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

Again, the Christian leaders in the Holy Land fail to act as friends of the Jews

President Rivlin invited the Christian leaders to his residence. Everyone knows that he’s a friend of the Arab People. So, everyone came. But when he and minister Aryeh Deri (who also speaks Arabic and helps the poor) asked them to condemn anti-Semitism, they did not. One of their leaders talked about what the Christians appreciate and need but that was it.

Of course, they are afraid to be attacked by the Palestinian Authority and Hamas. And by the Arab Palestinian masses.  But that’s not all.

If they were honest dignified leaders, they should either have spoken out against Jew-hatred or not have come.

And they would have condemned the violence of Muslims against them since the Second Intifada, that made almost all Christians flee all Muslim population centers. These leaders are now just figureheads of empty communities keeping up the show for the Christian tourists.

Instead, they stood there as if they own the place. And that’s the core of modern antisemitism: a lack of respect for Jews and a failure of Monotheistic leaders to embrace learned Jews as their teachers.

I asked myself: Why blog about this? This is not new. Right. So I blog about it to say: this still hasn’t changed, 75 years after Auschwitz.

25 Years ago, Jerusalem Mayor Kollek called for the Christian leaders and told them: I read in the papers that you are displeased. He then told them everything that had been done for them. Then he concluded: If there is a problem, come talk to me; but don’t spread stories that things are not OK.

They never slandered his work again. That how you talk as an Israeli Jew when you’re not respected, or they’ll just walk all over you. Polite requests and being reasonable don’t work with people who feel far superior to you.

Of course, passively not slandering the Jews is different from actively calling for an end to slandering Jews. The latter is still a bridge too far?

The backbone of antisemitism is looking the other way. Christian congregations and churches that are friends with Jews still don’t go after their counterparts that hate Israel and the Jews. That first must change.

But we Jews must surely not give the impression that systematic hatred of us is our problem. Just as sexism is the moral downfall of males, animosity towards Jews is the moral bankruptcy of Gentiles. Believers beware.

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 lehavdiel 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, GLBTQAI, 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 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. 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. * NEW: To see other blog posts by him, his overspill blog you can reach by clicking on the Website icon next to his picture at the head of every post. There you may find precursors to later TOI blog posts, addition or corrections of published TOI blog posts, blog posts the TOI will not carry and some thoughts that are too short to be a TOI blog post. Also, the TOI only allows for one blog post per blogger per 24 hours. Sometimes, he has more to say than that. * To send any personal reaction to him, scroll to the top of the blog post and click Contact Me.
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