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

Dear President Rivlin, Don’t blame the Jews

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We have a marvelous president. Especially his stand against racism was already known before he took up Israel’s highest but largely ceremonial office. One of his prime tasks is promoting unity. So it’s understandable that at the commemoration of one of the worst infightings in Jewish and Zionist history, he warned against expressions of self-hatred.

However.

Let’s not forget why there is Jewish self-hatred. It stems from being surrounded by enemies. It’s a (failing and malicious) attempt to deal with the tension coming from being surrounded by an enormous number of people who want us all dead. Let’s not point fingers at the victim.

While Jewish Law is tough on traitors that endanger everyone and on even any Jew speaking badly about a fellow Jew, we must not lose sight of where it all comes from.

So, I respectfully dispute President Rivlin’ assertion that our “greatest threat lies within us.” Also the PM barked up this wrong tree.

We don’t find that an enormous amount of Dutch people hate the Dutch and slanders them to the non-Dutch, distancing themselves from those Dutch who are not OK and even plead for sanctions and worse against the Netherlands.

Once the whole world rallies around the Jews to protect and celebrate us, we will have no infighting either, no Jews who don’t want to be Jewish.

We are not our worst enemies. Our enemies are. And that rubs off. But let’s not blame the victim. If blaming the Jews for their own stress is good, it is very well done by our enemies.

So, instead of calling upon Jews to stop fighting each other, let’s call upon the Gentiles to stop persecuting us. There are enough decent people around to stop all Jew-hatred. Only, they are largely passive.

That is what our president should address primarily IMHO.

See also: New: antisemitism is mostly envy.

About the Author
The author is a fetal survivor of the pharmaceutical industry (DES - Diethylstilbestrol), 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 He wrote an unpublished tome about Jewish Free Will.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 vegan for 8 years now. 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, 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. * 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. To see other blog posts by him, a second blog - under construction - can be found by clicking on the Website icon next to his picture.
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