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

Chutzpah: local Church leaders attack the Jewish State

Christian-Arab Israeli soldiers celebrate Christmas
Christian-Arab Israeli soldiers celebrate Christmas

Literally millions of Christians flock to the only Jewish State yearly. They don’t only revel in their experience. Ever before coming here, they were already staunch Zionists, no questions asked.

But some leaders of Churches in Israel seem to have a different attitude. Mayor Teddy Kollek once invited them – I remember – to dress them down for their audacity at the time. He said something to the extent of: My door is always open for you but you need to be honest and civilized.

For years, we have heard Christian top leaders in Israel fight with unbalanced or untrue statements “for Palestinian rights” (always sounding more like against Jewish rights) while being numb in public about Israel being the only country in the Middle East where Christians can live in freedom, safety and dignity.

Just now, a new upheaval. They united and protest a new bill aimed at protecting renters from unscrupulous landlords – read: from churches that sell houses they own without guaranteeing protection of tenants’ rights.

Playing victim, they are mobilizing their Churches worldwide, accusing Israel of initiating “racist” legislation. Since when are Christians a race?

The international Christian communities should tell these local leaders that they should behave and speak with dignity and honesty, as clergy and not as dishonest politicians. And pilgrims should avoid all contacts with them until they are back to honesty and civility.

I’m pretty sure that a central theme of Christian Doctrine, especially with Christmas, is: to bring Love and Peace on Earth, not: to fight Jews.

Billions of Christians:  Merry Christmas and thank you for your solidarity!

About the Author
The author is a fetal survivor of the pharmaceutical industry (DES - Diethylstilbestrol), born in 1953 to two Dutch Holocaust 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 He wrote an unpublished tome about Jewish Free Will.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. * 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 and Rav Zev Leff. * 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, 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. Many people can't understand or like him because he has such a wide vision that he never fits any specialist's box. But that exactly what others 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. * He likes doing age-appropriate and age-inappropriate things and looks forward to getting to know his timeless mature out-of-the-box soul mate. * To send any personal reaction to him, scroll to the top of the blog post and click Contact Me.
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