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

Syrian-Palestinian Arab abuses Jewish-looking Israeli-Arab youth in Berlin?

In my opinion, it is only hatred for Jews that keeps Israel from finding peace in the Middle East, but the anti-Jewish load in Arab-speaking Europe plays a different role altogether.

Take the recent story of Adam Armoush, an Israeli Arab-Christian adolescent from Haifa who went out into the streets of Berlin with a friend and they both wore a skullcap. Adam wanted to prove his Tel Aviv friend that Berlin is (like Haifa) multi-cultural and not dangerous, which was the case in Berlin three years ago.

What happened next is amazing. They were attacked by a group of three Arab-speaking guys, one a Syrian Palestinian, who cursed them and the Syrian in the end beat the Israeli with a belt. Adam persisted speaking in perfect German throughout, and when the hitting started, he announced: I need to film this. He later explained: The police will never make it in time to catch them, so I need to have some proof of them.

The whole of Germany spoke shame of this attack, but the victim declared in an English interview that the most painful was that of the 50 bystanders only one, a woman, tried to interfere. “Call the police,” she can be heard shouting. Adam wanted to hold on to the attacker until the police would arrive but the attacker threatened to hit him with a glass bottle on his head and the women interfered with that.

The German Chancellor spoke out that there is a need to counter anti-Semitism both in autochthon Germans and among the Arab-speaking population. She tried to be evenhanded. I want her to go even further.

Racist and anti-Muslim provocateurs verbally attack Muslims in Germany (and the Netherlands and probably in many more European countries) for their supposed anti-Jewish stand. To blame Muslim immigrants for this is not only semi-racism; it also whitewashes autochthon Europeans.

Truth is (and that is what one answers people who blame Muslims for anti-Semitism in Europe), that it is the centuries-old hatred for Jews in autochthon Europeans that feeds and enables the anti-Israel and anti-Jewish sentiments in newcomers in Europe.

And that is what Adam said: The most painful was that of the 50 bystanders [in the affluent Berlin neighborhood] only one tried to interfere.

The Syrian attacker has turned himself in.

To be continued.

About the Author
The author is a fetal survivor of the pharmaceutical industry (DES - Diethylstilbestrol), 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. * 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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