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

On Dutch racism, Duxit on the rise and the position of Dutch Jews

Underworld shoot-outs between criminals take many lives a year in the Netherlands. They have no political consequences. The villains are white and who cares? But when a few Muslims play dirty, they’re all guilty.

This past Shabbat, a Jewish market salesman and his son at their Amsterdam stall were almost knifed to death by a radicalized Muslim. Monday, one Turkish immigrant for the first time in 50 years kills three people in a tram—and it’s not even clear if the murders were terrorism or personal settlement of scores—and the Dutch are ready for Duxit.

NB: The anti-immigrant anti-dreamers anti-climate change anti-EU anti-political establishment party that won mega-big is a bunch of amateurs with no arguments and no depth, the laughingstock of parliament.

Reuters even predicted based on exit polls that the neo-racists would become the Netherlands’ largest party in the Senate, 10% of the seats. They also (wrongly) compared this landslide win to the 2002 victory of the populist party of Pim Fortuyn, two days after his assassination. Rather, his win was clear before and despite that he was murdered.

In fact, in this week’s election, the populist party won 13 seats, 13% of the votes. Besides that anti-establishment voters often lie to the pollsters, many more voters than usual had responded that they didn’t want to say what they had voted – shamefulness can be a good thing.

The percentage of the Dutch who voted National-Socialist (Nazi) in 1939 was 4%. Less than a third of the present shameful vote.


Turkish, Italian and Moroccan immigrant workers were admitted to the Low Countries some 50 years ago and they and their descendants live under constant racist discrimination. The Dutch are a tolerant society for those who are quiet and integrate only. They don’t love the stranger but they will also not bother them if they keep quiet and to themselves.

Dutch xenophobe hostility has been rising recently blaming newer immigrants, fugitives from Syria and North Africa and economic migrants from Poland. Also the rise of Islam has ruffled feathers in the largely atheistic and outside the big cities traditionally Christian population.

Jews are not helped by any of this. Dutch Jews have been receiving much immigrant antisemitism, which was encouraged by autochthon latent and subtle Dutch anti-Jewish sentiments (indifference) and especially anti-Zionism (real hatred). But hatred against “foreigners” hit the Jews there too. As we could see in the Dutch fight against all ritual slaughter. Hated of Jews comes now from many Muslims or racists alike.

While British and Dutch Jews migrate to Germany and Israel, which have learn their respective lessons from WW II, the UK and the Netherlands might feel more cozy in a two-member xenophobe union. I wish them the best of British luck.

As predicted already before the market and tram attacks, the ruling coalition would lose its Senate majority. Despite the win of the anti-green racist party, ironically, now it needs to seek support for its government plans from the green part in the Senate, forcing the present money-grabbing administration to have greener policies.

About the Author
The author is a fetal survivor of the pharmaceutical industry (DES - Diethylstilbestrol), born in 1953 to two Dutch Holocaust 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 vegan for 8 years now. * 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 and Rav Zev Leff. * 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, 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. Many people can't understand or like him because he has such a wide vision that he never fits any specialist's box. But that exactly what others 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. * He likes doing age-appropriate and age-inappropriate things and looks forward to getting to know his timeless mature out-of-the-box soul mate. * To send any personal reaction to him, scroll to the top of the blog post and click Contact Me.
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