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

The West needs to understand cultural dishonesty

After decades of threatening to wipe Israel off the map, Iran’s supreme dictator has come out explaining that it has always been against violence against Israel and that it always was for a peaceful solution to the Middle East conflict.

All non-democratic states are known for rewriting history. The Soviet Union was especially infamous for it. While politicians the world over almost all have weak integrity skills, US democratically elected President Trump beats them all and seems to regard making fake news a talent and virtue. It gave him the presidency.

Yet, all naive people in the West need to read the new claim that Iran was always and still is working by peaceful methods only, regarding Israel. That may teach them what degree of falsehood a tradition of lying is capable of.

Now, don’t get me wrong. A culture of honesty is no guarantee of truthfulness’ reign. The Netherlands values honesty as almost nothing else. Still, its jails are full of thieves and no one believes its politician.

Still, Westerners will not be able to imagine that people are capable to come in front of a camera and cry about an innocent family member (baby) brutally murdered by Israeli soldiers, while in fact the person died peacefully in hospital of an infectious disease, was shot by their own terrorists to become a martyr or was on terrorist duty when shot.

Hezbollah has tens of thousands of rockets aimed at Israel. The junta of Gaza uses all resources, which really belong to its starving citizens, to attack Israel. These murderers are only still around because Iran finances them. But Iran is against violence. My foot.

Hundreds of news recordings exist of Iranian dictators, including the sitting ones, insisting that it will kill all of Israel. To stop being naive, read the new declaration that Iran towards Israelis only peaceful.

BTW, the Iranian leader’s peaceful solution is a piece of dishonesty in itself. Let’s hold a referendum among all the people who lived in the Middle East a hundred years ago and their offspring about what to do with the region. The outcome is as certain as asking Nazis what to do with the Jews. Or a US white mob what to do with this “nigger,” less than a century ago. If he was lynched, was that not democratic – every vote counted?!

The vast majority of Arabs, like the vast majority of Christians before the Holocaust, has a problem with the Jews that has nothing to do with the State of Israel — or the Jews. The Holocaust has taught the West a few things about its Jew-hatred, but the Muslim world, in general, has not learned this lesson yet.

Meanwhile, Netanyahu goes on, separating the Iranian dictators from the Iranian People, the latter always having been good to the Jews. Just as I advised him in a private letter a few years ago. I’m proud of him.

About the Author
The author is a fetal survivor of the pharmaceutical industry (DES - Diethylstilbestrol), 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 vegan for 8 years now. 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 lehavdiel 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, GLBTQAI, 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 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. * To send any personal reaction to him, scroll to the top of the blog post and click Contact Me. To see other blog posts by him, a second blog - under construction - can be found by clicking on the Website icon next to his picture.
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