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

This we need, to get to peace in the Middle East

There are a lot of stories going on about what should happen here. Most of them are flawed. But instead of pointing out flaws, I’ll try to list what needs to happen and should guide us.

  1. We need leaders and politicians with integrity. No one said that peace in the Middle East is simple. Most people reason and bend the facts to suit their wishes. A dictatorship of subjectivity, wishful thinking.
  2. Hatred must go. If Jews’ hatred would be inborn in Arabs, as many want us to believe, why is so much effort put into brainwashing Palestinian and other Arab toddlers to hate Jews? The land is large enough. The only thing lacking is love (also in Jews who love Arabs more than Jews). Stop the indoctrination against Jews and everyone will be fond of Jews – but don’t hold your breath yet.
  3. Stinginess has to go. People only caring about themselves and “their own” is not generosity. (People only caring about the other, cherishing self-hatred, also do no good.) The idea of scarcity is artificial and fake. We must stop complaining about what we lack and start caring about what others need. There is plenty for everyone. There is no shortcut around that.
  4. Stop claiming that the long-term happiness of some depends on the sorrow of others. If all people have a good time, everyone has a good time. There are no intrinsic enemies. Everyone may flourish.
  5. It is absolute nonsense that people can’t change, improve. That’s a self-fulfilling prophecy based on untruth. No one is born evil and no one needs to go to the grave steeped in wickedness. All people have free will – or they would be intrinsically innocent and exempt from being sued. And therefore, it is reasonable to be hopeful.
  6. Stop pretending that just a few leaders must change and then we’ll have peace. A mass conversion to the above is needed. Without mass movement for change, all changes will only be cosmetic and dangerous.
  7. None of us is powerless. We can always do something to further the cause of peace. By challenging antisemitic, racist or otherwise oppressive talk, by making people laugh or cry (without insulting anyone), by talking about honesty and hope. It takes longer when you don’t get started.
About the Author
The author is a fetal survivor of the pharmaceutical industry (DES - Diethylstilbestrol), born in 1953 to two Dutch Holocaust survivors 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), Oppression and Liberation (of 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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