Moshe-Mordechai van Zuiden
Moshe-Mordechai van Zuiden
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I Totally Agree With Geert Wilders – I do, don’t I?

In the upcoming elections March 15, Geert Wilders’ fake party (it registered with only him as member – seriously) is set to become the largest political caucus in Dutch Parliament. Its party platform appeared on one side of an A4 – not a summary – the complete text. It has one main point: Return us The old Netherlands. And I agree!

Wilders refuses to explain how he wants to realize outlawing the Koran and closing all Mosques, given that the Constitution of The Netherlands guarantees freedom of speech, of congregation and of religion. He’s right: Harping on how he wants to implement his vision is an elitist smokescreen to hide that other politicians reject his ideas.

Wilders made a brilliant move by deciding not to divulge any concrete ideas, sign up for debates, or give interviews, because others would just begin attacking and dismantling his points of view. Their attitude is not constructive. What really counts is the big picture, the feeling that all realistic Dutch voters have: enough is enough, Wilders for Prime-Minister because he’ll restore The Netherlands to its old glory.

(He could never campaign with “Make The Netherlands great again” – that wouldn’t work without reclaiming all our former colonies, and although there are not so many Moroccans in them, many aboriginals there do read the Koran, and we would get a Muslim majority 50 years before his prediction, so that’s not an option.)

Now, a crucial question is: Which The Netherlands do we want to reappear? Not the Dutch Republic that had to fight an 80-year war of independence with an average life expectancy of 25 years. Not the times of the 1940s when the Jews were shipped out without barely any opposition or resistance, and when Dutch soldiers were forced to kill thousands of civilians in Indonesia, to see if the survivors maybe would like the country to remain our colony.

So which The Netherlands does Geert Wilders want to return? I’m sure he wants back the same The Netherlands that we both remember so well from decades ago. ►Where it was not just indecent and “not done” but rather unthinkable to insult whole sections of the population because of religion or skin color. (Even to point out someone’s ethnicity was considered totally rude.) ►Where the issue of free speech could never mean permission to verbally hurt others. ►Where politicians maybe could shout but never anything that would sound fascist or racist. ►Where friendliness and politeness were more important that what one had to say and shouting was seen as proof of incompetence and extremism. ►Where intolerance was regarded a proof of abject foreignness to Dutch culture.

The Dutch always held: fit in or piss off (“Aanpassen of oprotten”). And that is not Wilders. His fanaticism and rudeness are incompatible with Dutch Culture and History! Return The Netherlands to the Dutch! Let Wilders return to The West Indies!

PS: One solid proof of Wilders’ incompatible alienation is that he wants all windmills out (point 7). Does he think that The Netherlands is Indonesia? Wilders, get out! We want our country back!


About the Author
MM is a prolific and creative writer and thinker, a daily blog contributor to the TOI. He often makes his readers laugh, mad, or assume he's nuts—close to perfect blogging. As a frontier thinker, he sees things many don't yet. He's half a prophet. Half. Let's not exaggerate. 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. He hopes to bring new things and not just preach to the choir. * 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, lehavdil 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, LGBTQIA, 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 quite 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 500th 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 find his earlier blog posts on a certain subject XXX, among his over 1200 ones, go to the right-top corner of the Times of Israel page, click on the search icon and search "zuiden, XXX". His second daily active less tame blog, to which one may subscribe, one may find here: or by clicking on the globe icon next to his picture on top. * To send any personal reaction to him, scroll to the top of the blog post and click Contact Me.
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