Moshe-Mordechai van Zuiden
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Only racism stops aliyah of all Ethiopians Jews

Same as in Europe, refugees are not welcome until they are Ukrainian with blond hair and blue eyes. The PM of the Netherlands even declared in parliament that any refugees from Ukraine will not need to wait behind Syrian refugees on the waiting list. We’ll fast-track them. No one protested. Also, USers don’t need to lecture the Jewish State on racism.

Having said that, what a scandal that both right-wing and left-wing Israeli governments don’t airlift all Ethiopian Jews. Ukrainians got a free pass. A lengthy, critical study about Ethiopian Aliyah of today does not contain the words race, racism, or ethnicity.

What is wrong with everyone? Is no one paying attention?

And don’t blame the public. As so often, around the world, the public is OK. Israelis, in great majority, hate racism. It shows in them objecting against discrimination against LGBTQIAs. But the leaders disagree.

Truth is that racism is as hard to quit as cigarettes. I’m not talking about blatant Neo-Nazi racism. More, the feelings and behavior of White people that flooded us when we were babies. And, of course, the selfishness, the nationalism, the not caring about “them.” Good intentions don’t suffice.

We must call a spade a spade. It’s not the finances, it’s not if they are Jewish enough. We took in half a million Russians who are not Jewish in accordance to Jewish Law. Hardly anyone wants to expel them.

It’s racism. Racism, alienating “us” from “them.” Racism, making us indifferent. The opposite of love is not hatred. Those both reveal an emotional connection. The opposite of love is indifference.

It’s also nothing new. At the beginning of the State, European intellectuals received houses left behind by wealthy Muslims who fled. The Arab Jews were housed in tent camps, decided the White elite running the State. And no matter their training, they could sweep streets if they wanted a job.

The public took ‘revenge’ on that. Because of ‘intermarriage,’ after 75 years, sociologists can’t determine anymore who’s Ashkenazic and who’s Mizrachic. Now, we must mix our circle of friends. ‘White’ Jews must take the lead. (Whoopi Goldberg made many realize how un-White we are.)

We, the public, must pressure politicians, especially on the Left, to admit every Ethiopian who wants to make aliyah. No ifs, no buts. It’s that simple.

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MM is a prolific and creative writer and thinker, an almost daily blog contributor to the Times of Israel, and previously, for decades, he was known to the Jerusalem Post readers as a frequent letter writer. 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. * As a frontier thinker, he sees things many don't yet. He's half a prophet. Half. Let's not exaggerate. He doesn't believe that people observe and think in a vacuum. He, therefore, wanted a broad bio that readers interested can track a bit about what (lack of) backgrounds, experiences, and education contribute to his visions. * To find less-recent posts on subject XXX among his over 1550 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, here: * Like most of his readers, he believes in being friendly, respectful, and loyal. Yet, 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 who don't deserve that. 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), 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. * 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. * 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. 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, anti-elitism, anti-bigotry and supremacy, for Zionism, Intersectionality, and 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. * He is a fetal survivor of the pharmaceutical industry (, born in 1953 to 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. Bullies and con artists almost instantaneously envy and hate him. * 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, empowering therapist. He became a social activist, became religious, made Aliyah, and raised three wonderful kids non-violently. 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 being a strict vegan since 2008. He's an Orthodox Jew but not a rabbi. He lives with his library in Jerusalem. Feel free to contact him. * His writing has been made possible by a (second-generation) Holocaust survivors' allowance 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.
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