Moshe-Mordechai van Zuiden
Moshe-Mordechai van Zuiden
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Atlanta killing spree was aimed against Asians?

By far, not all details are known yet about the rampage one 21-year-old with a gun inflicted leaving eight people dead. But speculation, if this was a hate crime against Asian-Americans, began almost immediately when the news broke. While the police released the opinion of the shooter who claimed it was his sex addiction that made him do it. I want to highlight a few things that are really not mentioned in the reporting I saw.

These seven women and one man whom he shot to death were not passersby in the street. He went to Asian massage parlors, likely in an Asian area in the city. Then it matters little that 6 of the 7 women were Asian. He clearly targeted non-Whites.

Hate crime: likely. Not a crime of love, that’s for sure. I know that Asians more-and-more are under violent attack on the streets of America ever since Trump started blaming the pandemic he bungled on China and made in general racism great again. And it’s good that more and more people speak out against this variant of racism. But, the US is also preoccupied with race. Where else in the world do doctors write in every patient report the ‘race’ of their clients for no medical reason at all? This obsession with race might have overshadowed another hate crime.

Let us look for a moment if these women had another oppressed identity in common. They did. They were women. Most likely, we have here another hate crime against women. Racism kills. Sexism kills.

The self-confessed perpetrator is likely an Incel. A young heterosexual man frustrated and consumed about not ever having had a sexual date and blaming and hating all women for that. Generally, they don’t see women as fellow human beings. They want them for their needs and that they are fellow human beings with their own needs and dignity escapes them. Women to them are means to their needs, almost props in their world.

Here sexism and racism show their compatibility. For the Incel, women are worthless. For racists, Asian lives are worthless. This surely seems like a racist hate crime. Don’t forget that certainly, this was a sexist hate crime.

And now we’re at it, also another problem area gets overlooked. He was a newly religious fanatic. No doubt he was told that sex is bad and should be avoided. This is often told to gays who sometimes believe it and commit suicide. When told to a straight man, he could kill others instead. Sexuality is a healthy and good (and Jews say: holy) part of being human. Blocking it can guide people to draw very destructive decisions about how to cope.

Not to speak of how in the world he got himself a gun.

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 (https://diethylstilbestrol.co.uk/studies/des-and-psychological-health/), 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, lehavdil 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, LGBTQIA, 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 quite 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 500th 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 find his earlier blog posts on a certain subject XXX, among his over 1200 ones, go to the right-top corner of the Times of Israel page, click on the search icon and search "zuiden, XXX". His second daily active less tame blog, to which one may subscribe, one may find here: https://mmvanzuiden.wordpress.com/ or by clicking on the globe icon next to his picture on top. * To send any personal reaction to him, scroll to the top of the blog post and click Contact Me.
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