Moshe-Mordechai van Zuiden
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Do not upset the Nazis or Hamas – How the Red Cross is useless when most needed

Jews have a Déjà vu all over again. What’s wrong with the IRC leaders?

The Red Cross spokesperson says the Red Cross supports people in need but ‘is neutral and doesn’t condemn.’ Really. Let’s google it. Red Cross Condemns Israel. Also, Red Cross Condemns Israeli Barrier. Further, International Red Cross condemns cluster bombs delivery to Ukraine. And: United States: ICRC condemns attacks of September 11. And: Red Cross Condemns Use of Improvised Mines in Southern Afghanistan without naming the Taliban. In short: She lied. They do criticize. Just not Hamas.

Just, how ‘lovely’ is this one:

As Jews, we probably are incapable of grasping why some Gentiles hate us. We might be the most obnoxious people on the planet, but to hate us to the point of wanting us dead, what gives?


Six weeks ago, I wrote a protest letter to the International Red Cross.

It was ignored. No reply.

The Red Cross Middle East news has not shaped up. He’s an overview.

October 7: Hundreds abducted by Chamas and Gazans. A war crime.

October 10: Where is the Red Cross? Missing in inaction.

October 12: 50 orgs demand Red Cross work to free Hamas hostages.

October 15: Medical report presented to Red Cross: Hostages in immediate danger & unbearable suffering.

November 2: Over 1500 Lawyers Sign Letter to International Red Cross Demanding Action to Save Israeli Hostages in Gaza.

November 14: Israel’s Foreign Minister Eli Cohen met in Geneva with representatives of the families of the hostages, together with Mirjana Spoljaric Egger, President of the International Committee of the Red Cross.

November 21: Red Cross ‘cannot force its way in’ to see hostages, but critics say it could do more.

November 24: Defying the Exchange Agreement Hamas Won’t Let Red Cross Visit the Hostages.

November 26: ‘We Thought They Would Lynch Us’: Freed Hostage Says Mobs Threw Stones at Red Cross Vehicles Leaving Gaza.

November 27: Daughter of critically ill 84-year-old freed hostage: Red Cross ‘abandoned’ her, refused to transfer any of her vital medications.

December 5: Red Cross president Mirjana Spoljaric mentions hostages in passing after Gaza visit. She released a video from Gaza, but mostly focused on Gazans and not on hostages held by Hamas.

December 5: Released Israeli hostages ask Red Cross to visit remaining 137 captives.

December 5: Israeli singer calls to ban Red Cross from Israel until the return of all hostages.

December 8: Red Cross reprimands Israeli hostage families: ‘Think about the Palestinians.’ It only took two months for the truth to come out.

December 10: Netanyahu asks Putin to pressure the Red Cross to visit hostages since he is close to Hamas.

December 14: WATCH: Why isn’t the Red Cross stepping up for Israeli captives?

December 18: The Red Cross Must Stop Facilitating Pay-for-Slay Terror Salaries.

December 19: Red Cross chief: Gaza crisis is ‘moral failure’ of the international community.

December 21: Israeli group accuses Red Cross of ‘biased and apathetic’ response to Gaza hostages.

December 22: Red Cross taps controversial former UNRWA commissioner as its new director-general. Adding insult to injury.

December 24: Red Cross chief: Israel must work out with Hamas our lack of access to hostages. (Compare: Jews and Nazis should agree for us to visit the concentration camps. Even during WW II, they didn’t talk like that.)

December 24: Israeli NGO Files $2.8 Million Suit Against Red Cross.

December 25: Red Cross refused to give medicine to Gaza hostages, Netanyahu tells families.

December 27: Red Cross is ineffective, replace it now – editorial.

December 27: Media Omit Criticism, Glorify the Red Cross’ Role Amid Israel-Hamas War. How not only the Red Cross refuses to put public pressure on Hamas, but the international press agencies conceal this.

I remember seeing some released hostages in their 20s pausing before entering the Red Cross mini buses, refusing the Red Cross women to touch them and, with pride, looking into their eyes without saying a word, close by, woman to woman. It spoke louder than words: Where have you been?


Six years ago, The Dutch Red Cross came to Israel to present an evaluation of its failure vis-à-vis the Holocaust. The research was done by an outside expert of the NIOD, the Netherlands Institution of War Documentation.

The resulting 500+-page book we got for free together with deep apologies. Some people were moved. Though I’m an optimistic person, I wasn’t. Feeling remorse is not enough. Changes must be made. No changes were made. Unfortunately, we had to find out I was right.

Individual Red Cross workers no doubt have done good things. But as an apt US saying goes: Fish rots from the head down. Another one is: If you’re not part of the solution, you’re part of the problem.

About the Author
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. He's proud that his analytical short comments are removed both from left-wing and right-wing news sites. None of his content is generated by the new bore on the block, AI. * As a frontier thinker, he sees things many don't yet. He's half a prophet. Half. Let's not exaggerate. Or not at all because he doesn't claim G^d talks to him. He gives him good ideas—that's all. MM 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 2000 archived ones, go to the right-top corner of a Times of Israel page, click on the search icon and search "zuiden, XXX". One can find a second, wilder blog, to which one may subscribe too, here: or by clicking on the globe icon next to his picture on top. * Like most of his readers, he believes in being friendly, respectful, and loyal. However, if you think those are his absolute top priorities, you might end up disappointed. His first loyalty is to the truth. He will try to stay within the limits of democratic and Jewish law, but he won't lie to support opinions or people when don't deserve that. (Yet, we all make honest mistakes, which is just fine and does not justify losing support.) He admits that he sometimes exaggerates to make a point, which could have him come across as nasty, while in actuality, he's quite a lovely person to interact with. He holds - how Dutch - that a strong opinion doesn't imply intolerance of other views. * Sometimes he's misunderstood because his wide and diverse field of vision seldomly fits any specialist's box. But that's exactly what some love about him. 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. One of his rabbis calls him Mr. Innovation [Ish haChidushim]. Yet, his originalities seem to root deeply in traditional Judaism, though they may grow in unexpected directions. In fact, he claims he's modernizing nothing. Rather, mainly basing himself on the basic Hebrew Torah text, he tries to rediscover classical Jewish thought almost lost in thousands of years of stifling Gentile domination and Jewish assimilation. (He pleads for a close reading of the Torah instead of going by rough assumptions of what it would probably mean and before fleeing to Commentaries.) This, in all aspects of life, but prominently in the areas of Free Will, Activism, Homosexuality for men, and Redemption. * 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. 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