Moshe-Mordechai van Zuiden
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The silence of Qoshe and stir on social media call me a ‘repulsive Zionist ghoul’

I wear the recognition of my haters as a batch of honor, of course. Much to be preferred over Jew-haters seeing me as an exception, a kind of OK Jew.

Qosh is a very nice website that harvests and links to “the columnists from English Newspapers and Blogs around the world by their social media popularity.” This is how they present themselves in English.

Since their site, besides an English version, only has a Turkish one, I find it safe to assume they reside in Turkey (busted!). Why am I not surprised?! In any case, they’re not native English-speakers since they wrote “We constantly pay attention on the ordering system to work properly.” Clumsy and faulty. But it’s free for all parties and their site’s idea is good.

They ‘clarify’: “There is no political ideas/parties of ours on QOSHE.” Google Translate© made their Turkish half-way intelligible: “There is no political tendency, no taking sides, no doing politics. We do not accept any responsibility if we wish to be politicized and shared and used in this context.” They are neutral, don’t take sides, don’t approve or disapprove of anything they link to. The disclaimer is warranted because the Turkish president and his police force don’t like dissents—an understatement.

Some years ago, they included me just as, I assume, all the other Times of Israel bloggers. So far, so good. Until in the last month. Suddenly, some of my blog posts were not inserted anymore. And then, October 20, was my last post they took. That was it. 50 of my TOI colleagues are still on it.

By the way, among the dozens of countries they list, the Netherlands with dozens of authors, Israel is absent. The Times of Israel and anti-Zionist Haaretz are classified under World. Not included are the English Internet news sides the Jerusalem Post, World Israel News, the Algemeiner, the Jewish Press, Arutz 7, Israel haYom, and even the JTA. Knowledia is a similar Christian-based site that likes Israel. They have also discontinued me, but that was, no doubt, because I’m also critical about Christianity.

Innocently, I notified Qosh something seems wrong. No reply. No answer is an answer too. So much for not taking sides. Without lying and cheating, Antisemitism dies. Jews living in Israel have no excuse for being soft on the Oldest Hatred. I don’t fault the Qosh editors for squashing me (a pun?). They might lack the safety and freedom of the press to host me any longer.

I’m told that recently, one of my posts against Jew-hatred has ignited Antisemites’ ire on social media. Finally, I’m getting popular. Alas, only among the haters. I understand why it’s that post. It spells out, point-by-point, what is Antisemitism and takes no prisoners. Says Jon Lovitz: “When Jews fight back, people don’t like it.” But there is no such thing as a bad press (pun not intended). Maybe the rest of humanity will start to pay more attention to my posts now Antisemites consider me unkosher.

Social media is so slow. Until something finally goes viral. Already a year ago, a US Nazi website spotted me. (How is the US democratic and its legal there to spread racial hatred and supremacy?!) Also, Chinese sites and Spanish sites discovered (and translated!) me. That’s quite a readership.

It was labeled comedy, questionable, mature, and Jewish supremacy! LOL Poor reading skills or high stress levels? Antisemites blame Jews for being poor and rich, smart and stupid, artistic and subhuman. Nothing new.

It’s never been better being an activist, to work for a better world.

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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