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

How can Europe fight Muslim anti-Jewish sentiments without becoming haters of Muslims and Arabs?

Frankly, the first challenge is to stop denying the virulent anti-Jewish sentiments in Muslim circles. Yet, what does society win if it succeeds to replace anti-Jewish by anti-Muslim? And it is just politically correct nonsense to say morally equivalently that we should be against both hatred against Jews and Muslims. So how to go about it then?

The solution lies in including the whole of European history.

Europe knew for thousands of years Christianity-inspired Jew-hatred. There were important exceptions, but they were mere exceptions.

Let’s not forget that the Holocaust debacle was a moral failure of Europe, not of the Jews. After the Auschwitz debacle, some churches tried to deal with their anti-Jewish bias. However, also today much work still needs to be done inside the churches and with the believers¬†(from Christian BDS-supporters to Evangelical Zionists). A clear proof of belief in their own supremacy is that I never met a Christian who was ready to send baptized Jews back to Judaism.

Also, neither Europe or North America have repented in the sense of admitting its bloody past (before, during and after WW II, they denied entrance to Jewish refugees fleeing the Nazis), except for Germany. There is some shallow repentance in being friends of local Jews and/or Israel now, but the old dragons are still there from the unexamined past and it shows constantly.

The West still needs to clean up its anti-Jewish roots.

It also needs to understand and admit that Muslim anti-Jewish sentiment on its soil is only possible because the majority with its Christian background has not cleansed itself of anti-Semitism.

It’s not enough to state that most Muslims are peaceful (they are) and that the West should only confront the radicals. If clearly Christian North America and formerly and presently Christian Europe dealt with their animosity regarding Jews, Muslim Jew-hatred would die there.

(The demand that “Muslims clean up the Koran” is ridiculous. How Muslims can be true friends with the Jews is their task – not for any outsider without any knowledge or Islam authority to dictate.)

It is not the solution to replace blaming Jews for all ills by blaming Muslims for all ills.

It is much easier to play the victim of evil than to take responsibility for having been part of the evil forces, as proved the Austrians, Japanese, Palestinians, Poles, Dutch and neo-Nazis and White supremacists. But there is no other way than to take responsibility.

So, people and countries with a Western background, fight Muslim anti-Semitism by giving priority to questioning one’s own attitude towards Jews first and foremost and that of their ancestors.

(It is most irresponsible to say, which I heard often: It is unchristian to hate Jews so the people who called themselves Christian and hated Jews were not real Christians so I as a Christian do not need to associate myself with of distance myself from them.)

Then add to cleaning up your own home, that you also don’t tolerate anti-Semitism and anti-Zionism from non-Christian sources.

That’s hard but can be done. Replacing blaming Jews for all ills by blaming Muslims for all ills (or to blame Jews and Muslims equally) is easy but will not lead to improvement of one’s society. And hatred is the problem of the haters, not of the hated, so going from being a hater to being a hater is no progress. Nurturing Jew-hatred keeps one trapped in lies that hamper one’s own liberation¬†– and distant from Jews, who so well could help one to free oneself from all oppression.

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 (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. * 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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