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

How come Bernie Sanders mentions good things from Castro but not from Netanyahu?

Bernie Sanders finds it only a matter of honesty to credit Cuban Dictator Fidel Castro for the things he did well (education for all). How come he can’t say one decent word about Israel’s PM, democratically elected Benjamin Netanyahu? Should we not ask this question?

The answer is that Jews are oppressed just like any other oppressed group but every oppression also has specific points about those targeted by it. Jews no exception.

Self-hate exists among all oppressed groups. Women who rather would be men (read: would love to not be oppressed), kids who just dream of being older (not seeing that their age is not the problem), etc.

But self-hatred among Jews is high as in no other oppressed group. That is because Jews need to care about everyone, not just themselves. We have a Divine mission to lead all of Humanity to Paradise on Earth. But when this backfires, because of anti-Semitism, Jews don’t only start just caring about themselves. Many Jews start hating being Jewish and even all Jews. But their anti-Semitism may be much fiercer than a self-hating woman’s sexism. They may team up with mass murderers and terrorists. They may actively disseminate anti-Semitic lies all over the globe.

Now, hear me well. There are gradations in Jewish self-hatred. There are huge gaps and differences between:

  • The anti-Zionist Neturei Karta members who visit and hug people who want to kill all Israeli Jews, like Arafat, Chamas, and the Junta in Iran, and
  • Someone like the chess genius Bobby Fischer, who hated Jews and could never stop speaking about this hatred (denying he was a Jew though both his parents were), and
  • The main writers in Haaretz who give ammunition to anti-Semites and non-hating leftists, poisoning brains and discussions around the globe, and
  • Leftist leaders like Sanders (who as a Jew, shamelessly leads foreign animosity against Israel and called Bibi Netanyahu “a reactionary racist” to a thunderous applause) and others who feel sorry for the self-inflicted hurts of Arab Palestinians but cannot empathize with the innocent Israelis who still need to be scared for their lives and send their kids, the dearest they have, to the army not knowing if they’d come out alive, and
  • Believers in and admirers of Donald Trump who pretends to like Jews but only finds them useful and reliable servants, promising them safety no-one does, this way holding Jews hostage, enabled by a hostile world.

So, the short answer is: he says he’s proud to be a Jew but he clearly is not. He feels close to any oppressed group in the world except Israeli Jews. He won’t even speak at AIPAC. (To be fair, by now, almost all the Democratic candidates (sans Blumberg) have passed on speaking at AIPAC (because of Super Tuesday), but to be real, Sanders was the enthusiastic first and not because he’d be busy.) But he would pay a friendly visit to any anti-Semitic club that would invite him. ‘You see, they’re not anti-Semitic — they talk to me.’ Not understanding, that for those, he’s just a useful idiot in ridding the world of Jews or at least curtailing their safety, power, and esteem.

Sander’s anti-Semitism shows, so say others, endangers Jews the world over, and will make him not become US President because the American People will never elect an openly anti-Semite to office. And his opponent, Donald Trump, will make sure that it will be openly.

But, do read people who say the opposite of the above. I did read such a blog post after writing mine. I only found more arguments for what I thought already. Yes, Bernie is typically Jewish in that he cares about everyone. But he’s also typically Jewish in that he doesn’t care enough about his fellow Jews in Israel — see his ‘Israel-but’ pronouncements.

(Now I come to think of it, Bernie is often portrayed in an anti-Semitic way though that is not called out and I’m not sure he recognizes it. And I’m not even talking about that blatant example when a magazine scrutenized how Sanders’ acquired his ‘wealth’ but not how any of the other Democratic candidates made their money (he wrote a book and never spends anything on fun). When they say: ‘Nobody likes him,’ that’s a (negative) stereotype on Jews. As is when they say: ‘He’s all talk but never gets anything done.’ NB: Don’t confused this all with a Jew making a self-deprecating joke. Just like a brown or black African-American can say nigger in certain contexts.)

This all, not taking away an ounce of his merit to try to introduce more social decency into the US that is missed by never getting anything from the socialist perspective that Europe got in the past Century. Until now, being a worker in the US still feels as serving a slave-owner — guess why.

And that’s exactly the dilemma for a lot of US Jewish voters. How can they pass on these great ideas but how could they support an anti-Zionist?

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 (, 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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