Moshe-Mordechai van Zuiden
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Do away with stale ideas about ‘the Israeli-Arab vote’

Elinor (Jewish) and Salma (Muslim) become friends on the Israeli TV show “Master Chef” source: Mako
Elinor (Jewish) and Salma (Muslim) become friends on the Israeli TV show “Master Chef” source: Mako

First of all, “Israeli-Arab” is code for the 2 million Muslims Israelis. There is no intention to include the word for the 4 million Israeli Jews from Arab-speaking countries.

Arab lawmakers in the Arab parties seem to spend most of their public time competing for who’ll look like the greatest anti-Zionist. But not all Israeli Muslims like that. Many want their representatives (Arab or not) join the government and improve the lives of everyone. Even a quarter of all Israeli Arabs see Bibi Netanyahu as the most suitable PM (recent poll). And he doesn’t exclude them from a ministerial post (election stunt).

Not all US Blacks live “in the inner cities.” Not all Muslims in Israel live isolated in Arab villages. Most of them work side-by-side with Jews, for starters. Stop the racist stereotypes. They are unbecoming and untrue.

Yes, there are many Israeli Jews who’d prefer to live in a country with only Jews with all non-Jews being tourists.

However, the situation is much like the religious Jew who told me that he’s a capitalist. He said: You can’t just refrain totally from being humane if you’re a religious Jew.

Same here: Many Jews could like to have the country for ourselves but getting there conflicts with many of our realizations about the good life:

* It would deny or fail to acknowledge and appreciate that much of the houses and other buildings in present Israel were (and are) built by Muslims.

* In Israel, many a life was saved and many a sick was guided back to health by Gentiles working in the health industry and many an old person was nursed lovingly and humbly by a non-Jewish caregiver.

* Most bus lines would stop operating without their Arab drivers.

* It ignores that Muslims living here for 2-8 generations (and not much more — that’s true) are human and have feelings and rights too. If you deny that, you, first of all, hurt your own human image.

* Hate it or love it but some of our brightest are Muslim Israelis.

* Let’s stop the spin that holds that Palestinian Muslims are the Jews’ (and everyone’s) underdog. Painting them all as pathetic is racist too.

Yes, non-radical Muslims in wars killed, maimed, and threatened a lot of Jews but we don’t believe in collective punishment. We’re allowed to be suspicious and expect respect but not to reject out of hand, “them” all.

Yes, Jews should live apart from Gentiles and not marry them but that’s not the same as disrespecting them or kicking them out of the country.

And let’s not forget the many Israeli Jews who’ll vote for the Arab block. Like this group of academics. This doesn’t include the ultra-left lying anti-Zionist hate mongering Jews who’re more against Jews than for Arabs.

BTW: The law gives us a few weeks to return an item we purchased if we are sorry buying it — no questions asked. But after voting, no amount of regret helps to let us vote differently. How come?

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 (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. * 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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