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

How the meaningless gesture by Trump still became meaningful

Just imagine that someone “acknowledges” that you are a human being with inalienable rights. That’s like declaring that the sky may contain clouds. It’s beyond meaningless; it’s silly.

But not always so, apparently.

Look at what happened with the US now in only a gimmick showing that it believes that the independent, UN-approved democratic unaggressive State of Israel has the right to declare its own capital. Why does that have any meaning? Two reasons.

One, it becomes meaningful to declare someone human, to love a group of people, and to affirm the right of a state to exist, when that has been widely denied before. It’s a moving correction of injustice.

Secondly, the US love affair with Israel lies bare the Jew-hatred that’s still around. It boldly declares this bigotry to be totally unacceptable.

The latter point is the most meaningful because Jew-hatred is one of the two main pillars of the ongoing lack of peace around Israel. (The other pillar is not understanding the holiness of human life and an easiness to kill.) It’s not the occupation, it’s not racism, it’s not nationalism, it’s not capitalism, it’s not old memories, it’s not lack of tolerance – you name it.

It’s not supernatural when some Gentiles stand with Jews. It’s weird that not everyone does.

The Christian and Muslim world have learned to hate Jews. It’s a form of not honoring one’s parents. (No, we’re not your older brother; we’re your parent religion.) The US on-the-whole has repented. Germany has largely and significantly repented. The RC Church has half-way repented. But the hatred is still alive and kicking in the Arab world.

Jew-hatred, and nothing else, has prevented the Arab world as-a-whole from accepting Jews and a Jewish State in their midst. Ending Jew-hatred, and nothing else, can bring peace to the Middle East.

This uncomfortable truth has been exposed by Trump’s unexpected move. It didn’t intend to do that. It was meant to be a silly move. But it turned out most meaningful.

That’s why – strangely – the attacks for the American move are mainly against Israel and not the US. The prime underlying cause, after all, is hatred against Jews, not against the Christian Modern West.

Europe, still financing Arab Palestinian hatred of Jews, and most Muslim countries need to stop Jew-hatred. Unconditionally and immediately. If they want peace.

Don’t hold your breath. Animosity against Jews has been proven to be a stubborn enemy. But it’ll take longer to end when one does nothing.

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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