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

Do we Jews and Israel have any countries that are really on our side?

Don’t get me wrong. Often the rich and powerful are deeply anti-Semitic while populations of the countries they control are much more mellow towards Jews. (Though, not in the Middle East. You can’t count King Hussein and Presidents Sadat and Sisi among the Jew-haters of the world but their populations largely are.) Meanwhile, the United Nations continues to preach against us. Which countries stand up for us?

Canada declares the Wailing Wall Palestinian

Suddenly, on September 19, longstanding pro-Israel ally Canada joined the anti-Israel circus at the UN by voting for “The right of the Palestinian people to self-determination.” It seems that Canada has ambitions inside the Treaty Organization and has thrown Israel under the bus. One of the nasty things it undersigned is that the Wailing Wall is Palestinian-Gentile.

The Jerusalem Post aids the US campaign against Pollard’s release

The New York Times continues the US campaign to slander Jewish spies and question the national loyalty of US Jews to the US in order to not have Jonathan Pollard released to Israel.

They now ‘reveal’ (Why now?!) that another US-Jewish spy gave the USSR the A-bomb. He was reportedly part of the same spy ring that also had Julius and Ethel Rosenberg — who were executed by the US and later found to be wholly innocent. The Jerusalem Post calls them “notorious” — who needs anti-Semitic literature with such a ‘Jewish’ periodical?

How can Trump, supposedly the biggest friend the Jews ever had in the White House, who pardoned numerous people already, believe the stream of slander that is meant to keep Pollard in the US? He even didn’t believe the international myth that Israel is ‘occupying’ the West Bank. (It rather liberated it from Jordanian occupation.)

But if we Jews can’t trust Trump, why should we trust his Peace Plan, his friendship with Bibi or rely on any other foreign politician?

The Dutch finally on Israel’s side?

Contrary to popular myth, the Holocaust onslaught in The Netherlands was exceptionally enormous (compared to neighbor Belgian) with 75% of its Jews murdered. The hiding of Anne Frank is world-famous but so should be her betrayal. The largest cause of this failure wasn’t rabid antisemitism of the Dutch but rather its Gentiles not really caring for Jews (and Gypsies).

Against this background, the Dutch were very pro-Israel after WW II. Based largely on a guilty conscience. That sentiment disappeared like snow in summer when Israel won the Sex-Day War. It was no longer the underdog — the Dutch had found new sympathy with the Palestinian Arabs who now supposedly were the new victims. This lasted 50 years.

But in the last decennium, a large minority has formed in the Low Countries of Muslims from Arab countries, consisting of (abused) migrant workers and their united families and Syrian refugees. The Dutch got to know the ugly side of Islam, intolerance and supremacy thinking. And now, after so many years, the attitude under the Dutch population is changing. One doesn’t malign the Jewish State so quickly anymore. And suddenly we see some real changes. Suddenly, something had snapped.

The Dutch railways had obediently (and for a fee paid by the Nazi occupiers) transported the Dutch Jews to the transit camps and on to the death camps. Hardly any railroad worker had refused or questioned this. Just now, the Dutch railroad company has decided to pay a nice sum of money to survivors of these transports and if they are deceased already to their children (but not grandchildren) if they had any who are still alive. Partly to return what they were paid for this genocidal collaboration and partly to acknowledge how wrong they had been. They will also invest in the new Holocaust museum that is erected in Amsterdam shortly, etc.

We are waiting still for any acknowledgment of guilt by the Dutch police and military police. It was they who rounded up the Jews and kept them interned, and not Nazis or Germans. Sorry Seems To Be The Hardest Word.

After years and decades hiding behind ‘we don’t want to disrupt European consensus,’ Dutch Parliament suddenly decided, to hell with the special labeling of products from Israel’s liberated territories. Led by the Christian caucus, it declared that it would only permit the European directive if also produce from disputed territories of other countries would be labeled distinctively. This is a major departure of the past.

Ten days later, the Dutch Parliament again spoke up for Israel. It halted its very large payments to the Palestinian Authority over its Pay for Slay abuse: monthly rewarding murderers of Jews and the family of the murderers relative to the number of Jews murdered. Unprecedented!

All the Israeli media that I saw reported that soccer star Van Basten had said to a life mike “Sieg Heil” (gasp — the German Nazi greeting). This was incorrectly reported as if the sporting legend had revealed some apparent hidden Nazi sympathy. Nothing was further from the truth. He said this after an interview in German to make fun of that language and Germans — the Dutch of our generation still have anti-German sentiment from WW II.

Together with some 30 heads of state from around the world, King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands will attend the Fifth World Holocaust Forum, taking place on 23 January 2020, at Yad Vashem in Jerusalem. This would be such an excellent opportunity for the King to say what his mother, Queen Beatrix, never managed to utter: “We acknowledge and we’re sorry for the utter failure in WW II of the Dutch State to stand by our Jews.”

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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