Moshe-Mordechai van Zuiden
Moshe-Mordechai van Zuiden
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73 false myths about Israel

On Israel’s 73rd Day of Independence, here are 73 incorrect ideas.

  1. All Israeli Jews are deeply Zionistic.
  2. All Israelis live in constant fear.
  3. Most Israelis hate Muslims and Most Israeli Muslims hate Jews.
  4. Camels are still an important part of transportation in Israel.
  5. Most Israelis have European roots.
  6. Most manual labor in Israel is done by non-Jews.
  7. Most Israeli Jews are religious.
  8. Most Israeli Jews are secular.
  9. Israel is a backward primitive country.
  10. In Israel, most Jews are small Einsteins.
  11. The best Israeli chess players are Jews.
  12. The IDF has no ultra-Orthodox Jewish soldiers.
  13. The IDF has no Muslim soldiers.
  14. Most Israeli Jews don’t marry Jews from other traditions.
  15. Most Israelis live on a Kibbutz.
  16. Most Israelis live in large cities.
  17. Most Israelis have a lot of money.
  18. On Shabbat, all of Israel’s public life shuts down.
  19. In Tel Aviv, everyone is secular, vegan, and gay.
  20. In Jerusalem, almost everyone is ultra-Orthodox.
  21. All, all the ultra-Orthodox do all day long is pray and learn Talmud.
  22. Marriages that are forbidden by the Torah are not recognized in Israel.
  23. Jewish security personal control the Muslim West Bank cities.
  24. From looking at someone, you can tell a Muslim from a Jew.
  25. Most Israeli Jews vote right-wing because they are rich.
  26. Most heads of the army, security, and intelligence are right-wing.
  27. Generals stay away from politics in Israel.
  28. Most Arabs in Israel are Muslim.
  29. Inhabitants of Gaza don’t like the Jews they meet.
  30. Israeli Law is based largely on Jewish Law.
  31. Most events in Israel are highly scripted and meticulously planned.
  32. Most Israelis are excellent at folk dances.
  33. Israelis eat hummus, falafel, and shwarma every day.
  34. Most secular Jews in Israel do not celebrate Shabbat.
  35. Most bus drivers in Israel are Jews and speak English too.
  36. The climate in Israel is everywhere the same because it’s small.
  37. The climate in Israel is everywhere different because it’s huge.
  38. Israelis are good at making and saving money.
  39. Most Israelis agree with each other on most things.
  40. There are great solidarity and unity among Israeli Jews.
  41. You hardly see any Muslim students in Israel’s universities.
  42. All Israeli Jews have a great sense of humor and play the violin.
  43. Most Israelis are very, very sexy.
  44. Israeli Jews and Jordanian and Egyptian Muslims have become friends.
  45. The international media give a fairly objective picture of Israel.
  46. All Israeli media give a flattering or truthful picture of Israel.
  47. All Israeli Jews visit Jerusalem at least once a year.
  48. Most Israeli Jews speak Hebrew well.
  49. Because many Israeli Jews carry guns, there is much gun violence.
  50. Israel is a small country that is completely built up.
  51. The most popular songs in the IDF are about winning wars.
  52. Israeli society is very materialistic with bank robberies every day.
  53. The many wars have left most Israelis angry and pessimistic.
  54. Life expectance, because of all the wars and terrorism, is low in Israel.
  55. Israel enjoys much international political and financial support.
  56. There are few wars in Israel because of the help from other countries.
  57. Climate change makes that less rain falls now in Israel.
  58. Living in Israel feels the same as outside of Israel.
  59. Most tourists find Israel mostly as they expected.
  60. Christians are a little bit oppressed in Israel.
  61. In Israel, all top positions must be taken by Jews.
  62. Anywhere you walk in Israel, you feel that the land is holy.
  63. All Israelis are always especially friendly and patient to tourists.
  64. Most Israelis love life in Israel because life there fills them with hope.
  65. Wildlife is very exotic and most Israelis can tell you about it endlessly.
  66. Israelis are very busy and have little time to cook or talk about cooking.
  67. All Israeli religious Jews agree because of their joint chief rabbi.
  68. Jews from Arab countries and Arab Israelis have little in common.
  69. Jews who immigrated to Israel generally can keep their friends abroad.
  70. There is so much news in Israel that most people can’t keep up.
  71. Most Israelis are eagerly awaiting people from outside to lecture them.
  72. There is so much news in Israel that most people can’t keep up.
  73. Most Israelis are eagerly awaiting people from outside to lecture them.
  74. Israeli are very precise in their predictions and surprises are rare.

Now you know what not to know.

About the Author
MM is a prolific and creative writer and thinker, a daily blog contributor to the TOI. He is a fetal survivor of the pharmaceutical industry (, born in 1953 to two Dutch survivors who met in the largest concentration camp 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 strict vegan since 2008. He's an Orthodox Jew but not a rabbi. * 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, lehavdil bein chayim lechayim: Rabbi Dr. Natan Lopes Cardozo, Rav Zev Leff, and Rav Meir Lubin. * 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 (statistics), Politics (Israel, the US and the Netherlands, Activism - more than leftwing or rightwing, he hopes to highlight Truth), Oppression and Liberation (intersectionally, for young people, the elderly, non-Whites, women, workers, Jews, LGBTQIA, foreigners and anyone else who's dehumanized or exploited), Integrity, Philosophy, Jews (Judaism, Zionism, Holocaust and Jewish Liberation), Ecology and Veganism. Sometimes he's misunderstood because he has such a wide vision that never fits any specialist's box. But that's exactly what many love about him. 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 quite 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 500th blog post with the ToI. If you're a native English speaker and wonder why you should read from people whose English is only their second language, consider the advantage of having a peek outside of your cultural bubble. * To find his earlier blog posts on a certain subject XXX, among his over 1200 ones, go to the right-top corner of the Times of Israel page, click on the search icon and search "zuiden, XXX". His second daily active less tame blog, to which one may subscribe, one may find here: or by clicking on the globe icon next to his picture on top. * To send any personal reaction to him, scroll to the top of the blog post and click Contact Me.
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