Moshe-Mordechai van Zuiden
Moshe-Mordechai van Zuiden
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Jews and Muslims together in one Jewish state, not Israelis and Arabs

Not inhibited by too much knowledge (as my father used to describe opinions of outsiders), many people have theorized about the future of Jews and Muslims in Israel. But I’m an insider for 25 years already. So, how about letting me say a few words about it?

Terms and Oppressions

First of all, the terms. Jews, not Israelis. The eight million Israelis include almost two million Gentile Arabs. Muslims, not Arabs. The five million Arabs in Israel includes almost three million Arab Jews. Talking about “Jews and Gentiles in Israel” snubs almost all its Muslims non-Jews.

So a main divide between two groups is Jews and Muslims. Jews are the majority here but still the oppressed one, via anti-Semitism. (Women are also an oppressed majority, via Sexism. In naming the oppressions: it is as irrelevant that Arabs are Semites too, just like men are also a sex.)

There is a second split, between European (mostly almost three million Jews) and Arab (three million Jews plus two million Muslims). Arabs are the majority here but still the oppressed one, via Racism. (Women are also an oppressed majority, via Sexism. In naming the oppression: All of mankind is one race: homo sapiens sapiens. The difference for Racism lies not in DNA but in culture, and here especially the Semite language.)

All Gentiles may become Jewish if they learn enough of its Tradition and develop the right attitudes. Islam is even more welcoming to proselytes. Yet, once a Jew, always a Jew. And turning one’s back to Islam is a capital crime in Islam. Jews and Muslims are both happy to live in their own quarters, to prevent intermarriage. There is enough contact in the army and at work to have friendships. (Some Jews may want to become Muslim, trying to escape anti-Semitism. Some Arab Muslims may want to convert to European Judaism, trying to escape Racism. Bad ideas.)

Jews of European and Arab descent marry each other in such big numbers that the two groups cannot really be told apart anymore. This shows that most European Jews are not racists (cultural chauvinists).

It is wrong to juxtapose Jews and Arabs, much like pears and Volvos are no opposites. Jews contrast with Muslims (Gentiles) and Arabs with Europeans. Pretending that all Israeli Jews are Europeans ignores that most are Arab – a form of Racism.

People, who are in favor of Jews having their independent home Land back and returning there, are called Zionists. there are also Christian, Muslim and Socialist Zionists. The EU (but not all of its Member States) has acknowledged that anti-Zionism is a form of anti-Semitism.

Arabs from Israel are also called Palestinians. They should be called Muslim / Arab Palestinians, not to disregard Jewish Palestinians (all Jews). Sadly, a sizable group of so-called Allies of Palestinian Arabs are just people who hate Jews and don’t care about Arab Palestinians. They talk about Israelis vs Palestinians. They rather do not want to use the word Jews or Zionists and they will not acknowledge that there is age-old Muslim animosity against the Jews that should be challenged.

NB: Jews are oppressed by anti-Semitsm. Both Arabic and Hebrew are Semitic languages. Anti-Arab Racism talks down to Semite culture.

Third main partition between two groups of citizens of Israel is between the religious and the secular. Israel does not have a total separation between State and Religion, since Jewish refers both to nationhood and religion, which is for secular Jews still a main part of their culture. This divide shows most in its extremes, but most Israeli Jews are traditional, somewhere in between these extremes. The most secular often left the Land, as they can live much more comfortably in many other countries, and the ultra-religious and the ultra-secular each often huddle with “their own,” so that the extreme contrast is not such a big part of Israeli life. Also many Israeli Muslims are mostly traditional – not completely religious or secular. Secular Israelis are definitely oppressed by religious coercion. Yet, when secular Israelis vent their fury on religious Jews, they’re often just sound like anti-Semitism.

A forth and last major difference between two groups of Israelis is between Israeli Jews and foreigners. There are hardly any foreigners in Israel. One reason is that any Jew who enters may receive citizenship, to be the home state of the Jewish People – the only one where it has a majority. Foreigners are at a disadvantage, as in every country. There is also the oppression of Nationalism and chauvinism. Israel is targeted, like almost all countries, by Imperialism (others trying to rule us) and Nationalism (others trying to defeat us) and on top of that by anti-Semitism – anti-Semites do not mind to hurt Israeli Muslims together with Israeli Jews.

The Jewish character of Israel can oppress secular Jews and Muslims.

Most people who serve in the Israeli Defense Force are secular Jews. But there are also religious and ultra-Orthodox Jews, Druzes, Christian Zionists, Israeli Muslims and many other groups represented. Missing are most of the ultra-Orthodox Jewish boys and Muslims. Ultra-Orthodox girls often do an alternative national service, Muslims not yet.

It is incorrect to contrast Israelis and Arabs, much like apples and Fords are no opposites. Israelis differ from foreigners (Gentiles) and Arabs from Europeans. Pretending that all Israelis are Jews ignores the two million who are Muslims – a form of anti-Semitism (as if Jews do not acknowledge Muslims, or as if they have no full citizenship).

Eight million Israelis are targeted by Imperialism, anti-Semitism and Nationalism.

Five million Arab Israeli Jews and Muslims are targeted by Racism.

Four million Arab Israeli Jews are targeted by both anti-Semitism and Racism.

Three million European Israeli Jews are targeted by anti-Semitism.

The above terms so often have been mixed up that it may take a little rereading to get this straight.


Jews would never live in valleys. Are you nuts? That’s dangerous! They want shelter. Muslims will never live on mountaintops. Are you crazy? That’s much too hot. They want shade. Jews on maintain tops and Muslims in the valleys – the Land is large and wrinkled enough to have place for all – if there is peace between the two groups.

Arab Palestinians deserve their own independent viable safe democratic prosperous state, which seems to mean to remove the Jordanian junta. Some say it would work too in the Sinai.

In the future, Tel Aviv and surrounding may split off to form a totally secular democratic West Israel, while the East will become a State ruled mainly by Jewish Law. So many ultra-Orthodox Jews will flee oligarchy and corruption in East Israel, until it will admit that we can’t do well without a free press and total democracy, and the two will reunite.

This is all hard to understand in secular communities like in Europe.

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, lehavdil 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, LGBTQIA, 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 quite 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 500th 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. * To find his earlier blog posts on a certain subject XXX, among his over 1200 ones, go to the right-top corner of the Times of Israel page, click on the search icon and search "zuiden, XXX". His second daily active less tame blog, to which one may subscribe, one may find here: or by clicking on the globe icon next to his picture on top. * To send any personal reaction to him, scroll to the top of the blog post and click Contact Me.
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