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

How many deaths would you give for a bristling economy?

In the US, they did not detect and did not demand lockdown for months. Their number of deaths from COVID-19 is staggering.

In Israel, the government took ‘harsh’ measures. Actually, all the time, it balanced the most extreme health demands with the most minimalist economic demands. It never went as extreme (and inhumane) as China, which had something like 50,000 death, is now claimed. Israel escaped with a few over 200. Fantastic! So well done!

Not for a growing number of bloody publicity-seeking university teachers in Israel. Unscrupulous number guys, economists, and a token medical expert trown-in team up to spread the word that the Israeli lockdown killed the economy and saved ‘but’ 2000 lives.

They advocate themselves as ‘scientists, not politicians.’ They are not only ruthless; they are lying. Don’t be impressed or fooled by their smart tricks.

They are different from magicians. A good magician doesn’t claim to show you his secret powers. You know he’s fooling you. And he’s good at it. These scientists have no regard for truth. They lie in our faces. Lock Them Up. Fire them. Why should we finance the salaries of thieves and liars?

Why does a respectable news outlet like the Times of Israel let them spew their money-grabbing slander? The truth is that almost all journalists are language people who in general are blind for math. You can tell them anything beyond 2+2 and they’d believe it. As long as it ‘sounds’ smart.


Without lockdown, Israel would have had ‘just’ eleven times more deaths than Sweden, these scientists claim. Or, 1000% more, which they consider insignificant! First of all, they would not be my doctors of choice!

Surely, closing all hospitals would be much cheaper and in the end, all people die so there are no losses in lives. Most people find that immoral and unacceptable but that is what greed can do to smart people.

But that’s not all of it. They compare Israel, that in a few lousy weeks, managed to slow down the epidemic, to Sweden. But the latter has done the same as the UK and the US: waiting months before ordering lockdown. (They’re still hesitating.) Their situation is about to explode. It won’t stay at 1000%. In a few weeks, it will be 2000%.

Look at the real trends and compare Israel to Sweden. They come from the fantastic site Worldometers or in particular, its COVID-19 page which is constantly updated with the newest numbers.


In Israel, the epidemic is clearly tapering off. In Sweden, the sh*t just hit the fan. You don’t want to live in Sweden at the moment.

Even population-dense New York manage to bring the numbers down in a couple of weeks lockdown. But what price do they pay for not starting early! (They didn’t know. Trump fired his China epidemiologist who could have warned them. Prevention costs money.) Tens of thousands of deaths.


Israel did a fantastic job. And most people understand. So many unpopular measures did not raise the number of attacks on the government. It rather led to a unity government with parties trampling each other to get in.

True leadership is doing what is needed, not what is popular or cheap.

Beware of murderous scientists, out to make a cheap buck by playing with your mind. A Dutch expression for ruthless people is, they walk over corpses. My father used to say: They’re worse. They step on the living.

Postscript 20 hours later: As I predicted, sadly, the full disaster in Sweden is now becoming clear with the highest fatality rate in the world of 12%.

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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