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

Terror in London. What if London was situated in Israel?

If London were situated in Israel, this would have been the commentary:

  • Regular Israeli citizens: What have we done to deserve this?
  • Do-it-yourself therapists: These people are crazy.
  • Racists: You see: they are all animals.
  • Moderate politicians: It’s the occupation that makes people do this in their desperation. You must give them more hope, prosperity and independence.
  • Homespun philosophers: It takes two to make a quarrel.
  • Western nitwits: We must show them that our open, pluralistic, democratic society is better than their extremist Islamist ideas.
  • The State Department: We call upon both sides to exercise restraint.
  • The EU: You should restart the Peace Process and begin with some concessions to appease the other side.
  • Palestinian Authority: We condemn in the strongest way all attacks on innocent lives from both sides.
  • Violent Muslim regimes: We will continue until we liberated all of Palestine with our blood!
  • Regular Muslim regimes: We regret the loss of life but one must understand that there will not be quiet until there will be justice.

Maybe, now that it happens to Europe and England, people there can begin to understand how painful, inappropriate and inadequate such reactions are. Please, never say such things again.

It is sad that the Western world has abandoned Israel for so long, claiming to be our friends, until it happened to them. There is nothing new under the sun. When one abandons the Jews to evil, in the end, one will find oneself abandoned to evil: Martin Niemöller:

First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Socialist.

Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Trade Unionist.

Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Jew.

Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me.

More proper responses are:

  • This obviously is evil in motion and we will stop it.
  • It has no motive or justification, it has no modifying or redeeming aspects and is serves no purpose. It is pure evil.
  • All of us are commanded not to murder.
  • Murder is evil. It denies morality and the sanctity of every life. It denies that each person is irreplaceable.
  • But good always will triumph over evil. So stay optimistic, promote love and help block anyone who chooses to leave the human fold by choosing murder supposedly as a proper means.
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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