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

Germans prove that hatred for Jews can be unlearned; Muslims must follow

Safety for Jews is not a privilege. It’s an innate right. Its violation reflects more on the perpetrators than on the victims.

Aversion for Jews from other monotheists is the ultimate sin. It’s like denying their parent religion, violating the commandment to honor one’s father and mother, the universally accepted fifth of the Ten Commandments! War and senseless bloodshed will not stop covering the Earth until hatred for Jews will be almost universally rejected, in the first place by all monotheists.

As soon Jews can be safe, protected and cherished anywhere, there will be peace in the Middle East and world peace.

Don’t tell me that a hatred of hundreds, or of thousands of years cannot disappear so quickly. Germans have proven that it takes one or two generations — that’s it. The success of the Germans is an accusation for the Muslims. The latter must follow suit.

Even in conservative America, it took two generations only, to go from universal hatred for homosexuals to widespread protect and fondness of them. The struggle against bigotry seems to need centuries, but this is proven untrue.

To understand religious tradition differently and repent for mistakes might be a theologically hard nut to crack, but Theologian Hans Jansen, Sheikh Abdul Hadi Palazzi and Pope John XXIII show that it can — and it must — be done.

Germans had to go through the Holocaust — more than the Shoah hurt the Jews, it was a total embarrassment for European civilization — and we hope that Palestinian Arabs and other Muslims can be spared from further killings of Jews that disgraced Islam so much, before they will say: Never Again — the buck stops with us.

Germans as a people have repented. Until recently, half a century after WW II, Germany was one of the safest places in the world for a Jew to be. And it was proud of that and rightly so!

Hatred is not inborn, nor is prejudice. Hatred of Jews is never in the DNA. It’s introduced into innocent young people, who can later still disavow it, oppose it and not transmit it to the next generation.

No, it’s not enough to say: “Christianity stands for love,” so being a devout Christian clears me of any suspicion of anti-Jewish sentiment. Many devout Christians killed Jews, not just despite being Christian, but because of being Christian.

Likewise, it’s not enough to say: “Islam stands for love,” so being a devout Muslim clears me of any suspicion of anti-Jewish sentiment. Many devout Muslims killed Jews, not just despite being Muslim, but because of being Muslim.

No, it is not enough to say: “I’m Christian or of Christian heritage, but I reject those bigoted parts of my religion or background, so don’t confront me on this.” Any Christian needs to acknowledge from where his tradition comes, and denounce anti-Semitism and agree to help uproot it from all Christian denominational fractions.

In the same vein, it is not enough to say: “I’m Muslim or of Muslim heritage, but I reject those bigoted parts of my religion or background, so don’t confront me on this.” Any Muslim needs to acknowledge from where his tradition comes, and denounce Jews’ hatred and agree to help uproot it from all Muslim denominational fractions.

I understand that President Trump is helping. He is driving Jews and Muslims in the US closer together than ever before. That is great news. But it needs spreading — in non-paternalistic, non-imperialistic ways throughout the world. Correction: Lots of Jews already felt very close to everyone else, but now many Muslims are returning the honor. And an honor it is!

About the Author
The author is a fetal survivor of the pharmaceutical industry (DES - Diethylstilbestrol), 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 vegan for 8 years now. 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, 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. * He likes doing age-appropriate and age-inappropriate things and looks forward to getting to know his timeless mature out-of-the-box soul mate. * To send any personal reaction to him, scroll to the top of the blog post and click Contact Me. To see other blog posts by him, a second blog - under construction - can be found by clicking on the Website icon next to his picture.
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