Moshe-Mordechai van Zuiden
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Bibi, you talk like a racist

For some people it’s very simple. If you distinguish between Jews and Arabs in Israel, you’re a racist.

For other people it’s very simple too. If you don’t distinguish between Jews and Arabs in Israel, you’re a self-hating Jew.

I’m happy for the above people and their contentment. But I think that things are more complicated. And not because of false moral equivalence.

Netanyahu uses a debating trick. He says: Arabs and Jews will have the same rights but Israel must be a State only for Jews. So, he seems not to discriminate. Same rights means no Apartheid. But it’s not that simple.

When you say: husband and wife have equal rights but women must take their husband’s last name, you’re still a sexist.

When you say: the boss and the workers both have rights and obligations but the only interests that determine whose workplace it is are the owners’, you’re still an inconsiderate capitalist with no eye for how important a steady workplace is for the identity of workers.

There is a third way to come to see this. Just imagine you’re a Gentile Arab Israeli. How would you like it if they told you: you have equal rights but it’s not your country?

Israel will obviously never be an Apartheid state. It’s not a majority dominated by an oppressive minority. It’s not even a minority oppressed by a majority. But it’s still not OK to say that Israel must only be Jewish.

One of the prime lessons of Judaism is to train us to be less selfish than without. Saying that Israel is just ours betrays that we’re still too selfish.

Three more details complicate the situation.

Being Muslim is not a race. Islamophobia is not a real oppression. Most of the Jews in Israel are Arabs too, have Arab roots. So, not taking Israeli Arab Gentile minorities not seriously cannot be racism. I’d call it nationalism or resentment against Gentiles for hatred of Jews. Just like women hating men is not (reverse) sexism.

Also, Jews are the only Nation with a Mission. Jews are the only Nation that must not assimilate. All other Peoples could mix and enrich each other. Suitable non-Jews are most welcome to join the Jewish People but they first must become Jews.

Israel is the only Jewish country. It must maintain a Jewish majority and therefore cannot equally absorb non-Jews. So, the Jewish Home Land must give preference to housing the Jews (Law of Return) but still cannot discriminate against its Gentile citizens because it’s a true democracy.

Another thing that complicates everything is that Arab Palestine is occupied by an allegedly evil king who doesn’t allow equal citizenship for the Palestinians. Israel should lead a coalition to remove the King of Jordan and establish a democratic state there with equal rights for all and intensive education by Germans who learned to reject anti-Semitism.

In general, Israeli Jews must take pride in fighting for Arab Gentile Israeli rights. Their housing, safety, employment, national service, etc.

Maybe we may compare it to Noach’s Ark. There were kosher and non-kosher animals on board but the boat was everyone’s.

The problem is that many Israeli believe that the most honorable thing to do when you’re criticized is to double down on your mistake. Would there really be no other way?

Last but not least, Bibi seems to have lost his political touch and now there is a threat of him losing the elections. He blames the biggest rival party for not showing its true (leftwing) colors and so trying to attract more-centrist voters. What stops him from doing the reverse? If he wants to attract more voters, he doesn’t need to talk rightwing slogans. Everyone knows what the Likud stands for. If he wants more votes, he should appeal to more-centrist voters which he doesn’t do by sounding like a racist

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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 1500 archived ones, go to the right-top corner of a Times of Israel page, click on the search icon and search "zuiden, XXX". 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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 (, 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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