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

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, 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 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. 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. * 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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