Moshe-Mordechai van Zuiden
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After 13 years, Malka Leifer finally returned to Australia

Stop everyone from abusing the system

High time to indict all the people who protected her against facing justice and where there are no laws to do so, to create legislation to bring to justice people who abuse the system to neutralize it.

I think of people who hid her, those who tried to shield her by talking to high-ranking people, prominent people who abused their clout, etc.

A lot of safeguards are in place to prevent as much as possible that innocent people would be convicted or even indicted. But those who abuse those preventative measures should face the consequences.

It’s the same as with free speech. That is only for people who are for free speech for everyone. Those who abuse freedom of speech to attack equality of all citizens and democracy should be silenced.

Same with democracy. Those who want to be elected to hamper and dismantle democracy should be blocked from standing for office.

Snobs and others who consider themselves above the law should pay.

Trump has revealed the need to also protect the public against lying, fake news, conspiracy theories, manipulation of facts, whataboutism, name-calling, propaganda, slander, supremacists dog whistles, and power grabs. His abuse also highlighted the free press as indispensable for democracy. Whoever attacks the press is an enemy of society and must be silenced.

And, of course, the ‘free press’ and ‘social media’ that incites is neither and deserve to be blocked and outlawed, not be tolerated for a second.

Social justice demands that we restrain the elites and the over-privileged. A philosophy or world view, that justifies, for some, to consume dozens of times more than their fair share while others starve, slaughters equality.

Anarchists and anti-Zionists who just call on their supporters or the public to disrupt society do not get their unfair share at the marketplace of ideas.

They act very differently from those who constructively want to change or improve the status quo. Calls for change are fine, for destruction are out.

Dissent, passion, and anger are OK, lying, intimidation, and violence not.

Likewise, remove dictatorships from the United Nations and the ICC. If that’s 70% of all countries, so be it. Want to be part of the international conversation? Transform your country into a democracy. But, the UN is there to prevent wars! You can’t negotiate with dictators, only force them. Silenced Peoples and groups must be given a voice instead of their tyrants.

And terrorists claiming to be freedom fighters and liberators get no mike.

State (-sponsored) terrorism is, of course, also terrorism and intolerable.

The murder of Female and Gay family members is terrorism too.

The hardest issue to convey may be that acting irresponsibly to oneself or society can’t be simultaneously ‘protected’ as personal freedom. Those ‘choosing’ to gable away their or others’ lives act at lib but not in Liberty. Rather than freedom, that is carelessness and stupidity. The Netherlands has a nice section about suicide in its laws: It’s forbidden, but if one (tries to) violate that injunction, one doesn’t get punished but gets mental help.

These are not restrictions on justice, free speech, debate, and democracy. These are actions to protect those goods against abuse. Resistance against the resistance means support. Opposition against enemies of equality, peace, and freedom for all is the strengthening of these public goods.

All the links are examples of the text in the news of the last couple of hours.

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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