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

All Jews are Palestinian

By now, we’ve heard it all. Abraham was Muslim/Palestinian, Moses was Muslim/Palestinian, Jesus was Muslim/Palestinian, all of Israel is Muslim/Palestinian, and the Wailing Wall is Muslim/Palestinian.

So what is the problem of the fanatics that claim that in fact, all Jews are Muslim/Palestinian? Truthfully, I believe that all Jews are Palestinian.

So, the problem for these aggressive extremists is that most of the Palestinians are Jews and not Muslims. It’s hatred for Jews, one of the oldest revulsions in the world (already found in the Book of Genesis).

And it’s not just hatred or revulsion. It is a violent hatred, a wish to harm and kill. The pretexts are updated through the ages but the sentiment stays eerily the same: Let’s exterminate/remove all Jews. The genocide by the Nazis is infamous, sometimes leading people to assume that all deep Jew-haters want to actually kill all the Jews. But that’s untrue.

Genocide can also be an attempt to erase a People by trying to remove their culture, customs, religion, language, beliefs, mindset, history, etc.

So, not every fanatical Jew-hater is a racist out to remove ‘Jewish DNA’ (which does not exist). What all antisemites have in common is that they base their hatred on lies. Antisemitism is not an opinion because it’s based on lies. It suffices to be honest to uproot antisemitism in our hearts.

There are several categories of lies. Here are some:

  • Jews are not like all humans. (They are inferior/superior/not human. Therefore, killing them is a service to humanity / removes their dangerous hold on humanity/is allowed like picking flowers.)
  • Jews are immoral. (They’re only OK if they change religion or spread antisemitism/they’re genetically evil and must be wiped out.)
  • Jews are Jewish before they are anything else. (Therefore, it doesn’t matter if they are friendly, loving, helpful, generous, civilized.)
  • It is OK to envy Jews. (They stole what they have/they take more than others/they claim privilege. (Really, they just work harder.))

An eternal truth: It’s lovely to be a Jew and to have Jews as friends.

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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