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

How come Britons and Palestinians get what Basques and Catalonians and Kurds don’t?

How come Britons get from Europe support to go their own way but Basques, Catalonians and Kurds don’t? It’s called dirty political games.

The short answer is that, 70 years after Auschwitz, still the world is ruled based on greed and opportunism, and not on truth or justice.

What nation should have a right to stop another from independence? The chutzpah to keep other people bear-hugged not only smacks of ugly supremacy but also of “good-old” colonialism.

Yes, there is more than colonialism of far-away countries: exploitation of next-door neighbors or a country’s own provinces. This is just the old exploitation disguised as “national unity.”

But it doesn’t have to be that way. Look at Friesland. The Frisians are a proud and brave People with its own history and language. The remnant of their once-enormous lands is now located in part of the Northern Netherlands. They never ask for independence. You know why? Because they are treated with dignity. Local and provincial discussions and reports are done in Frisian. Not only is the use of Frisian tolerated – it’s stimulated by the national authorities. And with it, dialects in the Netherlands receive more and more recognition and support too.

Arab Palestinians, I hear everyone think, what about them? Aren’t they oppressed by being denied independence? Doesn’t that seem the inescapable conclusion after what I wrote above? Well, it’s not. With Jews, things are often the opposite as with all other Nations.

Surely, if Palestinian Arabs want their own State, they should have one.

However, If they would be better treated by the State of Israel, Arab Palestinians may want no independence anymore. Well, that is the case for many Arabs in Israel already.

In any case, this idea of Two States for Two Nations is heavily influenced by the following four points:

  1. Arab-Muslim centuries-old hatred for the Jews. That is what makes peaceful coexistence already impossible for 120 years. It doesn’t even matter if it’s in one State or two.
  2. The Arab-Muslim’s custom (that too many but not all Muslims or Arabs follow) to kill to show opposition to ideas is unacceptable for Jews. It must change, whether for a one or two state coexistence.
  3. Arabs are regionally vastly in the majority. Though Palestinian Arabs get to play the underdog, it is Israel’s independence that is disputed all the time. Even with Israel being established, the basic threat to statehood has not changed by the founding of the Jewish State.
  4. The moral equivalence card is played all the time. But there is no equivalence. Many Palestinian Arabs would love to see all Jews dead; the reverse is not true. Jews just want to live in peace. As soon as the Jewish State is supported by an Arab majority, an Arab Palestinian State will not be a problem. But not instead of the Jewish State, of course.


If one would set out to correct all nonsense any individual wrote on the Internet, there would be no time left to sleep, eat or breath. Yet, if someone in English in a blog of a serious newspaper would claim baloney about the Netherlands, I might react. As now.

In a Jerusalem Post blog post, I read a prominent quote from a “Dutch thinker.” Besides many Dutch people who call that a contradiction in terms, the blogger lets us know that the genius is “famous.” He doesn’t say famous where, but could we assume that he’s well-known in the Low Countries? What’s his name? “E. Rotterdam.”

I lived for 40 years in the Netherlands and have never heard of “E. Rotterdam.” I’ve heard of East Rotterdam. What’s worse, looking at Dutch family tree research did not reveal one E. Rotterdam in Dutch history. The guy probably never existed. If it’s a guy. That could explain the initial instead of a given name in full. Yet, he might mean: Erasmus from Rotterdam, but that’s not E. Rotterdam.

Erasmus did write in a letter to a friend: “treat men and things as though we held this world the common fatherland of all.” But is that the same as the above-mentioned blogger says? (The English Wikipedia text on Erasmus refrains from discussing his relationship to Jews. One needs to go to the Dutch page to see how his Judaeophobe position is not sweet, but still less bad than Luther’s.)

I read in the aforementioned blog: “An intensification of separatist tendencies is a great danger and alarm in the contemporary world. If you do not study and prevent this process in time, in the near future it can spread itself.” And that is a great danger? More independent countries?

He claims that “famous Dutch thinker E. Rotterdam held that changes in state borders lead to war.”

After quoting at length an avalanche of speakers and ungrammatical English verbosity (“the creation of a territory of one state of another state within the framework of the state of another state”) we find another philosopher who never existed (according to the Internet): “the famous French thinker Emmerich Cruse,” whom the blogger quotes to strengthen his point.

And this all, because the blogger supports Azerbaijan to continue its occupation of Nagorno-Karabakh, which it flooded with its own citizens. It’s a pity that a respectable newspaper internet site lends its columns for the defense of colonialism and oppression in 2017.

My conclusion? Let all national, cultural, language, dialectal, sentimental groups have their own state if they so want! After receiving independence, they can opt to cooperate inside of trade alliances. But not through enforcement, oppression, colonialism, imperialism or genocide. Those days should be over.

About the Author
To subscribe to his next blog posts, click on the circle next to the blogger's picture, containing a dot with two quarter circles around it (the Feed Computer icon). * The author is a fetal survivor of the pharmaceutical industry (DES - Diethylstilbestrol), born in 1953 to two Dutch Holocaust 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. * 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 and Rav Zev Leff. * 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. Many people can't understand or like him because he has such a wide vision that he never fits any specialist's box. But that exactly what others 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.
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