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

Christian and Muslim Jew-hatred

A history of contrasts, similarities, and potential

Christian history of hatred for Jews has always been murderous, from the crusaders to the Kazaks, culminating in the Holocaust. After that shame and the triumphant founding of the modern State of Israel, many Christians woke up and have become allies. Some have even stopped missionary activity toward Jews, but none have returned their captives. Some Muslims in Christian countries seem better at befriending Jews. There are quite some troubling texts about Jews in the Christian Bible.

Muslim history of hatred for Jews has been mostly one of disdain, rape, and exploitation. Only with the expansion of the number of Jews in Zion, Muslim anti-Semitism became murderous too. Thank G^d, the Holocaust did not get a Muslim counterpart but with it, Muslim awareness of the shamefulness of their hate isn’t great. They’re largely unashamed about it. There never were many free Jewish conversions to Islam but many of the Jews in Palestine, a few centuries ago, were forcibly converted to Islam. Conversion ended the hatred. Their animosity was not racial. Descendants of the converts are still hiding among Palestinian Muslims. Some Christians in Muslim countries seem better at befriending Jews. The Koran has both very negative and very positive texts about Jews.

Formerly Christian societies (Stalinism) murdered Jews with impunity too. European secular descendants often show again this deep hatred.

Asian non-Monotheists have no animosity toward Jews at all. If this would have been well-known eighty years ago, more European Jews could have found a safe haven in Asia, escaping the Holocaust.

Jews always knew sporadic friendly Christian individuals and rulers.

Jews always knew sporadic individual Muslim friends and peaceful epochs in Muslim society, like in Spain until the Christian occupation and in Iraq until the founding of Israel.

Western Christian disrespect for Muslims does not help and betrays a lack of humility and of certainty about their own religion. Instead, Christians should go to teach Muslims their understanding after the Holocaust and should hope to learn something in return about what is real Monotheism. If Christian and Muslim Jew-haters could band together, certainly, Christian and Muslim friends of Jews could do so.

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 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 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. * NEW: To see other blog posts by him, his overspill blog you can reach by clicking on the Website icon next to his picture at the head of every post. There you may find precursors to later TOI blog posts, addition or corrections of published TOI blog posts, blog posts the TOI will not carry and some thoughts that are too short to be a TOI blog post. Also, the TOI only allows for one blog post per blogger per 24 hours. Sometimes, he has more to say than that. * To send any personal reaction to him, scroll to the top of the blog post and click Contact Me.
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