Moshe-Mordechai van Zuiden
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How to recognize fake friends of Palestinian Arabs as just Jew-haters?

Elinor (Jewish) and Salma (Muslim) become friends on the Israeli TV show “Master Chef” source: Mako
Elinor (Jewish) and Salma (Muslim) become friends on the Israeli TV show “Master Chef” source: Mako

All haters of Jews in general and of Israeli Jews in particular use lies to make their main points. Therefore, to counter their evil cause, it is enough and important to learn to show the contrary truth for all to see. Not to turn around the diehard Jew-haters. Only to reach the innocent bystanders who assumed that the accusers must be somewhat right.

It doesn’t matter if these anti-Zionists are Jew or Gentile, live in Israel or outside — all of them must be shown for what they are. Jews and people living in Israel even more so because they claim to be more legit critics.

But a distinction must be made between people who naively assume that the myths and slander about Jews/Israel must be (somewhat) true and who ‘know so’ with deep conviction because they feel their hatred so deeply.

A Portrayal

Every Zionist who publishes on the Internet knows them, trolls that attack you, sometimes friendly, at times cynically or bitterly, in name of the Palestinians. To me, they are clearly anti-Semites, but how to show that?

First of all, there are no long-term contradictions between the needs of people and in particular not of Peoples. Those who want peace in the Middle East therefore support Israeli Jews and Muslims and Palestinian (Jordanian) Arabs alike. So, when some claim to be in tears about those poor Palestinians but shed no eye water on the position of Jews in Israel, who live under siege already for generations, you know where they’re coming from. One-sided sympathy is not empathy; it’s concealed hatred.

(Same with people who feel so much for the [Gentile] Poles but not at all for the Polish Jews as victims of German Nazism.) Jealousy has always been an important component of anti-Semitism. You counter it by saying that everything that Jews accomplished was through great effort and sacrifice, not through privilege. You want the same  success, you need to work for it.

They don’t distinguish between average decent Arab Palestinians and the violent lazy men that claim to be their representatives and protectors but do nothing but maintaining their positions and spreading hatred. The latter they allow to abuse, oppress, lie, steal, destruct, murder with impunity. They’re staunch supporters of democracy and human rights but not when it comes to the Palestinian Arab community — they don’t need to live freely.

They don’t hold any Palestinian Arab accountable. It’s racism. Just more hidden than saying out loud that they consider them primitive and stupid.

Most fake supporters of the ‘Palestinian cause’ typically have no Palestinian friends — not even any friends of color. They sit in their antagonistic White bubble spreading hatred of Israel with a passion, just based on their antipathy. Most of them are so full of themselves that they could never have any non-Caucasian friends. That’s what hatred does to a person.

Most of them never visited Israel, read or speak no Hebrew but they assert to know it all. Note that they never criticize Peoples or Nations that are doing much worse than they allege that Israel does. They invest their energy solely in attacking ‘Zionists.’ They can’t explain why they hate racism, xenophobia, capitalism, etc. in Israel more than elsewhere. They are one-track minded negative fanatics. Same names, same opinions throughout the years.

They don’t argue against wrongs — they argue against people. For them it’s personal. They dislike any Jew unless s/he dislikes Jews too. So, proud Jews or Zionists set them off like nothing else. They are the face of hatred.

Standing up for Israel saps your energy because you have to read all this negativity. But the Israel haters are energized by putting Jews down.

These fake ‘friends of Arabs’ basically are violent folks. They hope to win through sheer power, power of numbers, loudness of voice. What they don’t have in quality (truth) they compensate through quantity (I call it violence).

A person who supports Jews against anti-Semitism but rejects Zionism is like the  man who supports women against sexism but condemns feminism. A person who claims to support the State of Israel but critically follows what it does and doesn’t trust that they will do their best, is a supremacist just like a man who says to support feminism but is conditional on what feminist positions ‘they permit,’ is a male chauvinist pig (my excuses to the pigs).

One would wish Arab Palestinians better friends than people who just hate Jews. And they have. Not only are more Arabs killed by Arabs than by anyone else; no people have helped Palestinians more than Israeli Jews.

About the Author
MM is a prolific and creative writer and thinker, previously a daily blog contributor to the TOI. He often makes his readers laugh, mad, or assume he's nuts—close to perfect blogging. He's proud that his analytical short comments are removed both from left-wing and right-wing news sites. None of his content is generated by the new bore on the block, AI. * As a frontier thinker, he sees things many don't yet. He's half a prophet. Half. Let's not exaggerate. Or not at all because he doesn't claim G^d talks to him. He gives him good ideas—that's all. MM doesn't believe that people observe and think in a vacuum. He, therefore, wanted a broad bio that readers interested can track a bit what (lack of) backgrounds, experiences, and educations contribute to his visions. * This year, he will prioritize getting his unpublished books published rather than just blog posts. Next year, he hopes to focus on activism against human extinction. To find less-recent posts on a subject XXX among his over 2000 archived ones, go to the right-top corner of a Times of Israel page, click on the search icon and search "zuiden, XXX". One can find a second, wilder blog, to which one may subscribe too, here: or by clicking on the globe icon next to his picture on top. * Like most of his readers, he believes in being friendly, respectful, and loyal. However, if you think those are his absolute top priorities, you might end up disappointed. His first loyalty is to the truth. He will try to stay within the limits of democratic and Jewish law, but he won't lie to support opinions or people when don't deserve that. (Yet, we all make honest mistakes, which is just fine and does not justify losing support.) He admits that he sometimes exaggerates to make a point, which could have him come across as nasty, while in actuality, he's quite a lovely person to interact with. He holds - how Dutch - that a strong opinion doesn't imply intolerance of other views. * Sometimes he's misunderstood because his wide and diverse field of vision seldomly fits any specialist's box. But that's exactly what some love about him. 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This short list doesn't mean to disrespect others who taught him a lot or a little. One of his rabbis calls him Mr. Innovation [Ish haChidushim]. Yet, his originalities seem to root deeply in traditional Judaism, though they may grow in unexpected directions. In fact, he claims he's modernizing nothing. Rather, mainly basing himself on the basic Hebrew Torah text, he tries to rediscover classical Jewish thought almost lost in thousands of years of stifling Gentile domination and Jewish assimilation. (He pleads for a close reading of the Torah instead of going by rough assumptions of what it would probably mean and before fleeing to Commentaries.) This, in all aspects of life, but prominently in the areas of Free Will, Activism, Homosexuality for men, and Redemption. * He hopes that his words will inspire and inform, and disturb the comfortable and comfort the disturbed. He aims to bring a fresh perspective rather than harp on the obvious and familiar. When he can, he loves to write encyclopedic overviews. He doesn't expect his readers to agree. Rather, original minds should be disputed. In short, his main political positions are among others: anti-Trumpism, for Zionism, Intersectionality, non-violence, anti those who abuse democratic liberties, anti the fake ME peace process, for original-Orthodoxy, pro-Science, pro-Free Will, anti-blaming-the-victim, and for down-to-earth, classical optimism, and happiness. Read his blog on how he attempts to bridge any tensions between those ideas or fields. * He is a fetal survivor of the pharmaceutical industry (, born in 1953 to his parents who were Dutch-Jewish Holocaust survivors who met in the largest concentration camp in the Netherlands, Westerbork. He grew up a humble listener. It took him decades to become a speaker too, and decades more to admit to being a genius. But his humility was his to keep. And so was his honesty. Bullies and con artists almost instantaneously envy and hate him. 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