Moshe-Mordechai van Zuiden
Moshe-Mordechai van Zuiden
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Extreme left and extreme right make it less safe for Jews in Israel

If you sort of cherish your extremist brethren, this piece is not for you.

All extremists provoke to get to an escalation because they are apocalyptic doom preachers. These can be Bible thumpers, or Marxists, or anyone in-between. They all trust that only total anarchy can bring utopia/paradise. Meanwhile, we all pay a heavy price for them pouring oil on the fire.

We have suffered this at decades of Rabin assassination commemoration. It started innocently and idealistically with young people wanting to hold on to the vision of a peace process. But every time, it was hijacked by a few bitter, hateful comments about Jews who were supposedly not on the right side of history. Year after year and counting, these speakers turned what should be a show of unity for the good into a divisive manifestation sawing hatred and promoting stereotypes. More than a yearly opportunity lost, they got the whole thing uprooted—what a terrible loss.

In the first years, it was understandable if family members of Rabin would speak out bitterly. But, over time, it turned out this had nothing to do with the delayed mourning of a loved one. The hatred continued, and others, self-appointed leaders of the true left, would keep on bashing the right.

A murder that should show and warn that hatred can kill is abused every year to assault whole sections of Israeli society. Thank you, Bennett for pointing this out. Netanyahu is blamed for contributing to the shooting, but this questionable guilt is used as an excuse to attack him for 25 years. His security detail must be the best in the world. Not just against foreign adversaries or local enemies but also against Jews who disagree with him!

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And then, at the other end of the spectrum, we just had one of the smartest and most vile Israeli politicians again provoking an Arab attack.

Granted, he was bothered by the State for decades. He learned Law and got himself off unscratched in dozens of court cases. Often, he would then demand compensation which typically he was granted. Then, he became a Member of Knesset. He could not be stopped running for office because he learned exactly how far he could go without committing a crime.

And, he precisely knows how to provoke, wreak havoc, and come out the accuser. Mind you, he’s not an innocent bystander of passer-by suddenly attacked. He’s the deliberately in-your-face spewing hatred guy until he’s punched in the nose only to scream: assault, I’ll sue you!

Now, let this be clear: There is no justification for anyone laying a hand on him, period. However, what will happen? The prosecution will either not indict his opponent or a judge will let it go or only give a minimal penalty.

That way, he just moved the goal post. A little hitting of a Jew by an Arab is not so bad, it turns out. From what used to be a no-no, it became just something not done but still reasonable. Thank you to the provocateur.

Of course, Antisemitism can never be blamed on Jews. We don’t blame the victim. Just like sexual abuse of a woman is never ‘provoked’ by her dress. But, setting out to claim Arabs they have no place in democratic Israeli (or at least, should be subordinate) is more than revolting. It should be illegal.

Anti-democrats the world over keep abusing the system to erase equality. But, democratic freedoms are not stand-alone rights. They’re reserved for those who want to uphold democracy for all. To go anti-anti-democrats is pro-democracy. Outlaw all words or actions by people against the system! This is true for him as much as for the anti-Zionist parties in the Knesset.

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 1400 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, here: https://mmvanzuiden.wordpress.com/ 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. * 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. 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 an original 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.
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