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

No ‘very fine people on both sides’ for Joe Biden!

Morality is the decisive way the Democratic Nominee must distinguish himself from the supremacist dictator-loving incumbent. And he just did.

Palestinian Arabs certainly deserve a good life, and live dignified lives, if they wish so in their own sovereign State (Jordan). I feel bad for the common Palestinian baby, born into a conflict not of her own, spoon-fed centuries-old Jew-hatred, while her parents often lack a decent income, the freedoms and safety that come with democracy, and peace.

I don’t have the same empathy with the Palestinian leadership, power-hungry, money-stealing, lying, hatred-mongering, parasites. And I feel even less sympathy for the religious leaders who support them or even outdo them in their antisemitism. And my dislike is even greater for non-Palestinians who supposedly ‘support the Palestinian People’ but in truth, only hate Jews and are no real friends of anyone in the Middle East.

When Linda Sarsour again maligned Israel, now in the framework of the DNC, Joe Biden lost no time to distance himself from her. That is exactly what Jewish, loyal Democrats need to see from their Presidential runner.

He did not even add that he wants to be evenhanded in supporting Israel as a Jewish State and the interests of the Palestinian People. He rightly judged that antisemitism gets to play no role in the conflict at all.

This time it was about standing up for Jews. But whenever a leader stands up for an oppressed group, the whole world becomes safer, also for Jews.

You’ll lose a few Jew-haters but you support forces for the good. That’s what counts. Trump could’ve done the same without any detectable loss in votes, reject White supremacy. He didn’t and he doesn’t (except when he mechanically reads from the teleprompter what his speechwriters wrote).

Biden might not be Obama III regarding Israel. Not just because of his VP.

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. * 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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