Moshe-Mordechai van Zuiden
Moshe-Mordechai van Zuiden
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Hatred from Christians who love Jews and Israel

After 2,000 years of Christian hatred of Jews, it seems like a miracle that, after Auschwitz, there are Christians, by the millions, who declare to love us. But how miraculous is that really?

For starters, there have always been individual Monotheists and Monotheist leaders who loved Jews. Leaders and simple believers.

And, in our secular epoch, there are individual more-or-less-Atheist Gentiles and their leaders who love Jews. Russian dictators Putin is one.

I’ve met and befriended generous Gentiles who love Jews. No doubt about it. Their respect for and interest in Jews and Judaism are genuine. They like us and stand with us. They are often not leaders but simple believers in Christianity. There are whole nations like that like the Filipinos. About them, I’m not writing the below critical words! They’re my friends.

Hatred and Love

Every year, we’re presented a list of Christian leaders from around the globe who are for Israel. By Israel, they mean the Jewish People and State. However, some people in that list are problematic and so is the list.

Note that some prominent Israel friends are missing. Where is the only second RC leader of the Free World, US president Joe Biden, who often credits his religion? Neither included is the leader of over a billion Roman Catholics, the Pope. Staunch Israel supporter Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi is out too. This can’t be because of anti-Catholicism since Baptist VP Pamela Harris is omitted. Why? They’re not right-wing. Apparently. But, why is the very vocal, right-wing, Christian, Israel-adoring, leading Mike Huckabee excluded from this list? Is it because he’s not a racist?

To add hurt to injury, some say that Trump, the first self-declared (and obvious) Atheist US President, should’ve been included. Need I say more?

This hints at greater problems with these 50 leaders. Many (I wouldn’t say all—I’ve not checked them all out) hate anything progressive, including Science (vaccinations, masks) which is progression (and fact-) based.

This, while most Jews are humanists. Judaism has an important humanist section from which humanism and democracy and science have sprouted. Most Jews don’t have a problem with and support LGBTQIA+, feminism (abortion rights), BLM, etc. We are a loving crowd who put people first.

Now, should we be happy with the support by people who hate left-wing Christians, Atheists, progressives, Muslims, Science, etc., but looove Jews?

But, there is more.

Love and Self-Love

“I love fish,” said the man, and ate it. If he really loved the fish, he would have let it live in the wild and cleaned the water. This ‘fish love’ is actually love for what eating fish does for him. It’s a shallow feeling of self-interest.

Many Christians after Auschwitz love Jews for what Jews do for them. That is not love. That is self-centered sentimentality. Short-term, it’s better than hatred. But there is always the threat that they will explode in Antisemitism again because Jews are not pleasing to them anymore.

Genuine love is based on respect and giving. No one needs sentimentality. Especially not when it is based on self-interest and deception.

But, there is worse.

Annihilation of Jews

There are millions upon millions of Christians and their Churches that want to do away with Jews not physically but spiritually. Let’s not kill them but rather convert them to Christianity. This motive never seems far away from the Christians who ‘looove’ us. But I don’t want to discuss this since they often deny this. Antisemitism and serious lying are blood brothers. Rather, let’s discuss something they can’t deny.

Hardly any Christians who looove Jews protest or work against the millions of Christians who try to proselytize Jews up-and-until today.

Worse, they don’t do anything to liberate the many Jews who already were spiritually kidnapped by Christianity, finishing Hitler’s work.

Our Genuine Friends

I believe that many Christians and Catholics really have respect for Jews. I call upon them to seek leaders who share their opinion and feelings. And let them be steeped in love, not hatred. If these leaders hate all people under the sun who thinks differently from them, including Judaism and humanism practicing Jews, they’re no good match to us—or you, I’m sure. And—worse—they are ineffective against hatred of Jews.

Most telling of love for Jews will be Christians who organize to guide Jews captured by Christianity back home to Judaism and humanism. Now, that would be a real break with the Inquisition, Crusades, and Holocaust.

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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