Moshe-Mordechai van Zuiden
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No, Ben Gvir, more weapons do not necessarily save lives

Don’t let him get away with murder

I’m addressing the Minister of Security only for the form. I assume he’s made up his mind a lifetime ago. I really want the people around him to neutralize his Wild West Bank and Wild Middle East scenarios.

It’s only good to have more weaponry in the streets in the right hands.

I welcome that the State finally understands that Jews in my neighborhood must be able to carry arms. In that sense, it has become “easier” to get a weapon. Yet, scrutiny of whom to give them to should increase. Don’t give them to fanatics, finger pointers, people with an anger problem, etc.

Those Druze, Bedouin, and Jewish Israelis, and anyone else fit to serve in the IDF should be able to arm themselves.

The first people at risk are (ex-)partners of violent, domineering, jealous, charming, but cold con artists. These men must not get close to weapons. A restraining order may be more appropriate. Yet, all family gun violence perpetrators in Israel are professionally armed men, not any others. Still, no angry soul in Israel should be able to get a gun. Let’s keep it like that.

The next danger comes from people seeking revenge. Not only deems Judaism such anger tantamount to the idol worship of the Philistines if not the Atheism of Amalek, our arch enemy. It also violates our democratic rule of law. Only appointed judges judge. Our custom is not to execute murderers when they are not equal to Eichmann. Besides, their trigger-happy rage makes them likely to shoot harmless or even innocent people.

Last but not least is firearm abuse for suicide. As easy as it is in other countries to shoot oneself, as hard it is here. And that is right. Suicide is almost always done during panic, which would wear off in half a year. Better, when all hope is lost, not to run into the arms (pardon the pun) of arms dealers but rather of someone who says: I believe your desperation, but believe me, it does get better. No setback proves that now, all is lost.

Private weapons have stopped terrorists but also harmed guiltless bystanders. He gloated We need more weapons when it appeared that soldiers stopped terrorists. We didn’t hear him anymore when the main hero, who actually shot them, seems killed by IDF soldiers’ “friendly fire.’”

Especially suspicious is his call to remove guns from the hands of Muslim Israelis “because one day, they can be used against us,” while trying to arm Jews. Clearly, the violence in Arab quarters comes mostly from their mafia. He wouldn’t disarm Jews for the Jewish mafia being deadly. And how is the blood of Jewish victims of the Muslim mafia redder than Muslim blood?

His verbal attack on Israel’s most responsible Muslim leader is unhelpful.

His plans endanger us. Outvote or fire him as his fury threatens us all.

Full disclosure: I’m applying for a weapon permit. Almost no one of my shul has one. When others follow my example, I hope to not have to apply it.

About the Author
MM is a prolific and creative writer and thinker, previously a daily blog contributor to the TOI. 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. None of his content is generated by the new bore on the block, AI. * As a frontier thinker, he sees things many don't yet. He's half a prophet. Half. Let's not exaggerate. Or not at all because he doesn't claim G^d talks to him. He gives him good ideas—that's all. MM doesn't believe that people observe and think in a vacuum. He, therefore, wanted a broad bio that readers interested can track a bit what (lack of) backgrounds, experiences, and educations contribute to his visions. * This year, he will prioritize getting his unpublished books published rather than just blog posts. Next year, he hopes to focus on activism against human extinction. To find less-recent posts on a subject XXX among his over 2000 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 too, here: or by clicking on the globe icon next to his picture on top. * Like most of his readers, he believes in being friendly, respectful, and loyal. However, 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 when don't deserve that. (Yet, we all make honest mistakes, which is just fine and does not justify losing support.) 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 - more than leftwing or rightwing, he hopes to highlight reality), 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. * Chronologically, his most influential teachers 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. This short list doesn't mean to disrespect others who taught him a lot or a little. 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. When he can, 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, for Zionism, Intersectionality, 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. Read his blog on how he attempts to bridge any tensions between those ideas or fields. * He is a fetal survivor of the pharmaceutical industry (, born in 1953 to his 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, and decades more to admit to being a genius. But his humility was his to keep. And so was his honesty. Bullies and con artists almost instantaneously envy and hate him. He hopes to bring new things and not just preach to the choir. * 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, powerful therapist. He became a social activist, became religious, made Aliyah, and raised three wonderful kids. Previously, for decades, he was known to the Jerusalem Post readers as a frequent letter writer. 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 a strict vegan since 2008. He's an Orthodox Jew but not a rabbi. * 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. 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. * To send any personal reaction to him, scroll to the top of the blog post and click Contact Me. * His newest books you may find here:
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