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

Senator Booker barked up the wrong tree

US Senator Cory Booker at AIPAC gave Israel mussar (lectured us) that we, according to our own Jewish values should be generous to the [Arab] Palestinian People. In a roaring voice, he preached at the Jewish People.

Now, let’s bypass that those who endanger Israel have no right to tell it what to do. Let’s for argument’s sake say that he is sincere and has the best in mind for the Jewish State and People. But let’s call out the chutzpah of him reading the Israeli People the riot act.

What he said so eloquently was just a sophisticated form of blaming the victim. We gave the Arab Nation the whole of Jordan, almost all of the Sinai, every grain of sand of Gaza and large parts of the West Bank. And we should be more generous?

I admit that I don’t envy the Arab Palestinians who sigh under oppression by autocratic corrupt leaders, from the PA to Chamas, from the King of Jordan to the head of Chezbollah, who don’t care about their welfare at all. Neither do I envy the citizens of Dresden, which was bombed by the Allied Forces to bring Hitler Germany to capitulation. Neither do I envy the Japanese civilians who got nuked by the US to stop the Japanese monster. But all these populations were steeped in hatred. Simply replacing their leadership won’t help if they’d continue to hate. Over 100 years of almost universal Jew-hatred has not diminished a bit in Jordan, Egypt, Gaza or the West Bank, no matter what Israel gave or gives them.

Germans should flood Muslim countries and teach them love for the Jews.

Why have more empathy for the citizens of Dresden than for those of London? The latter were bombed by the Nazis. There is a difference.

How does Israel that gave too much already, become the party that needs to give once more? When will the speaker’s passion go to the Jewish victims of growing up not only in the shadow of Auschwitz but also generation after generation in a State marked for extermination?

Where is his empathy for the Israeli People? While Israel is celebrated by him, the Palestinians are still the only ones who get his empathy. Why?

Where are your tears for the parents who need to send their innocent children to the army to guarantee the Nation’s survival? For simple citizens targeted by terrorists and terrorist regimes, only because they are Jews?

If your words are not the result of christio-supremacy, they are still idiotic. Like Gandi’s call in the 1930s on German Jews to resist peacefully.

And then for the Bible verses that you quoted out of context.

We need to love our fellow like ourselves. But Nazis are not included under ‘fellow’ until they repent and become friends to the Jewish People. It doesn’t matter if these Nazis identify themselves as ‘proper’ Germans, Austrians, Americans, Jordanians, Egyptians, Palestinians, Christians, Muslims, Atheists, left-wingers or right-wingers.

All Nations are welcome in the House of the Lord. That has been Israel’s policy from its inception. The Western Wall is open to anyone who comes in good faith. The Temple Mount will be too, once its Jordanian occupation ends. We’re the ones who, with danger to life for our dear soldiers, guard freedom of worship at the Cave of the Patriarchs and the tombs of Joseph and Rachel. We are, in fact, the only State in the Middle East with freedom of religion and that keeps open and safeguards all places of worship, from Churches to Mosques, from Bahia idol worship Temple to Synagogues.

And to all the Jews who applauded Booker at AIPAC: We are a naive People. He doesn’t say that we are evil. He doesn’t say he hates us. But he still blames us for not being generous enough in the face of a continuous threat of genocide. And he still believes that we control the world and that our love can make the Arab Nation stop hating us. Because the only thing that stops peace in the ME from happening is ancient Jew-hatred.

Why didn’t he exclaim: “I call upon the Arab Nation to embrace the Jews! Our Bible says that he who blesses the Jews will be blessed and he who curses the Jews will be cursed. Open your eyes and see for yourselves how true this is, also today!”? Why does he leave such sentences to Trump?

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 lehavdiel 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, GLBTQAI, 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 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. 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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