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

Anti-Semitism and foreign criticalness towards Israelis are baseless hatred

Elinor (Jewish) and Salma (Muslim) become friends on the Israeli TV show “Master Chef” source: Mako
Elinor (Jewish) and Salma (Muslim) become friends on the Israeli TV show “Master Chef” source: Mako

How often do we hear (and think) that Gentile Arabs (as different from Jews from Arab countries), Gentile Arabs from the West Bank and others who call themselves Palestinians must have good reasons to be so hostile towards Israel and Israeli ‘rightwing’ Jews? That’s all a misunderstanding.

The reason to be antagonistic towards Jews has nothing to do with Jews.

Yet, try as they do to be loved, Jews continue to be hated more than any other population, regardless of what “type” of Jew they are. Wealthy Jews are hated for having too much money, poor Jews are hated for being dirty Jews, powerful Jews are hated for controlling the world, weak Jews are hated for being pathetic, religious Jews are hated for being different, and assimilated Jews are hated for being impostors.
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They are pretexts for anti-Jewish hostility but not real reasons.

That doesn’t mean that Jews are perfect. But since when is being human a proper reason to be hated?

Anti-Jewish resentment is hatred based on lies.

You can’t undo that by asking Jews to be better.

You can’t undo that by pleading for reasonableness from the haters.

You can’t undo that by trying to ‘alleviate’ grievances against Jews.

Just like sexism isn’t caused by women and racism not by non-Caucasians.

The first step to combat anti-Semitism is to stop blaming ‘the Jews.’

So, all this talk about Israel needing to be good enough towards the Palestinians is all rooted in enmity towards Jews. It’s like demanding from women to be nice enough or we won’t fully support them.

Now, please note, most people (Jews and Gentiles) who are so harsh on ‘rightwing’ Israeli Jews mean well and are not aware of being oppressive. They would feel so hurt when accused of Jew-hatred.

Still, they need to brace themselves and realize that the only thing that stops peace in the Middle East from happening is a lack of blind support for Israel as the homeland and home-state of the Jews.

All the criticalness and hyper-focus on Israel from other countries are mild expressions of the Oldest Hatred. Israelis are critical enough of themselves. It’s the last thing we need from allies and friends abroad.

A prime example are all these foreign leaders who demand that there will be a two-state solution. The is No leftwing Israeli, No rightwing Israeli, and No Arab Palestinian left in the Middle East who wants that.

Arab Gentiles who are Zionists are our friends. They serve in the IDF, they are judges and professors. They are valuable citizens, civil servants, and shop keepers. They are not the problem. Neither are Zionist Jews.

Please stop criticizing Israel unless you want to be known as a Jew-hater.

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 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 (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. * To send any personal reaction to him, scroll to the top of the blog post and click Contact Me. To see other blog posts by him, a second blog - under construction - can be found by clicking on the Website icon next to his picture.
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