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

Genocide without racism or murder is genocide too

The essence of genocide is cultural supremacy, not mass murder
Members of the Jerusalem Armenian community protest outside the Knesset following a Israeli government's diplomatic agreement with Turkey, in demand that the State of Israel finally recognize the Armenian Genocide, at its 101st anniversary. The Knesset plenary held a discussion and vote to hold an official day marking the Armenian genocide. Israel had consistently avoided official recognition of the genocide as such, at the hands of the Ottoman Empire in 1915, as it could risk diplomatic relations trouble with Turkey. July 5, 2016. Photo by Hadas Parush/Flash90.
Members of the Jerusalem Armenian community protest outside the Knesset following a Israeli government's diplomatic agreement with Turkey, in demand that the State of Israel finally recognize the Armenian Genocide, at its 101st anniversary. The Knesset plenary held a discussion and vote to hold an official day marking the Armenian genocide. Israel had consistently avoided official recognition of the genocide as such, at the hands of the Ottoman Empire in 1915, as it could risk diplomatic relations trouble with Turkey. July 5, 2016. Photo by Hadas Parush/Flash90.

Well-known are the attempts to kill off a complete People. The Jewish Genocide (the Holocaust), its forerunner the Armenian Genocide, etc.

These were efforts to make a whole People disappear of the face of the earth. As if their genes were inferior. As if genes determine who someone is. As if the essence of a People lies in its gene pool and not in its culture and mindset. Genocide and racism joined. There, mass murder is its tool.

But there is a second type of genocide. Let’s call it cultural genocide.

Cultural genocide doesn’t claim that the bodies of certain people are despicable — ‘only’ their minds. This type of genocide doesn’t try to extinguish a People by grand scale murder or sterilization but by wiping out and suppressing its culture, traditions, language, religion, and identity.

While Christian Europe tried to get rid of the Jews by mass murder and expulsion, in Muslim countries, Jew hatred translated more in rape of their girls, denigration of their religion, not to give them equal civil rights, etc.

The Yazidi genocide by ISIS was a combination of genetic genocide and cultural (‘reeducation’) genocide. The former consisted of murdering the men and impregnating the young women. They considered women just flesh incubators and believed that people come from men’s seed with the womb just being its soil. They also held them as sex slaves. Ugh!

The fundamentalist-Communist-Chinese State repression of minorities is mostly an attempt at cultural annihilation. ‘Dissidents’ are locked up by the millions in ‘educational’ facilities only to be let go when they complete brain washing and adaptation to the majority and state-approved norms. Thus, the Tibetan, Uighur, Kazakh, Han Chinese should lose their identity, Taoism, Christianity, Confucianism, Buddhism, and Islam should disappear.

Maybe this could charm still if it was reeducation of people who believe in violence, supremacy and other reprehensible ideologies and egotist liberties. But here, the genocide goes hand-in-hand with adherence to a repressive regime that tolerates no discernible freedom of thought, expression, the press, assembly, representation, or to vote or be elected.

Leaders of all mighty nations and ideologies are never satisfied by local obedience to their dictates. Also China tries to control and then conquer the whole of mankind. Drunk on power, it spies and arms that it’s scary.

It’s racism that tells us that we should protect us from the Chinese danger while not caring about 1,300,000,000 Chinese being repressed viciously.

It’s racism that tells us that we should protect us from the Chinese danger while not caring about 1,300,000,000 Chinese being repressed viciously.

We must step up our empathy with the Chinese People, in all its diversity, and begin to demand a move to full democracy and an end to repression. Same about Iran and so many other dictatorships in the United Nations.

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 (https://diethylstilbestrol.co.uk/studies/des-and-psychological-health/), 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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