Moshe-Mordechai van Zuiden
Moshe-Mordechai van Zuiden
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The New Expropriation Bill, Just or Unjust?

This new bill says something to this extent: if discovered that Jewish homes were unintentionally built on privately owned land in the West Bank, then these houses do not need to be destroyed but rather, the original land owners will receive 125% of its value.

Opposition against this bill has basically said (over and over again) that this is theft (it is not, because the owners are compensated), a plot to expropriate Arab Palestinian lands (it is not, because the ownership after serious research must have been unknown at the time of the building; rather it’s to prevent senseless home destructions) and that it is a racist war crime (anything Zionist do is a racist war crime for Jew haters).

Some have admitted that the legality of this upcoming bill is disputed, but few have pointed out that Israel is a democratic State where racism is unlawful and human rights are a priority of the High Court, so that if it’s really not OK it won’t become law.

Furthermore, the idea that almost everyone agrees that this bill is a scandal is an exaggeration. Here you have 14 links to news items and lay articles by different competent authors. Most of them give original in depth presentations of why this bill may hold up to reason and justice.

This is of course only of interest to people who are into information, truth and honesty.

International Legal Expert: Widespread Global Criticism of Settlement ‘Regulation Law’ Passed by Knesset Is Unwarranted

Regulations and legalese: A new Israeli law

Israel’s Settlement Regulations Bill and International Law

Eichler: Regulation Law should be extended to kibbutzim

The Settlements Law is defensible: A response to Irwin Cotler

How the ‘blue liners’ forced the regulation law’s passing

Are the Israeli Settlements Legal Under International Law?

Dershowitz would defend Israel in The Hague over outpost law

Proposed law aims to give Knesset full authority

MK Smotrich: No Regulation Law can help against self-hatred

Does MK Bezalel Smotrich live in illegal home within West Bank?

Attorney general won’t defend contentious outpost law in court

‘Settlements law could open Israelis to war crimes prosecution’

Is it Legal for Jews to Live in Jerusalem?

So don’t parrot hostile politicians, media and social media that claim through nonsense, lying and cherry picking that this bill is wrong. If you want to join the discussion with integrity and intelligence, first inform yourself.

If you then must say something critical of Israel, say that what the government deems possible on the West Bank should be valid in the Negev too, to stop destruction of Bedouin homes, as explained here.

About the Author
MM is a prolific and creative writer and thinker, a daily blog contributor to the TOI. He often makes his readers laugh, mad, or assume he's nuts—close to perfect blogging. As a frontier thinker, he sees things many don't yet. He's half a prophet. Half. Let's not exaggerate. 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 is a fetal survivor of the pharmaceutical industry (, 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. * To find his earlier blog posts on a certain subject XXX, among his over 1200 ones, go to the right-top corner of the Times of Israel page, click on the search icon and search "zuiden, XXX". His second daily active less tame blog, to which one may subscribe, one may find here: or by clicking on the globe icon next to his picture on top. * To send any personal reaction to him, scroll to the top of the blog post and click Contact Me.
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