Moshe-Mordechai van Zuiden
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How the US far-right tries to export racism and xenophobia to Europe

Het Engels wordt gevolgd door een Nederlandse vertaling.
The English is followed by a Dutch translation.

JTA journalist Cnaan Liphshiz, who is stationed in the Netherlands, is like good wine. He is getting better with time. He’s now written a long and excellent piece on how infamous US far-right Steve Bannon tries to export racism to Europe.

The bottom line of his strategy is that he uses a Jew as his representative in Europe. In fact, this can be understood as the old trick of playing Jews and non-Whites against each other. Only, in the old scheme, this was to make anti-Semitism more popular (in the US) while now, he tries this to make racism and xenophobia more accepted (in Europe).

Strangely, he uses a Belgium pawn. But there is a much more successful Dutch right-winger who already reached out to German and UK racists.

(A recent report says that Bannon isn’t putting all his eggs in one basket.)

The Belgium one has a philo-Semitic Gentile mother and his father is a Jewish Holocaust-survivor. His wife converted and they are giving their kids a Jewish education. The Dutch one, peroxiding his hair, tries to hide his Jewish mum and Indonesian dad. One need not be Freud to realize that his racism comes from rejecting himself as “half-blood” and Jewish.

What to do about this?

Maybe, European Jews with a solid Jewish background could embrace these two. When more proud of their own roots, they’ll be less tempted to stereotype and degrade others for their origin. Good idea?

Dutch Translation:
Nederlandse vertaling:

Hoe extreem-rechts vanuit de VS racisme en xenofobie probeert te exporteren naar Europa

JTA journalist Cnaan Liphshiz, die gestationeerd is in Nederland, is net als goede wijn. Mettertijd wordt hij beter. Hij heeft nu een lang en uitstekend stuk geschreven over hoe de beruchte extreem-rechtse Amerikaan Steve Bannon probeert om racisme naar Europa te exporteren.

Waar zijn strategie uiteindelijk op neerkomt is om een Jood te gebruiken als zijn Europese vertegenwoordiger. In feite kan dit begrepen worden als de oude truc van het tegen elkaar uitspelen van Joden en niet-witten. Alleen, in het oude foefje was de bedoeling om anti-Semitisme populairder te maken (in de VS) terwijl hij hier probeert om racisme en xenofobie geaccepteerder te krijgen (in Europa).

Merkwaardigerwijs gebruikt hij een Belgische stroman, terwijl Nederland een rechtse politicus heeft die veel succesvoller is, en die al heeft geprobeerd om Duitse en Engelse racisten met hem te verenigen.

(Een recent verslag verluidt dat Bannon niet alles op één kaart zet.)

De Belg heeft een niet-Joodse, philo-Semitische moeder en zijn vader is een Joodse Holocaustoverlevende. Zijn vrouw is uitgekomen en ze geven hun kinderen een Joodse opvoeding.  Maar de Nederlander, met z’n geblondeerde haar, probeert zijn Joodse mamma en Indo pappa te verbergen. Men hoeft geen Freud te zijn om te begrijpen dat zijn racisme komt van het niet zichzelf accepteren als “halfbloed” en Jood.

Wat kan hieraan gedaan worden?

Misschien kunnen Europese Joden met een solide, Joodse achtergrond deze twee omhelzen. Als ze trotser zijn op hun eigen wortels, zouden ze ook minder in de verleiding komen om anderen te stereotyperen en naar beneden te halen om hun afkomst.  Ideetjes?

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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