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

This is why Israel’s Foreign Minister attacked Poland

Rabbi Boteach asks in the Jerusalem Post Why is Israel’s foreign minister attacking Poland after its stand against Iran? I will tell you why. And also point out mistakes he made in his partly well-researched article.

Israel’s Foreign Minister attacked Poland because lies about the Holocaust don’t hold. Their denial about complicity, Boteach dismisses as ugly anti-Semitism but – he claims – collaboration was just that, not what the German Nazis did, execute an industrial genocide on the Jews. The rabbi who travels the world to fight genocide (good for him), suddenly is mild when it comes to the Holocaust.

You can’t say that the collaborators were not really doing genocide, only the German Nazis did. It is not true that the only “real” perpetrators were Germans. Austrians were not any better. Many of the collaborators persecuted or killed Jews more enthusiastically than the German Nazis, even by bonfires, bullets and bayonets.

Polish Nazi-collaborators are not exonerated by the acts of Polish fighters against the Nazis or Polish protectors of Jews. The heroes are even showing that resistance was possible and so they indict the collaborators, not compensate for their failures.

Why did the Polish Resistance Army (up to half a million fighters!) not attack and liberate even one single extermination camp? Metal fatigue?

The Holocaust would not have been possible without Christian anti-Semitism, also in Poland.

The greatest Pope of all times, who changed the way Roman Catholics relate to Jews was Pope John XXIII. Not a later Polish Pope he names.

Friendship from Poland is not enough if the ills of the past are denied and unmentionable and apologies not uttered. It simply doesn’t sound like friendship but rather like whitewashing. The Poles outlawing the truth doesn’t help either.

The truth will set them free (John 8:32). Only the truth. Not the anger.

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 He wrote an unpublished tome about Jewish Free Will.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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