Moshe-Mordechai van Zuiden
Moshe-Mordechai van Zuiden
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Arab Lives Matter, or Lives Matter, Arabs?

Firstly, I’m not going to give food to racism or cultural supremacy. In every group, there are good and not so good people. Condemning or suspecting people because of the group they belong to is unfair, untruthful, hurtful, and oppressive. Every culture or religion has sides that are excellent and elements that need improvement. It’s not true or helpful to say that some cultures are better than others. Supposedly advanced societies like the US and Japan are based on cruel rat races. Restrictive countries seem to better understand to stop destructive liberties like with alcohol or sex. So, let each group improve their own traditions rather than point fingers.

Recently, the slogan Arab Lives Matter began. No doubt a variation on the US Black Lives Matter protest. However, the comparison is faulty. BLM is a protest against police brutality. But, most Arab unnatural deaths in Israel are caused by traffic, honor killings, criminal hits, and revenge killings.

Many claim that a major cause is a lack of policing. So, Black Lives Matter protests police brutality; Arab Lives Matter protests police passivity?

And let’s not exaggerate the problem. It’s not as if almost all murders in Israel are committed by Arab Gentiles on Arab Gentiles. They have 3.5 times more murders than the country as a whole. That’s not 20 times.

But I doubt if more police are going to bring down Arab deaths in Israel.

To be fair, we should compare Arab Muslims and Arab Jews (Jews from Arab countries). They largely have the same culture. But Arab Jews don’t have a problem protecting life. The difference is not policing. It’s being spoon-fed from the cradle that human life is holy. We need more education for many Gentiles in the world (don’t single out Arabs) of Thou Shan’t Murder. (The Ten Commandments condemn murder, not killing.)

Let it be clear, contrary to oppressive stereotypes, that Islam is not an immoral religion that glorifies homicide. I can prove that. I remember when the first pictures came in of ISIS and its sadistic killing of scores of innocent people (beheadings, drownings). Ordinary Muslims refused to believe these were Muslim executors. They assumed this was staged anti-Islam propaganda. This means that the average Muslim considers murder evil. Not just because they are human but because Islam taught them this.

Yet, it seems to me that Muslims, like many Gentiles, don’t learn You [as a community] shan’t murder as straight-forward as Jews. It’s a nice principle unless you’re angry and then it’s understandable to kill? No, it is not.

Muslims in Israel must take the lead in teaching themselves and all other religions that human life is very holy. So holy that you can’t just blame fate when you fail to protect vulnerable people from car accidents, honor killings, criminal hits, and revenge killings. Fate or anger don’t justify death.

When Gentile-Arab society in Israel fortifies teaching its children the absolute holiness of human life, everyone will be safer. Such ideas don’t go together with hating Jews. But guess what. That habit needs revision too.

It also needs to speak out constantly against any killing, threats, and cheapening of life in the Arab world. Women could take the lead therein.

Note that painting Jews as murderous is the ultimate Antisemitism to neutralize the Jewish plea to stop killing people as if they are mosquitoes.

Remember to stay away from the oppressive stereotype that Muslims are primitive. If you hate how fundamentalist Islam degrades women, look at how fundamentalist Christianity treats homosexuals. Or radical Atheists treat Monotheists. If you dislike the unfreedom that Sharia Law forces on women, remember how the West has sexualized and prostituted women.

Compared to the Talmud, any text is primitive. But that doesn’t mean that Gentiles are primitive. Have some respect and humility. And an open mind.

I repeat what I wrote at the start of this post. But, if you know someone, solely based on their religion or ethnicity, you’re just part of the problem.

About the Author
MM is a prolific and creative writer and thinker, previously a daily blog contributor to the TOI. He often makes his readers laugh, mad, or assume he's nuts—close to perfect blogging. As a frontier thinker, he sees things many don't yet. He's half a prophet. Half. Let's not exaggerate. He doesn't believe that people observe and think in a vacuum. He, therefore, wanted a broad bio that readers interested can track a bit what (lack of) backgrounds, experiences, and educations contribute to his visions. * This year, he will prioritize getting his unpublished books published rather than just blog posts. Next year, he hopes to focus on activism against human extinction. To find less-recent posts on a subject XXX among his over 1400 archived ones, go to the right-top corner of a Times of Israel page, click on the search icon and search "zuiden, XXX". One can find a second, wilder blog, to which one may subscribe, here: https://mmvanzuiden.wordpress.com/ or by clicking on the globe icon next to his picture on top. * Like most of his readers, he believes in being friendly, respectful, and loyal. However, if you think those are his absolute top priorities, you might end up disappointed. His first loyalty is to the truth. He will try to stay within the limits of democratic and Jewish law, but he won't lie to support opinions or people when don't deserve that. (Yet, we all make honest mistakes, which is just fine and does not justify losing support.) He admits that he sometimes exaggerates to make a point, which could have him come across as nasty, while in actuality, he's quite a lovely person to interact with. He holds - how Dutch - that a strong opinion doesn't imply intolerance of other views. * Sometimes he's misunderstood because his wide and diverse field of vision seldomly fits any specialist's box. But that's exactly what some love about him. He has written a lot about Psychology (including Sexuality and Abuse), Medicine (including physical immortality), Science (including basic statistics), Politics (Israel, the US, and the Netherlands, Activism - more than leftwing or rightwing, he hopes to highlight reality), Oppression and Liberation (intersectionally, for young people, the elderly, non-Whites, women, workers, Jews, LGBTQIA+, foreigners and anyone else who's dehumanized or exploited), Integrity, Philosophy, Jews (Judaism, Zionism, Holocaust and Jewish Liberation), the Climate Crisis, Ecology and Veganism, Affairs from the news, or the Torah Portion of the Week, or new insights that suddenly befell him. * Chronologically, his most influential teachers are his parents, Nico (natan) van Zuiden and Betty (beisye) Nieweg, Wim Kan, Mozart, Harvey Jackins, Marshal Rosenberg, Reb Shlomo Carlebach, and, lehavdil bein chayim lechayim, Rabbi Dr. Natan Lopes Cardozo, Rav Zev Leff, and Rav Meir Lubin. This short list doesn't mean to disrespect others who taught him a lot or a little. * He hopes that his words will inspire and inform, and disturb the comfortable and comfort the disturbed. He aims to bring a fresh perspective rather than harp on the obvious and familiar. When he can, he loves to write encyclopedic overviews. He doesn't expect his readers to agree. Rather, original minds should be disputed. In short, his main political positions are among others: anti-Trumpism, for Zionism, Intersectionality, non-violence, anti those who abuse democratic liberties, anti the fake ME peace process, for original-Orthodoxy, pro-Science, pro-Free Will, anti-blaming-the-victim, and for down-to-earth, classical optimism, and happiness. Read his blog on how he attempts to bridge any tensions between those ideas or fields. * He is a fetal survivor of the pharmaceutical industry (https://diethylstilbestrol.co.uk/studies/des-and-psychological-health/), born in 1953 to his parents who were Dutch-Jewish Holocaust survivors who met in the largest concentration camp in the Netherlands, Westerbork. He grew up a humble listener. It took him decades to become a speaker too, and decades more to admit to being a genius. But his humility was his to keep. And so was his honesty. Bullies and con artists almost instantaneously envy and hate him. He hopes to bring new things and not just preach to the choir. * He holds a BA in medicine (University of Amsterdam) – is half a doctor. He practices Re-evaluation Co-counseling since 1977, is not an official teacher anymore, and became a friendly, powerful therapist. He became a social activist, became religious, made Aliyah, and raised three wonderful kids. Previously, for decades, he was known to the Jerusalem Post readers as a frequent letter writer. For a couple of years, he was active in hasbara to the Dutch-speaking public. 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 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. 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 an original 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.
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