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

The elephant in the room of the Ultimate Middle East Peace Plan

The main must for the new US Ultimate Middle East Peace Plan (UMEPP [you map]) is to deal with the elephant in the room which means: addressing the centuries-old Muslim animosity against the Jews.

While meeting real-life Jews is a powerful antidote against mythical Jew hatred, it obviously is not enough. Even more so, Muslims who seldom or never met Jews in daily life must have a hard struggle finding out that Jews are not evil incarnated – and kudos for all those who figured it out on their own, against all the brain-poisoning propaganda!

For all the time of modern Zionism, a bi-national State or peaceful relations with neighboring countries has been made impossible by the world’s Oldest Hatred.

NB: It is the greatest euphemism to say that the peace treaties with Jordan and Egypt, valuable as they are for the countries involved, are cold, even ice-cold. The Egyptian and Jordan parliamentarians and Peoples are almost unanimously so hostile towards Israeli Jews and Israel that it’s often plainly scary.

Yet, for millennia, Jews have been accused of having a religion of hate – with supposedly the Church through the NT preaching a doctrine of Love (so much for love). So, all Jews must completely distance ourselves from the antagonism that states that Islam is a violent or hateful religion.

Jew hatred in Muslim circles is not related to Islam.

Jew hatred in Muslim circles is not related to Islam. Judaism’s major offspring, both Christianity and Islam, have had centuries of animosity vis-à-vis their parent religion and its adherents, the Jews. The miraculous aftermath of Hitler’s military and moral defeat, the creation of the State of Israel, has forced Christian theologians to cleanse their religions from anti-Semitism. Now it’s Muslim religious leaders’ turn. (Let’s recognize the small number of Italian and Egyptian Imams already valuing Jews.)

Respect for Jews should be born of the Commandment to honor one’s parents.

If Jews have the parent religion, world-wide respect and honor for Jews from other Monotheists (including other philosophies rooted in Judaism, like Communism, Modernism, Democracy) should not be born of reports of Jews being superior but of the Commandment to honor one’s parents.

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: If the Lands of Luther can do it, the Nation of Mohamed can do it. If the RC Pope can do it, Imams can do it. And outside-enforcement might make it take place faster than just waiting for it to cleanse itself spontaneously, or hope for a massive military defeat, Heaven forbid.

Muslims are the natural allies and friends of Jews.

Just like Christians, Muslims are the natural allies and friends of Jews. It’s high time to see that materialize on a large scale.

I expect the US UMEPP to put sanctions on all populations, states and countries where hatred of Jews and Israel goes unchallenged. Anything less will bring a continuation of wars, not peace, in the Middle East.

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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