Moshe-Mordechai van Zuiden
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The 6th Global Forum for Combating Antisemitism 2018, Jerusalem

These are my unrepresentative takeaways, in no particular order, of this two-plus day gathering of 1700 people from 87 countries.

At the Forum
  1. Because of the Internet, not Freedom of Speech bothers us most anymore, but a quest to find out what is True.
  2. The authorities must fight online incitement but may also be or become the enemy.
  3. Progress took a turn for the worst in 2001 (Durban, Twin Towers).
  4. Values are more important to really around than (short-term) interests.
  5. Anti-Muslim biological racism (we don’t like where they come from) is back in the political discourse in Europe.
  6. Don’t let the right-wing “liking Israel” fool you. We in Europe oppose them; let not Israel befriend them. Who doesn’t support Jews AND Israel is not a friend of either.
  7. Leaders who “like Jews,” “support Israel” may turn out to be our enemies – compare Stalin, Trump.
  8. Anti-Racism is a Jewish value.
  9. Don’t forget that anti-Semitism is not only on the extreme Left, and Right but also in the Centre.
  10. Jews are hard to capture in the terms of Intersectionality: race, xenophobia, job and housing discrimination. It’s the missing class angle? Abandoned by the working class, Jews flee to the right, for having no other support.
  11. “Jewish privilege,” associating Jews with the forces of oppression.
  12. One-on-one making allies is very powerful. Small-scale meetings change minds.
  13. Maybe Jews missing the Intersectionality boat could be a hint that Jews should stop idealizing super-rich Jews and professors and rabbis and rather more embrace work class, feminist, gay, non-White etc. Jews!
  14. I don’t believe in evil Peoples: Germans repented. “Intergender understanding” cannot replace feminism. “Inter-Semitic understanding” cannot replace fighting anti-Semitism in the Arab world.
  15. Four steps beyond nice statements: A. Stop exclusivism of truth. G-d relates to many. B. Stop ignorance. We have a lot in common. C. Stop hypocrisy. Which leads to enemy thinking. D. Stop violence. Dispute are OK, though.
  16. Faith is a refusal to only go by what is apparent.
  17. Your material needs are my spiritual obligation – Rabbi Salanter.
  18. Pink-washing is a nonsensical slogan, devoid of facts. All countries have negative aspects. Only Israeli GLBTQers are identified with their (supposed) government policies.
  19. The irrational baseless slogans against Jews are just replacements of the old “you killed the lord.” When I hear irrationality about us, I ask myself: am I understanding them enough?
  20. Intersectionality, Zionism = colonialism, are just baseless slogans.
  21. Being an ally is the ability of good people to stand up and say: no.
  22. In WW II, Bulgaria did not only save its Jews but also its dignity.
  23. Inactivists: pseudo-scientific nonsense spreaders. They say on circumcision: A. Is it healthier? B. Is it an infringement against the rights of the child? C. Child should give consent. D. Primitive Jewish custom.
  24. The hypocrisy of “animal rights’ activists” to question 300.000 religious (not “ritual”) slaughterings per year (in the Netherlands) that make animals faint, and not its 500,000,000 of whom in (lowest figure) 3% of “bullet through head before slaughter” fails to take away their pain perception: over 15 million animals a year.
  25. Intersectionality has taken the place of class analysis.
  26. Quick global solutions don’t work. Painstaking small-scale work does.
  27. It ain’t over ’till it’s over. See you at the next Global Forum.

The forum was advertised on the Times of Israel and participation was free. I signed up and when asked for my function, I answered: Blogger with the TOI. At the Forum I walked around with saying that on my name tag. I always explained, whether I talked to individuals or to meetings, that I blog with the TOI but are not employed by them and that they carry no responsibility for my words or opinions. Many people told me that they like the TOI – to which I replied every time: And so do I.

About the Author
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. He's proud that his analytical short comments are removed both from left-wing and right-wing news sites. None of his content is generated by the new bore on the block, AI. * As a frontier thinker, he sees things many don't yet. He's half a prophet. Half. Let's not exaggerate. Or not at all because he doesn't claim G^d talks to him. He gives him good ideas—that's all. MM 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 2000 archived ones, go to the right-top corner of a Times of Israel page, click on the search icon and search "zuiden, XXX". One can find a second, wilder blog, to which one may subscribe too, here: or by clicking on the globe icon next to his picture on top. * Like most of his readers, he believes in being friendly, respectful, and loyal. However, if you think those are his absolute top priorities, you might end up disappointed. His first loyalty is to the truth. He will try to stay within the limits of democratic and Jewish law, but he won't lie to support opinions or people when don't deserve that. (Yet, we all make honest mistakes, which is just fine and does not justify losing support.) He admits that he sometimes exaggerates to make a point, which could have him come across as nasty, while in actuality, he's quite a lovely person to interact with. He holds - how Dutch - that a strong opinion doesn't imply intolerance of other views. * Sometimes he's misunderstood because his wide and diverse field of vision seldomly fits any specialist's box. But that's exactly what some love about him. 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. One of his rabbis calls him Mr. Innovation [Ish haChidushim]. Yet, his originalities seem to root deeply in traditional Judaism, though they may grow in unexpected directions. In fact, he claims he's modernizing nothing. Rather, mainly basing himself on the basic Hebrew Torah text, he tries to rediscover classical Jewish thought almost lost in thousands of years of stifling Gentile domination and Jewish assimilation. (He pleads for a close reading of the Torah instead of going by rough assumptions of what it would probably mean and before fleeing to Commentaries.) This, in all aspects of life, but prominently in the areas of Free Will, Activism, Homosexuality for men, and Redemption. * 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. * His newest books you may find here:
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