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

Two slight extensions of the definition of anti-Semitism are in order

It could be disputed how to define Jew-hatred but there is a working definition that has recently proven to be quite adequate. Many powerful nations have adopted it. However, two parts are missing from this description.

The definition prominently speaks of advocating harm to Jews. Yet, that, in many cases, is a euphemism that does not suffice. The vision of every diehard Jew-hater is the eradication of the Jewish People. Not just harm but death, murder, is their dream and aim. And there is more.

Many anti-Semites have compared Jews – and by extension the Jewish State of Israel – to bad cells or infectious diseases that need to be eliminated. This is then a roundabout way of saying: yes to the mass murder and removal of them. A few examples:

This is different from the blood libel accusing Jews of spreading illness.

Many times, sickness is compared to ideas that need to go, but in the case of hatred for Jews it’s compared to a whole People and its Home State that need to be eradicated ‘to heal humankind.’

The definition of anti-Semitism needs to incorporate also this obsession with not “just” hurting Jews but wanted them all dead by non-natural causes, and in a euphemism calling them sick, worthy of removal.


There is actually another crucial aspect of the Oppression of Jews that needs to be highlighted – for the simple reason that it needs to go. I would call it: Not standing with the Jews.

By not defending Jews, by not showing solidarity with them, by not being dependable allies to them, Jews need to seek powerful allies no matter their moral values. Then Jews get blamed for having immoral friends, but actually, they had little choice, being forsaken by the “moral” ones, being held hostage by the wrong friends.

(In the long run, the powerful immoral leaders will also abandon them, but being safe for the moment is better than for now being unprotected by anyone.)

A shocking recent example is this report: NATO chief: alliance won’t defend Israel in war with Iran. Make no mistake about what could prompt such a declaration by a sensitive soul who cannot overlook how cruel the fate of the Palestinians. He hunts animals for pleasure – so much for being susceptible to the suffering of others.

So, the working definition of anti-Semitism should also list: to abandon and to threaten abandoning unconditional solidarity with, support for and safety to all Jews.

NB: The Holocaust was the downfall of the Western world more than a disaster for the Jews. Protecting Jews (or not) is equally a hallmark for how moral a person or a society is. One doesn’t need to stand with the Jews for their sake. If one doesn’t, the real loser is the one who forsakes them and their own human quality.

About the Author
The author is a fetal survivor of the pharmaceutical industry (DES - Diethylstilbestrol), 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 vegan for 8 years now. 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. * To send any personal reaction to him, scroll to the top of the blog post and click Contact Me. To see other blog posts by him, a second blog - under construction - can be found by clicking on the Website icon next to his picture.
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