Moshe-Mordechai van Zuiden
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Rewriting History: If only Jews then had been looked at as Ukrainians now

If the below fiction had been the truth of the ’40s, instead of a global Antisemitism, the Holocaust would have been impossible.

November 9–10, 1938. Nazis in Germany planned to ransack Jewish stores and synagogues, and embarrass those unworthy lifeforms as the saw the Jews. They felt good about finally doing something ‘constructive’ after so many years of rhetoric. The mood was festive. They felt honored to participate in this historic phase in world history to do away with the Jews.

Their arrogance left them no alternative but to feel assured of success. Yet, they were in for a surprise. What they saw as a picnic, turned into a hefty battle none of them were prepared for. They were met with heavy gunfire. Jews and their Gentile friends had lied in wait for the haters to show up.

The Nazis basically had some firebombs and a gun here or there, but that was it. The world-renowned non-violence human rights leader Mahatma Gandhi had called upon German Jews, ever since the rise of Hitler, to arm themselves and train themselves in the use of weapons and martial arts.

Jewish women and children fled to Germany’s borders where neighboring countries immediately started to organize warm accommodation with kosher food and psychological help. Non-neighboring countries also skipped any quota and encouraged refugees to enter, no questions asked.

People all over the free world started humanitarian help: food, blankets for distribution among the remaining fighting Jews and their friends.

The Allied leaders instantly made a united front. To invade Germany would unleash World War II, they feared, but their alternative was all but timid. In no time, a record never-ending stream of ammunition and weapons was entering Germany ending up in the hands of the democrats. Soon, Jews were largely outnumbered among the resistance fighters they led, who were wasting no time to confront government troops and police.

The revolt toward removal of the hate-based government went much swifter than anyone had even hoped. Whole sections of the German army were whipped out or capitulated. Open disobedience and mutiny broke out. Overpowering the hated police and secret services went fast too.

The world and the German People always look back in pride how, when push came to shove, it had united against evil swiftly, and won. The League of Nations decided unanimously to speed up a bi-national Jewish State covering lands West and East of the Jordan, from the Lebanon until Egypt.

The Jews and Muslims already living there gave citizenship to all Jews around the world. Palestinian Muslims proudly traveled the world teaching Muslims and Christians alike what a lovely bunch the Jews are and to undo speedily any remnants of Antisemitism still inside their religions. They also distinguished themselves in building bridges between the 2000-year-long divided Jewish fractions, and their tourist guides were loved by all pilgrims.

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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. 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 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 1500 archived ones, go to the right-top corner of a Times of Israel page, click on the search icon and search "zuiden, XXX". 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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. * 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.
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