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

Murdering Jews disgraces the murderers

Yet another Israeli conscript was murdered by Arab Palestinians.

Israel’s MOD, PM, and President have vowed the terrorists won’t escape justice. Why is that? Why are they sounding harsh and not saddened?

That is because sadness means weakness and means in the Middle East that you’re disgraced as a man. And it sends the message that you’re vulnerable and safe to attack. So, for self-defense, they play tough guy.

But many of the family and friends of those Jews who lost their lives to Jew-hatred have taken the high road. At the fresh grave, they talk about gratefulness and love, a hopeful future and undeniable truths, peace and tranquility, goodness and saintliness. They don’t cry revenge and prefer tears over anger. That asks a lot of courage but it’s not uncommon.

This is nurturing and healing. This is a way to celebrate life no matter what. It shows resolve, endurance, idealism, holiness, and commitment.

Maybe the time has come for Israel’s politicians to talk the same way.

They could express sadness how Muslim society as a whole still has not dealt with being close to Jews. They could contrast the murderers with the millions of law-abiding Muslim citizens. They could express their gratitude for Muslims voluntarily serving in the IDF. They could remind everyone of the peace there is in the Israeli health system where Muslim and Jewish doctors, nurses, and patients mingle with one goal in mind, to seek life, discarding any hatred for anyone, benefitting everyone. They could mourn out-loud how Arab violence for 120 years now has held back a peaceful coexistence between Jews and Muslims and how it degrades the good name of Arab Peoples everywhere. They could tell Middle-Eastern Jew-haters that they won’t be free or dignified nor receive respect or friendship from the world until they throw off this burden of senseless baseless Jew-hatred — as shown so beautifully by the German People as a whole.

Capturing Jew-murderers dead or alive is not going to help the Jews. And it’s not going to help anyone. We need to call a spade a spade and call out the shameless continuation of Jew-hatred that enables these murders.

For those who want to ‘understand’ such murders because the Palestinians suffer so much, note this. 1. The Arab Palestinian Nation suffers very much but it’s self-inflicted by their ruthless leaders. 2. And they have suffered nothing compared to what Jews have suffered over 2000 years and we never went around killing people who did oppress us.

We need to say that we expect better. The murderers still get solidarity from other Jew-haters the world over. But how much sweeter will be real friendship not from Jew-haters but from true friends of Arab Palestinians?

We can all wait for it to disappear spontaneously or ferociously fight to end Jew-hatred in the Arab world. But one thing is sure. Their Jew-hatred hurts them more than us and it will need to go in any case. Better fight it.

PS: We don’t need Christians gloating about how well they do with the Jews in comparison. It took the Holocaust and the creation of a free Jewish State to make any progress. Nothing to brag about. We are not charmed by Christians’ hostility toward Muslims. Let them continue to clean their own houses. There’s still so much antisemitism in Christian society to stop.

Let it be clear that private ‘revenge’ attacks on Muslims solve nothing and only add pain and hatred to the mix. And generally, such racist attacks target sweet innocent people because bullies would never go after villains.

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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