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Moshe-Mordechai van Zuiden
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Each and every international criticism of Israel is Antisemitic

But the many who utter them are not all aware of aiding Antisemitism

There is international consensus among democratic States that there are fair and unfair cases of disapproval of the Jewish State.

The European Monitoring Centre on Racism and Xenophobia concluded that anti-Israeli and anti-Zionism expression could only be considered antisemitic if it was based on the stereotype of Israel as the collective Jew.

Knowledgeable academics note what seems not kosher is any demonization of the State of Israel, charging Jews with conspiring to harm humanity, and solely blaming Jews for “why things go wrong,” employing sinister stereotypes and supposedly negative character traits of Jews.

The International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance’s definition of antisemitism states the nuance that criticism of Israel similar to that leveled against any other country cannot be regarded as antisemitic.

The general opinion seems to hold that if it’s reproach just like spoken against any State, it’s OK; if it’s over-criticalness it’s not.

I disagree. I will show that all criticisms of Israel are foul play. An uphill battle, me against the rest of the world, but I think I can easily explain it.

Germany

Take present-day Germany. Roughly 20% are Nazi or Neo-Nazi. That’s not nothing. But, most of the 80% left are fanatically anti-fascistic. They hold: Never again, not on my watch. The power of repenting!

This makes Germany a very safe place for Jews to walk around. Muslim migrants in Germany have no choice but to lay off any Jew-hatred they learned at home. (That’s why I don’t blame Muslims in the Netherlands for any Jew-hatred expressed. The autochthone Dutch are the ones who still, in great masses, don’t stand with the Jews, and now conveniently (Racism) blame “the” Muslims. I can’t walk the streets of the Netherlands!)

Now, if something anti-Jewish happens in Germany, and it does, I don’t write an accusing blog post. I don’t scream indignant or desperate slogans. Why? Because I know that the German Gentiles in great numbers will take care of it. So, I don’t need to follow Germans critically. They are more than OK. It cost a lot of Jewish (and Gentile) blood, but it’s OK now. Going after Germany with an accusing or warning finger I find uncalled for.

Israel

The same with Israel. Not because all Jews are Saints (already). Not because all the Jewish State does is done well. We suffer, like every democracy on earth under murderous capitalism that keeps the majority powerless and hungry. Paradise has not arrived yet in the Holy Land. We live for so many generations still with the threats of murder and genocide.

Yet, some 80% of the population of Israel are Jewish. In great majority, not so very religious (yet) but at least Jewish enough not to prefer to live in the Goldene Medine or by the meat pots of Egypt. Living in the Holy Land is one of the very few Commandments that one does with one’s whole body. In that sense, there are hardly any secular Jews in Israel. Some 98% celebrate Pesach! Also, because Humanism is a large part of Judaism.

I don’t criticize Germany because I know that whatever goes wrong there, they will take care of it. Identically, I expect Gentile Nations not to pan Israel because we are a very fine People. When anything is not OK here, we will take care of it so that it improves until it is beyond condemnation!

Besides, many things in Israel go better than in the countries that criticize us. And much of the condemnation is just to paint us negatively so that their Jew-hatred seems justified. But even justified criticism is redundant. The whole exaggerated hyperfocus on Israel is already Antisemitic. We’re like the loveliest child in a family that non-stop gets evaluated and commented on by all the others. The world’s Cinderella.

Therefore, people who criticize ‘those Israelis’ have an (often unaware) assumption that we are not OK. That we need morally superior Gentiles to correct us. That is 100% Antisemitism. We know better than anyone, critical as we are, that things need improvement, that not all is done perfectly. We really don’t need an outsider’s ‘moral’ voice to correct us.

QOD: Each and every international criticism of Israel is Antisemitic.

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. As a frontier thinker, he sees things many don't yet. He's half a prophet. Half. Let's not exaggerate. He 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 1500 archived ones, go to the right-top corner of a Times of Israel page, click on the search icon and search "zuiden, XXX". 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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. * 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 (https://diethylstilbestrol.co.uk/studies/des-and-psychological-health/), 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. He hopes to bring new things and not just preach to the choir. * He holds a BA in medicine (University of Amsterdam) – is half a doctor. He practices Re-evaluation Co-counseling since 1977, is not an official teacher anymore, and became a friendly, powerful therapist. He became a social activist, became religious, made Aliyah, and raised three wonderful kids. Previously, for decades, he was known to the Jerusalem Post readers as a frequent letter writer. For a couple of years, he was active in hasbara to the Dutch-speaking public. 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 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. 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