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Moshe-Mordechai van Zuiden
Psychology, Medicine, Science, Politics, Oppression, Integrity, Philosophy, Jews -- For those who like their news and truths frank and sharp

Heed IDF’s prediction of ‘extreme’ Israeli-Arab city violence in the next war!

This is an IDF intelligence warning, not a Divine definite prophecy!

Israelis in mixed cities must immediately start massive efforts to defuse tension and foster friendship between their constituencies.

Most Israelis don’t live in mixed settlements for many reasons:

Jews are commanded to live on their own.

Jews living by themselves prevents intermarriage, read: going extinct.

Most Jews don’t feel or are safe to live among Muslims. (To work is OK.)

Most Muslims don’t want to live with Jews.

So, most Jews and Muslims don’t face a problem of overboiling emotions.

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The problem with most groups building mutual understanding is that only a minority comes, especially those who are already tolerant.

The Times of Israel reports that statistics from the last explosion of violence show that most perpetrators were Muslims and minors.

Therefore, it would be wise to start telling Muslim parents in mixed Israeli cities that the freedom they once may have felt to trash Jews is becoming too expensive. Things escalate more nowadays. It could cost them their kid (death, jail), their house, and they might even risk being deported to Gaza.

It could also help to explain that talking about hurts suffered from a Jewish State must be talked about to get over them a bit. But, that, on the other hand, centuries of hatred of Jews have been based on lies. Don’t just believe everything bad they say about Jews. Learn about the Holocaust. That’s what baseless slander can lead to. Teach your children to distrust any story that trashes whole sections of the population, Jews, women, etc. As the Hebrew saying goes: ‘Yesh weyesh.’ There are [good ones] and there are [bad ones in every group]. Ask Germans to help.

Jewish parents must be told to tell their kids that a wish to provoke may come from ‘sincere’ righteous anger but could provoke a fatal attack on weaker Jews. Anger is to share, not to incite with or act on. Despair we feel as Jews is from 2,000 years of persecution. We can feel it because it’s safe now, here in Israel. Remember that the real situation is hopeful and good.

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We all have much more in common than what divides us. Also, there are good and bad people in almost every group. Yet, we’re not all the same.

Christian culture seems to say that we’re all the same, hinting that we should all adopt the same ideas and beliefs.

Muslim culture seems to say that, since G^d created us and He is One without different aspects, His Creation must also be.

Yet, Judaism says: The Torah, the Story of Creation, starts with a B, the letter with the numerical value of 2. G^d created a world full of opposites, contrasts, and halves that complement each other. That way, we can have a Free Choice between different options. It’s not that, whatever we do, makes no difference. Not all people are identical. Neither are all Nations. NB: This takes nothing away from our fundamental equality for the law.

About the Author
MM is a prolific and creative writer and thinker, an almost daily blog contributor to the Times of Israel, and previously, for decades, he was known to the Jerusalem Post readers as a frequent letter writer. He often makes his readers laugh, mad, or assume he's nuts—close to perfect blogging. He's proud that his analytical short comments are removed both from left-wing and right-wing news sites. * 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 about what (lack of) backgrounds, experiences, and education contribute to his visions. * To find less-recent posts on subject XXX among his over 1550 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/. * Like most of his readers, he believes in being friendly, respectful, and loyal. Yet, 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 who don't deserve that. 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), 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. * 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. * 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. 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, anti-elitism, anti-bigotry and supremacy, for Zionism, Intersectionality, and 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. * He is a fetal survivor of the pharmaceutical industry (https://diethylstilbestrol.co.uk/studies/des-and-psychological-health/), born in 1953 to 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. Bullies and con artists almost instantaneously envy and hate him. * 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, empowering therapist. He became a social activist, became religious, made Aliyah, and raised three wonderful kids non-violently. 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 being a strict vegan since 2008. He's an Orthodox Jew but not a rabbi. He lives with his library in Jerusalem. Feel free to contact him. * His writing has been made possible by a (second-generation) Holocaust survivors' allowance 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.
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