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Moshe-Mordechai van Zuiden
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Israel is not preventing a Two-State Solution

Don’t believe the fake anti-Zionistic news

Some ultra-leftwing anti-Zionists keep harping on how Jewish Jerusalem wants to divide up ‘Palestinian continuity’ by building houses for Jews.

These opponents have no idea of anything. They say that Givat Hamatos lies in East Jerusalem but it’s in the South. It places a new neighborhood northwest of Beit Safafa but that is a built-up area. The ‘park’ west of Beit Safafa is actually a defunct olive grove. Same color on the map, I guess.

Lazy or poor Jewish outlets lack the motivation or the money to check this and report as these activists tell them as if these are facts on the ground.

Of course, there is no Two-State Solution for anyone who knows anything. But say there would be, these few Jewish houses would connect Jewish neighborhoods. Without them, a Two-State Solution would be impossible because Jewish Har Chomah would become encircled by Arab housing.

The so-called threat of encircling Beit Safafa is fake too. It was always surrounded by Jewish houses and half the inhabitants are Jewish, living in peace with their Arab neighbors, many of them Christian.

All of Jerusalem is overcrowded and needs to build more houses. But these Israel-haters report that only pitiful Beit Safafa is lacking new housing options. It is not. It has been building a lot in the last 23 years and there seems no end to that. I know because my apartment looks out over it.

Peace Now: “Since 1967, not even one new neighborhood has been planned for Palestinians [in East Jerusalem].” Also untrue. One example: as Jewish Har Chochmah was built, Arab Har Chochmah was built south of it.

Wikipedia too can’t be trusted as in everything related to the Jewish State. It mentions that “[I]n June 2013, the Supreme Court ruled that the 1-mile stretch of highway crossing Beit Safafa would cause unacceptable damage to the residents’ quality of life.” What is left out is that after that, the proponents of an underground passage in appeals lost. The result: the highway was built. The greatest debacle: the activist riled up the citizens to a decade of protests while no thought or energy was given to profit the villagers. They could have asked for ingress and egress to the highway so that long-distance travelers could visit its archeology, take a break there, eat or drink something, or buy bread, fruits, or veggies, strengthening the local economy. Now, none of that is possible, thanks to the activist lawyers who didn’t care about the people living in Beit Safafa. They only wanted to hinder the Zionist entity. This we find in all anti-Israel activism.

I absolve you from believing anything anyone says about Israel and Jerusalem unless you know for a fact that they are honest and not so naïve that they just parrot anything others say without checking.

Disclaimer: For clarity, I used the usual misnomers in vogue with the left-wing and worldwide anti-Israel press: Arabs for Muslims, Israelis for Jews.

About the Author
MM is a prolific and creative writer and thinker, an almost daily blog contributor to the Times of Israel, and previously, for decades, he was known to the Jerusalem Post readers as a frequent letter writer. 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. * As a frontier thinker, he sees things many don't yet. He's half a prophet. Half. Let's not exaggerate. He doesn't believe that people observe and think in a vacuum. He, therefore, wanted a broad bio that readers interested can track a bit about what (lack of) backgrounds, experiences, and education contribute to his visions. * To find less-recent posts on subject XXX among his over 1600 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, here: https://mmvanzuiden.wordpress.com/. * Like most of his readers, he believes in being friendly, respectful, and loyal. Yet, 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 who don't deserve that. 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. He has written a lot about Psychology (including Sexuality and Abuse), Medicine (including physical immortality), Science (including basic statistics), Politics (Israel, the US, and the Netherlands, Activism), 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), the Climate Crisis, Ecology and Veganism, Affairs from the news, or the Torah Portion of the Week, or new insights that suddenly befell him. * 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. * 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. 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, anti-elitism, anti-bigotry and supremacy, for Zionism, Intersectionality, and 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. * He is a fetal survivor of the pharmaceutical industry (https://diethylstilbestrol.co.uk/studies/des-and-psychological-health/), born in 1953 to 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. Bullies and con artists almost instantaneously envy and hate him. * He holds a BA in medicine (University of Amsterdam) – is half a doctor. He practices Re-evaluation Co-counseling since 1977, is not an official teacher anymore, and became a friendly, empowering therapist. He became a social activist, became religious, made Aliyah, and raised three wonderful kids non-violently. For a couple of years, he was active in hasbara to the Dutch-speaking public. He wrote an unpublished tome about Jewish Free Will. He's being a strict vegan since 2008. He's an Orthodox Jew but not a rabbi. He lives with his library in Jerusalem. Feel free to contact him. * His writing has been made possible by a (second-generation) Holocaust survivors' allowance 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. 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 an original peek outside of your cultural bubble.
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