Moshe-Mordechai van Zuiden
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To anti-democratic anti-Netanyahu demonstrators

Among the rights that are essential in any democracy are the prerogatives to strike, protest, and march through the streets. However, such demonstrations should not violate any basic principle of democracy.

I know demonstration as a vehicle to promote certain ideas. This is wrong, that is right, don’t forget the right of those, and the underdog is not alone.

A demonstration that calls for less than equal treatment of some of the public is anti-democratic. It is pro-democracy to forbid such events. Likewise, demonstrations promoting to overthrow a democratic regime.

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Generally, left-wingers are idealistic and altruistic people. Generally, right-wingers are selfish liars. I know there are important exceptions to this rule.

But this general truth gives a false aura and sense of sainthood to many a left-winger. They are more right than others. This may lead to terrible misconduct. Like antisemitism or racism roaming through a left-wing party practically unhindered because most consider themselves above scrutiny.

I detect a trend like that in the reports about the ongoing anti-Netanyahu protesters. Many seem not to stick to promoting their ideas. They seem to harbor an illusion that they should have the privilege to decide who’s PM.

Reminder: In a democracy, the majority decides. In cases of wrongdoing, the courts decide. In cases of judicial injustice, the constitution and lawgiver decide. Not demonstrators, not social media, and not the media.

Can someone please tell the anti-Bibi demonstrators that they have the right to promote ideas, not to demand obedience to their minority views.

Also not, when they hold that they are the most righteous proper citizens who should be able to speak for the people. As long as the people has not elected them, their voices are as good as anyone else’s. Unless they have arguments to convince others. Then their voices may accomplish more.

About the Author
MM is a prolific and creative writer and thinker, a daily blog contributor to the TOI. He is a fetal survivor of the pharmaceutical industry (https://diethylstilbestrol.co.uk/studies/des-and-psychological-health/), 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 the over 1200 ones, go to the right-top corner of the Times of Israel page, click on the search icon, and search: "zuiden, XXX". * To send any personal reaction to him, scroll to the top of the blog post and click Contact Me.
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