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

Amsterdam Street Art Depicting Anne Frank Ruined with Grafitti?

Graffiti, plastering of walls, is that OK?

Yes, because it’s a protest against the bourgeoisie, for anarchy, which should be allowed in a free country.

No, because costs for cleaning are expenses, which should be recoverable from the perpetrators.

But graffiti may be Art with a capital A. An Example.

The already world-famous Keith Haring had decorated the hoarding around the giant excavation site at the Waterlooplein. Before they would sink the concrete sections of a new metro tube into the historic center of Amsterdam, where Jews first settled after the last expulsion from the Low Countries, a rescue dig was allowed. His distinctive figures went on and on along the long fence (less bourgeois than Nijntje from the late Dick Bruna, I guess). Great protests against the destruction of a whole city quarter proved fruitless. Therefore it struck me that Keith’s red outline figures were happily dancing around. However, later, some Philistine must have thrown out these unique art panels that could have been sold for hundreds of millions of dollars.

Now picture the following (it will be hard, but try). Someone in Amsterdam has a bright idea, to fly in from South America a street artist to paint an anarchistic mural in the Dutch capital. That could be Art, but avant-garde?

I can prove that it wasn’t. The mural has now been dabbed with … locale graffiti. No airfare. You can’t make this up. The revolution turned bourgeois and is now attacked by the next generation.

To complicate things further, the mural was a portray of … Anne Frank. Who in their right mind would deface that?

Exactly: anarchists.

Art experts and connoisseurs call it stupid and sad. They will only understand a revolution that’s already in the museum.

Life can be so complicated. For the establishment, that is.

About the Author
The author is a fetal survivor of the pharmaceutical industry (DES - Diethylstilbestrol), born in 1953 to two Dutch Holocaust 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 He wrote an unpublished tome about Jewish Free Will.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 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 - 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. Many people can't understand or like him because he has such a wide vision that he never fits any specialist's box. But that exactly what others 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. * 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.