No, I don’t mean Muslim Israelis. They have full democratic rights like everyone else in Israel. Although they could use a campaign to root out gun violence. I expect the next PM to set giant steps there.
No, I don’t mean (ever more) concessions to brutal dictators/terrorists who pretend to be the only leaders Palestinians can hope for. No, I don’t mean creating another terrorist enclave at Israel’s borders to further the wars against the Jewish State with no benefit to anyone. No, I don’t mean the original Palestinians, people with roots of 3,000 years in the Holy Land, the Jews, nowadays, in Israel, most of them Jewish Arabs.
Probably needless to say that I also don’t mean the hypocritical ‘support for Palestinians’ that is nothing else than an attack on the Jewish State.
I do mean there is a sizable group of Muslims and Christians that call themselves Palestinian, with roots in the Holy Land, and recognized as such by others. Now, outside of Israel, this group is terribly oppressed.
In so many Arab States, Palestinians live and/or work without any rights or protection. As slaves, without financial or police protection, or a right to free speech, gather, or vote. They are forced to live in concentration (but not extermination) camps. Why is Israel not speaking up for them?
Why doesn’t Israel force the Palestinian Authority and Hamas to have human rights in the areas under their control? And fight corruption? Pressure them into cleansing the leadership like the leadership of Germany was cleansed after WWII? Why should Palestinians under their own rule not have human rights, safety from police brutality, liberation from hunger (billions of outside dollars go to the pockets of these tyrants only), etc.?
I’m not so silly or ignorant to say that they should have a democracy that would give power to fundamentalists who’d then do away with even any resemblance of human rights. Compare how well Egypt does this. Maybe have the Egyptian army, police, and a governor train a new generation of Palestinians there to create municipalities with human dignity for all.
Now, you should object: Why should the Jewish State stand up for the people that attack it the most? No country in the world would do such a thing. True. But no other country needs to be a Light unto the Nations.
We Jews understand more than anyone that you can’t blame a group for what its leaders do. Now, there is a difference between say, Iran, Turkey, and Lebanon on the one hand, and Egypt and Jordan on the other. The former countries are hostile to Israel and Jews, but their populations are not. But, Palestinian records are mixed. That is not good. But Germans and Austrians who understand their role as Gentiles could enter in droves and teach Palestinians to understand, respect, and love Jews. That will also help the Palestinian People to end glorifying the scourge of endless hatred.
It’s not enough to defend ourselves and accuse. We need to facilitate that some of our enemies become our close, warm, and dependable allies and friends under all conditions. Extreme? That’s what Jews are around for.
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. *
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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. *
One of his rabbis calls him Mr. Innovation [Ish haChidushim]. Yet, his originalities seem to root deeply in traditional Judaism, though they may grow in unexpected directions. In fact, he claims he's modernizing nothing. Rather, mainly basing himself on the basic Hebrew Torah text, he tries to rediscover classical Jewish thought almost lost in thousands of years of stifling Gentile domination and Jewish assimilation. (He pleads for a close reading of the Torah instead of going by rough assumptions of what it would probably mean and before fleeing to Commentaries.) This, in all aspects of life, but prominently in the areas of Free Will, Activism, Homosexuality for men, and Redemption. *
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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