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

Anne Frank cannot be insulted. When you laugh about her you trash yourself.

Modern mural of Anne Frank in Amsterdam
Modern mural of Anne Frank in Amsterdam

Netflix programs I’m not likely to see. I don’t need to kill time and I still have plenty of books to read. But Netflix is very popular and as such bears great responsibility to help build up humanity and not destroy us.

I watch almost all YouTube clips from the Daily Show and the Late Show so I consider myself a person with a sense of humor.

My four grandparents were murdered in the Holocaust so I regard myself a person more knowledgeable and responsible concerning communications about the largest attempt at wiping out the Jews.

There is a difference between Jews making self-depreciative jokes and Jews participating in anti-Semitic humor. (Yes, the actors are Jews and Jews can spread anti-Semitism, as I explained before.) Jokes reported in this satire are plain anti-Semitism. There is no better word for it.

One example: a joke that makes Hitler and Anne Frank comparable is anti-Semitic. Something like, WW II was just a clash between Germany and it’s Jews. It wasn’t at all. It was a one-way onslaught on Jews. Or equalizing that FDR ignored the Holocaust and if you find this “satire” revolting anti-Semitism you should also look the other way. How sick.

Their claim that to this program “no one is off limits, nothing is sacred” is a lie. (Jew-hatred is always connected to lies. There is no “honest” anti-Semitism.) There are no jokes about the Prophet of Islam or they would put themselves in mortal danger. There are no jokes about milk carton youth kidnapped, raped and murdered because it would expose the jokers as heartless and cruel. So the jokes are about Jews who have a hard time feeling safe and therefore a hard time defending themselves.

Jokes that seem anti-Semitic could be OK if there weren’t much Jew-hatred around. But they’re really not funny at a time that it’s on the rise and Jews need to have armed guards at any place they gather. Now making jokes about Jews, places you at the wrong side of history. Just like jokes about feminists and Blacks and physically different people don’t just show bad taste but are really oppressive bigotry.

The issue is not that jokes like that could hurt Holocaust survivors, their offspring or Jews in general. The Holocaust was the moral downfall and embarrassment of Western civilization, not of Jews. Jews will always survive. But Christianity went into a real crisis because of it. To stop embarrassing Gentiles, Netflix should be stopped and made to apologize.

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To subscribe to his daily blog posts, enable an "RSS Feed Reader" for your device. Then click on the circle next to the ToI blogger's picture, containing a dot with two quarter circles around it (the Feed Computer icon). * The author is a fetal survivor of the pharmaceutical industry (DES - Diethylstilbestrol), 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 vegan for 8 years now. 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, 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. * 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.
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