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

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.

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About the Author
The author is a fetal survivor of the pharmaceutical industry (DES - Diethylstilbestrol), born in 1953 to two Dutch Holocaust 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. * 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 and Rav Zev Leff. * 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, 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. Many people can't understand or like him because he has such a wide vision that he never fits any specialist's box. But that exactly what others 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. * He likes doing age-appropriate and age-inappropriate things and looks forward to getting to know his timeless mature out-of-the-box soul mate. * To send any personal reaction to him, scroll to the top of the blog post and click Contact Me.
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