Moshe-Mordechai van Zuiden
Moshe-Mordechai van Zuiden
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Et tu, Andrew Yang? Are you open to anti-Semitism now?

This modified quote (Et tu, Brute?) I use, because of a report that Yang has walked back his rejection of BDS. Maybe the reporters got it wrong?

Let me first say that, contrary to politically motivated recently sawn false mistrust about the US-Israel relationship, it has never looked better.

Trump was a phony (in every respect). Rather than liking or supporting Jews and Israel, he used us (he uses everyone). Don’t expect his loyalty.

But Joe Biden? You can trust him with your life. Same with Kamala Harris (and Nikki Haley). And Nancy Pelosi. These people rather give their own lives than betraying the Jews. Yes, we Jews have every historic reason to be suspicious. And Jews are still often naive. But these guys, trust them!

And the US Senate just voted 97 to 3 to keep the embassy in Jerusalem.

Back to Andrew. In an op-ed in The Forward, Yang strongly denounced the BDS movement. He said that: “a Yang administration will push back against the BDS movement, which singles out Israel for unfair economic punishment.” He clarified that BDS is “rooted in anti-Semitic thought and history, hearkening back to fascist boycotts of Jewish businesses.”

He’s currently frontrunner in the Democratic primary for New York City mayor. At a mayoral forum hosted by the Muslim Democratic Club of New York on Wednesday, reported Politico, he walked back his stance against the BDS movement. What ever happened to speaking truth to power?!

He said: “My view on BDS is that because of its failure to disavow certain organizations that have expressed violent intentions toward Israel that I disagree with it, but I have complete respect for people who have a very different point of view.” He abhors organizations that promote “very, very violent tactics” towards Israel, but he doesn’t have an issue with individuals or activists “making a case for what they think is right.”

Let’s translate that from anti-Semitism to racism:

My view on racism is that because of its failure to disavow certain organizations that have expressed violent intentions toward non-Whites that I disagree with it, but I have complete respect for people who have a very different point of view. I abhor organizations that promote very, very violent tactics towards non-Whites, but I don’t have an issue with individuals or activists making a case for what they think is right.

Or in simpler terms and constructions:

I strongly oppose violent racism, but I have complete respect for people who hate and look down on non-Whites but disagree with violence.

Violent attacks on non-Whites or Jews are wrong but if you just believe that Jews are leeches and non-Whites are stupid, that deserves respect?

Doesn’t jive with me. Obama showed that one can be brilliant, wise, calm, cerebral, for the people, and still not get the Jews. Who needs Obama II?

He said: “I am very eager to learn, I’m very open-minded, and I would appreciate the opportunity.” That is great. But open-mindedness should not mean being eager to learn ‘the positive side of antisemitism.’

“Very fine people; on both sides.” We had that one already, thank you.

Many Arab communities have an issue with the Jews for centuries. (Just like the West had but the Holocaust kind of exposed that as vile.) They need outsiders to support their brave dissidents, who flat-out say: Jews are the loveliest people on earth. Not people who collude with the bigotry.

We’ve seen it before. Obama knows oppression in his bones. But when it came to Israel, it all went out of the window. As some may remember.

The oldest trick in the capitalist book is: play Jews and non-Whites against each other. I’d hope that Yang never forgets that. Not for a split second.

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, lehavdil 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, LGBTQIA, 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 quite 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 500th 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 find his earlier blog posts on a certain subject XXX, among his over 1200 ones, go to the right-top corner of the Times of Israel page, click on the search icon and search "zuiden, XXX". His second daily active less tame blog, to which one may subscribe, one may find here: or by clicking on the globe icon next to his picture on top. * To send any personal reaction to him, scroll to the top of the blog post and click Contact Me.
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