Moshe-Mordechai van Zuiden
Moshe-Mordechai van Zuiden
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Turkey on Germans Being Nazis and Fascists: Look Who’s Talking

Lately, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has been campaigning to win a referendum that would open up his way to grab more powers. He has jailed (and abused) countless military, police, journalists, bloggers, etc. with the excuse of a botched coup.

Was this a Marinus van Der Lubbe style attack (planted by the Turkish Government) or a real attempt to overthrow democracy? I don’t know, but by reducing Free Speech, the Turkish president shows to be on the side of dictatorship – that’s for sure.

His campaign has led to confrontations with the governments of German and The Netherlands.

This all has intensified the trouble in Turkey’s long-standing strained relationship with Europe.

Subsequently, he called the Germans and the Dutch: Nazi’s, fascists and the like. As a proud Jew, whose four grandparents were gassed in Auschwitz, I feel a need to stand up for Germany against this foul slander, for two reasons.

Much as confronting anti-Semitism should not be left to the Jews (and actually any oppression should be interrupted by allies rather than the targeted oppressed themselves), here too it behooves non-Germans to speak out against these scandalous words, and especially Jews.

If there is one people in the world that collectively repented its troubled past then it’s the German People. Therefore, to call them Nazi’s is way beyond the pale. One doesn’t bring up misdeeds that went before to people who have admitted, acknowledged, apologized for and disavowed former times, paid reparation and are showing great solidarity and affection with the main wronged party – in this case the Jewish People and Israel, the Jewish State. Then to still rake up the past is so low that it should only damage the speaker’s reputation.

A second reason to forcefully denounce the insults by the Turkish leader is that it’s Turkey itself that failed to address genocide on its own soil in a recent past, 101 years ago. It has never admitted, acknowledged, apologized, disavowed, paid reparation for or showed any solidarity or affection with the wronged party – in this case the Armenian People.

Israeli school children learn that the Armenian Genocide opened the door to the Holocaust. When people close to Hitler said that he would never get away with murdering all the Jews, he reportedly asked rhetorically: Whoever still speaks about the Turkish genocide of the Armenians?

Germany is showing the whole world (Turkey, are you paying attention?) that to acknowledge and reject a terrible past and make a clean sweep are not degrading, but rather the only way to stand tall and live well.

Yes, Erdogan’s oversized ego and his thin skin make him easily feel hurt when he is opposed or criticized, which he frequently perceives as insulting, inside or outside of Turkey, leading to a legendary number of court cases supposedly to protect his honor. (He is very careful not to disturb the lucrative trade between The Netherlands and Turkey.) That does not give license to insult.

Clearly, the rhetoric of the Turkish strongman is only meant for internal consumption. He does not care about the morality of Germans. Rather, he aims to collect votes of Turks who like to support a leader tickling their nationalistic pride bone.

However, even if his verbal abuse is only meant to find favor with his voters, these words are unacceptable and must be widely rejected. Such a rejection shows how abject unbridled nationalism is, how unfit Turkey presently is to join Europe, and that Germany has friends that stand by her.

One could think how to help Turkey not move further away from modernity. It used to be such a nice example of a marriage between Islam and democracy. For starters, a distinction should be made between (still) innocent Turks and Turkish despots. (As soon as a Turkish majority has voted for Erdogan’s absolute reign, it will be as guilty as the Germans who voted Hitler into power.) But in any case, insulting Germans cannot be tolerated. Duly noted!

About the Author
MM is a prolific and creative writer and thinker, a daily blog contributor to the TOI. He often makes his readers laugh, mad, or assume he's nuts—close to perfect blogging. As a frontier thinker, he sees things many don't yet. He's half a prophet. Half. Let's not exaggerate. He grew up a humble listener. It took him decades to become a speaker too, and decades more to admit to being a genius. But his humility was his to keep. And so was his honesty. Bullies and con artists almost instantaneously envy and hate him. He hopes to bring new things and not just preach to the choir. * 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, 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 his over 1200 ones, go to the right-top corner of the Times of Israel page, click on the search icon and search "zuiden, XXX". His second daily active less tame blog, to which one may subscribe, one may find here: or by clicking on the globe icon next to his picture on top. * To send any personal reaction to him, scroll to the top of the blog post and click Contact Me.
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