Moshe-Mordechai van Zuiden
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Jewish terrorists and the lies about them


All the mantras have been rehearsed. Terror is terror. These are very dangerous kids. And now: Jewish terror is worse than Arab terror. If you don’t live here, this must confuse you. But most people who live in Israel understand easily how this is all nonsense.

“Terrorism is terrorism”

Politicians have fallen over each other declaring again that terror is terror, whomever commits it. Not true.

A large majority of Arabs in Israel finds it hard to condemn terror against Jews. The reasons are diverse. It’s hard not to be loyal to one’s own. Most people in the world have the nationality virus. It might be dangerous to speak out against them. I don’t blame them for shutting up. When angry, it’s hard to stand up for principles. But that not all Arabs in Israel are eager to kill shows in daily life when Jews and Muslims travel and work side by side without any problems. Arab Palestinians are understandably ambivalent about their terrorists.

But almost unanimously, Jews in Israel condemn Jewish terrorism. That’s why house demolition of family of Arab murderers are meant to deter and of Jewish ones will not – as confirmed by the humanistic High Court. It makes a difference if a Jew or an Arab was the murderer. Also because all Jews are trained not to murder (see below) and so should know better. And Jews are still more powerful inside Israel and so to kill someone in the minority group is more despicable. But Jews are more prone to talk with hatred against (other) Jews – the infamous self-hatred. So don’t believe everything an angry Jew says about Jews or Judaism.

“Jews are nothing special”

Jews murder less. That seems true the world over but is not so engraved in our DNA that we couldn’t. So, Jews teach every generation anew that murder is about the worst thing one can do. It needs to be taught over and over again. Angry Jews don’t murder – they damage property. Education against murder works, but only for one generation. (And enough intoxication or indoctrination for murder undoes it quickly.) Jewish murderers are the exceptions that confirm the rule.

“The Israeli Secret Service found …”

Most army and intelligence workers in the world, and especially their bosses, are rightwing the world over. Except in Israel. Read about a general in Israel who enters politics, just ask how far leftwing he is – not if he is. And spy agencies can declare all bad they want about Jews – it normally needs to be taken with a grain (or truckload) of salt as they strangely but normally are extremely pro-Palestinians and extreme critics of Jews. They are typically suspected of being anti-Jewish. They have a special section for Jewish suspects and it has bad name.

Arab terror suspects have advocates looking out for them – and rightly so. But Jewish terror suspects have all the authorities going against them and only can hope for judges and public opinion to protect them – even when they’re young kids. It’s hard to believe and therefore I point it out.

Arab terrorists are not tortured unless they’re suspected of knowing of a ticking bomb. Not only is torture inhuman – it’s stupid. More is divulged by befriending someone than hurting him. Hurting him may even lead to false “confessions.” But Jewish suspects of terror report all the time having been tortured. So much so that the PM must deny it.

I know of teenage Jew in Israel, son of friends of mine, who hung out with the wrong crowd and was put in solitary detention by the secret service convincing the judge time and again that he was a super-dangerous terrorist. Sweet kid who wouldn’t harm a fly. Really. He was silently let go after almost a year of confinement. His parents were advised not to raise a public storm – to hasten his release. And it worked. Within six months of the secret service finally finding out he was not dangerous at all, that is. How awful! A year taken out of your young life with no recourse and no compensation.

“Jewish terrorists are worse”

This novelty comes from a general. He’s not sure that Israel has a right to exist if we produced Jewish terrorists. So he pleads for strengthening the secret service. Even if this report is half-exaggerated, it’s still telling.

That the victim was killed, possibly by Jews, is a terrible thing.

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 1550 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: * 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 (, 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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