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

The Jews belong with the blacks and the workers

This is how any Oppression works. A segment of the population is hurt systematically in specific ways. The victims, of course, have wounds and scars from the attacks. Then they are blamed for showing that they were hurt. One of my teachers described blaming the victim as: fist you are kicked and then you’re blamed for bleeding. So, first, girls are treated as stupid and then, when they feel stupid, you say: see, men are smarter.

The cherry on the cake is the oppressed believing the oppression’s messages. This is called Internalized Oppression.

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The systematic way Jews are hurt by antisemitism is by showing them that they’re about to be murdered and can’t trust anyone. Then, everybody distances themselves from the Jews. Then, the powers that be offer them safety for working for them. The other oppressed leave them no choice, so they work for the authorities with their heads inside an invisible noose. Then, when a public uprising threatens, the rulers blame the Jews. Then, the populous cools its fury on the Jews and let the real oppressors escape.

Jews are blamed for being successful (if your life was in danger, you’d work as hard). and for being mistrustful (trust must be won and has not been).

Many US Ashkenazi Jews feel guilty all the time, fearing that they are too arrogant and racist. It’s high time to expose this nonsense as Internalized Oppression. They didn’t invent or profit from society. They are its victims.

They must stop aligning themselves with ‘whites against racism’ and trade unions fighting capitalism. Instead, they must admit: we too are oppressed by racism and classism. Our ‘white privilege’ was nope. We earned because we worked like crazy, not because we exploited. We were held hostage by the owners as a fig leaf to hide the true capitalists.

With the talents we mastered and the money we amassed for our survival, we will stand with the black, brown, and white workers, with whom our hearts have always been. Let them stand with us and never again allow anyone to drive a wedge between Jews and colored and working Gentiles.

And stop blaming Jews for not wanting to succumb to antisemitism.

If Nazis don’t differentiate Blacks from Jews, neither should we.

About the Author
MM is a prolific and creative writer and thinker, a daily blog contributor to the TOI. He is a fetal survivor of the pharmaceutical industry (https://diethylstilbestrol.co.uk/studies/des-and-psychological-health/), 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 strict vegan since 2008. 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, lehavdil 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, LGBTQIA, 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 quite 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 500th blog post with the ToI. 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 a peek outside of your cultural bubble. * NEW: To see other blog posts by him, his overspill blog you can reach by clicking on the Website icon next to his picture at the head of every post. There you may find precursors to later TOI blog posts, addition or corrections of published TOI blog posts, blog posts the TOI will not carry, and some thoughts that are too short to be a TOI blog post. Also, the TOI only allows for one blog post per blogger per 24 hours. Sometimes, he has more to say than that. * To send any personal reaction to him, scroll to the top of the blog post and click Contact Me.
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