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

Trump uses the same tactic as the serial pedophile

The almost the oldest trick in the book. You treat some of the members of your target group outright superbly to cover up abuse done to the weaker ones. That’s how Trump uses Orthodox Jews. Trump can’t be a Nazi or a racist — look how well the Jews love him. He even has Jewish family.

Don’t get me wrong. Judaism commands us to have friendly relations with the people in power for our safety. But, as much as possible, we should try to refrain from flattery and dishonesty and we can certainly not support a maniac when reasonable non-anti-Semitic opposition is available.

Especially, if someone would steal from everyone (the immigrants, the poor, foreign countries not run by dictators, and the world’s climate) and gives generously only to the super-rich, the Jews, and Israel, he is a thief and a disgrace and his stolen goods should be forbidden fruits to us.

He acts like the pedophile football coach who even founded and ran an orphanage to show how well he is for kids (boys). Until they caught him.

Of course, his philo-Semitism plays against the backdrop of the constant unfair criticism of Jews. Jews always needing to tread carefully and defend themselves, feeling unsafe. And his sole favoritism of only the Jews breeds more anti-Semitism so that his ‘generosity’ stands out even more. It is all self-serving and has nothing to do with feeling for or protecting the Jews.

This is not much different from Democratic hopeful Sanders who conveniently brings up his Jewish ethnicity only to justify his anti-Zionist (according to the European definition: anti-Semitic) friends and ideas.

Hiding one’s bigotry in plain sight.

Let’s stop taking a smokescreen of sainthood as proof of peoples’ benign inner convictions and attitudes. It’s a smoking gun, rather. The French say it well: Qui s’excuse s’accuse – The one excusing himself, accuses himself.

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 (, 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 He wrote an unpublished tome about Jewish Free Will.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 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. 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. * NEW: To see other blog posts by him, his overspill blog you can reach by clicking on the Website icon next to his picture at the head of every post. There you may find precursors to later TOI blog posts, addition or corrections of published TOI blog posts, blog posts the TOI will not carry and some thoughts that are too short to be a TOI blog post. Also, the TOI only allows for one blog post per blogger per 24 hours. Sometimes, he has more to say than that. * To send any personal reaction to him, scroll to the top of the blog post and click Contact Me.
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