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

Israel gives a good fighting coronavirus example

It’s impossible to give a complete overview but have a look in this limited list at how well Israel is doing:

  • Two weeks quarantine for arrivals before closed all borders.
  • Being too close with known infected: twee weeks quarantine.
  • Being very close to someone who was close to someone: nothing.
  • Secret service finds your phone was too close: Two weeks quarantine.
  • Political oversight of secret service limitlessly following citizens.
  • Mass testing. With hiccups, but the intention is there.
  • All capable labs work 24/7 to find: medication, cure, vaccine.
  • Lockdown. Police and army safeguard it. Fines.
  • Forming unity government. With hiccups, but the intention is there.
  • Most infected, not seriously ill, in hotels or at home, not in hospital.
  • Feeling ill? Don’t go to the ER (infecting all). Call. We come test you.
  • Invention of 14 years: H-piece can put 4 patients on one ventilator.
  • Using unproven medication that seems to work on critical patients.
  • Exchanging information and advice with other countries, regimes.
  • Prioritizing healing over economy. The fastest road to restart market.
  • Keeping soldiers and conscripts at the bases to keep them free of virus.
  • Soldiers serving corona patients in the hospitals and old-age homes.
  • Soldiers bringing food, shopping to the elderly and frail at home.
  • Free plentiful meals and other essentials delivered at doorstep for the elderly by municipality, charity organizations, solders of the home front.
  • Especially addressing marginalized defiant groups (Arabs, Chareidics).
  • Generous money to help workers and employers weather the storm.
  • Prisoners, soldiers making protective gear for medical personnel.
  • The Internet and electricity hold up allowing many virtual meetings.
  • Minimal public transportation.
  • NIS 8 Billion support workers, independents, and small-business owners.
  • Honoring the elderly prominently in the mind of everyone.
  • Prosecuting of spreaders of fake coronavirus threats or cures.
  • The Lake of Tiberius is filling up from the plentiful winter rains.
  • More and more, patients are treated from a distance by robots.
  • Computers track movements of cell phones and use of credit cards to notify subscribers if they were long enough close to someone infected.
  • Trying to reach, not annoy, anti-Zionist groups: Charedics, Muslims.
  • One may file for unemployment or a police complaint online.
  • The government is importing planeloads of medical supplies.
  • A whole village gets cleared after everyone went into quarantine.
  • The IDF and Israeli weapon industry now make supplies for healthcare.
  • The IDF running crèches for children of medical personnel.
  • Good Israeli diplomacy buys essential in China, India, and even Turkey.

Unfortunately Not so Good:

  • The Free Press tends to give the mike to smart nonsense talkers.
  • Some still violate quarantine as they think it won’t happen to them.
  • Many are terrified (which is OK) but forget how safe we are.
  • Promotion of false security: wear masks or scarves.
  • Many patients with life-threatening illnesses avoid seeking medical help.

Let’s share with all that we are on to how to win this fight.

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 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 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. * NEW: To see other blog posts by him, his overspill blog you can reach by clicking on the Website icon next to his picture at the head of every post. There you may find precursors to later TOI blog posts, addition or corrections of published TOI blog posts, blog posts the TOI will not carry and some thoughts that are too short to be a TOI blog post. Also, the TOI only allows for one blog post per blogger per 24 hours. Sometimes, he has more to say than that. * To send any personal reaction to him, scroll to the top of the blog post and click Contact Me.
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