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

Stop deadly work accidents

There are several uncomfortable issues to discuss here

In order to curb the number of accidental deaths among construction workers, we first need to understand the causes. Actually, there are two distinct roots of these mortal accidents. One, often pointed out and one conveniently overlooked. And the solution must come from a third party.

The first well-known cause is that workers’ safety is not the highest point of priority with building companies. This is fortified by the fact that, other than the owners, most construction workers are non-Jews. It just feels less like ‘our’ problem if a Gentile dies. (Every nation has this nationalistic despicable bias.) This is not OK by far but is fortified by almost all non-Jews seemingly ready to hate and kill us for millennia. Not that these workers are hated. There’s a bigger killer at work: one doesn’t care so much. On the other hand, Jews seem to value life (lechaim) more than any other group. But we hear that more from activists than building cooperation owners.

The second, often overlooked, contributing factor to deadly construction accidents is that most workers are not Jewish (again) and therefore not so concerned about death from a human factor. Arab culture, more than the in the West, has a “G^d is great and humans are nothing” attitude and “If it is one’s time, when G^d wills it, we go.” Chinese workers come from a continent of “What will be will be” and fate and destiny. And we must understand that it is bothersome to work with a hard hat or gloves on (especially when it’s hot outside) and with other safety measures. Understandably, workers tend to cut inconvenient unsafe corners.

There’s a third party and that’s the powers that be. First of all, Israel is a capitalist country where a dollar and not a human is (unfortunately) the measure of all value. The authorities are predominantly Jewish and (again) not enough upset to check mostly Gentile workers’ safety. There are hardly any inspectors for thousands of building sites around the country.

But from the authorities, change must come. There must be hundreds of more inspectors. They must write huge fines when safety measures are not implemented. (A worker without a helmet — the boss pays big time.) Builders and workers must hate them equally. And their superiors need to be both Jewish and Gentile Israeli civil servants working closely together. The Gentiles will provide an optimal “us” feeling and the Jews an optimal “life is sacred” and “We have Free Will to make a difference.”

We owe it to ourselves as the Jewish State to show we care.

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 vegan for 8 years now. 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. * To send any personal reaction to him, scroll to the top of the blog post and click Contact Me. To see other blog posts by him, a second blog - under construction - can be found by clicking on the Website icon next to his picture.
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