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

Israel Advocacy: All extraordinary complaints against it stem from anti-Semitism

A lot of people have a lot of complaints against the states that are supposed to protect them but that actually harm them. Let’s set aside the non-democracies because their abuse is a given. Let’s only look at democracies. They too harm citizens.

Sometimes democratic states hurt their populations by design. There are many clear examples. Letting big capitalist industries rob the population of their wealth: the pharmaceutical, weapon, banking, cigarette, car, meat industries, to name a few biggies. Indoctrinating people to support war or the death penalty. Encouraging television and other addictions to keep them from revolting. Playing sections of the population against each other.

Sometimes democratic states hurt their citizens by abuse, some powerful people or traditions abusing the system. Politicians who lie, corruption, oppressive laws on the books.

Sometimes democratic states hurt their populace by neglect. Vulnerable people are not enough cared for or protected, dangerous people are not disempowered enough. As if a good life is only for the “happy few.”

Democracy is a terrible system but there is nothing better.

Israel, the democratic Home State of the Jews, is no exception to the rules above. It’s not paradise in action yet. So there could be a lot to complain about it.

Now, there are a number of extraordinary complaints against the Jewish State that go beyond the above. That it would be more oppressive, capitalist, aggressive, murderous than other countries. These complaints fall into two categories.

  1. It’s just propaganda and baseless slander by anti-Semites.
  2. It’ the result of the wars and terrorism wrecked on it and they also only stem from anti-Semitism.

So, here you have a simple two-rule idea. If there is a complaint against Israel, it’s either ordinary or it’s not. If it’s ordinary, why all the attention on it? (Other than to promote Jews’ hatred.) If it’s not ordinary, it’s either an anti-Semitic fable or the result of anti-Semitic action against Israel.

This is true because not only are Jew human like anyone else, they are sometimes on average even sweeter. But certainly not worse. So all demonizing of Israel or Jews can be simply dismissed by: you are spreading anti-Semitic filth; Jews are very fine people.

About the Author
The author is a fetal survivor of the pharmaceutical industry (DES - Diethylstilbestrol), born in 1953 to two Dutch Holocaust 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. * 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 and Rav Zev Leff. * 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, 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. Many people can't understand or like him because he has such a wide vision that he never fits any specialist's box. But that exactly what others 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. * He likes doing age-appropriate and age-inappropriate things and looks forward to getting to know his timeless mature out-of-the-box soul mate. * To send any personal reaction to him, scroll to the top of the blog post and click Contact Me.
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