,303.42USD. Nice dough.

Of course, just like warfare and lawfare, doughfare can be abused, started by the villains. But especially for that reason, doughfare should not be a monopoly of the bad guys. So my advice: sue them!

About the Author
The author is a fetal survivor of the pharmaceutical industry (DES - Diethylstilbestrol), born in 1953 to two Dutch Holocaust survivors in The Netherlands (Westerbork), and holds a BA in medicine (University of Amsterdam). He taught Re-evaluation Co-counseling, became a social activist, became religious, made Aliyah, and raised three wonderful kids. He wrote an unpublished tome about Jewish Free Will. He's a vegan for 8 years now. * His most influential teachers (chronologically) are: his parents, Nico (natan) van Zuiden and Betty (beisye) Nieweg, Wim Kan, Mozart, Harvey Jackins, Marshal Rosenberg, Reb Shlomo Carlebach and lehavdiel bein chayim lechayim: Rabbi Dr. Natan Lopes Cardozo and Rav Zev Leff. * Previously, for decades, he was known to the Jerusalem Post readers as a frequent letter writer. For a couple of years he wrote hasbara for the Dutch public. His fields of attention now are varied: Psychology (including Sexuality and Abuse), Medicine (including physical immortality), Science, Politics (Israel, the US and the Netherlands, Activism), Oppression and Liberation (of young people, the elderly, non-Whites, women, workers, Jews, GLBTQAI, foreigners, and anyone else who's dehumanized or exploited), Integrity, Philosophy, Jews (Judaism, Zionism, Holocaust and Jewish Liberation), Ecology and Veganism. Many of his posts relate to affairs from the news or the Torah Portion of the Week or are new insights that suddenly befell him. * He hopes that his words will inspire and inform, reassure the doubters but make the self-assured doubt more. He strives to bring a fresh perspective rather than bore you with the obvious. He doesn't expect his readers to agree. Rather, original minds must be disputed. In short, his main political positions are: anti-Trumpism, for Zionism, Intersectionality, non-violence, democracy, anti the fake peace process, for original-Orthodoxy, Science, Free Will, anti blaming-the-victim and for down-to-earth optimism. Read his blog how he attempts to bridge any discrepancies. He admits sometimes exaggerating to make a point, which could have him come across as nasty, while in actuality, he's quit a lovely person to interact with. He holds - how Dutch - that a strong opinion doesn't imply intolerance of other views. * His writing has been made possible by an allowance for second generation Holocaust survivors from the Netherlands. It has been his dream since he was 38 to try to make a difference by teaching through writing. He had three times 9-out-of-10 for Dutch at his high school finals but is spending his days communicating in English and Hebrew - how ironic. G-d must have a fine sense of humor. In case you wonder - yes, he is a bit dyslectic. November 13, 2018, he published his 500st blog post with the ToI. * He likes doing age-appropriate and age-inappropriate things and looks forward to getting to know his timeless mature out-of-the-box soul mate. * To send any personal reaction to him, scroll to the top of the blog post and click Contact Me.
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