Moshe-Mordechai van Zuiden
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We are committing national suicide because we just don’t care if we die or kill

I’ll overstate things below a bit. If we all did nothing to stop COVID or help cure its patients, worst case scenario, still 8 million Israelis would survive.

We die and kill without our enemies making any effort, not from hatred, but because we don’t care if we’d die or kill.

Forget about mortal danger from rockets from Iran or Gaza, knives from the West Bank. Israelis now kill themselves without any need for hatred.

We just don’t care if we die or maim or kill others, as long as we have our freedom and lifestyle. We’ve got to “live,” no?

How do we get away with it? We blame other sections of the population.

The ultra-Orthodox are killing us! Never mind that traffic (read: private cars) has only diminished 15%, thousands got police tickets for traffic (!) violations and there are parties over the Shabbat, all during lockdown!

There is no deadly virus. It’s a Zionist plot to control us! Never mind that the hospitals in Jerusalem can’t take new corona patients with so many Ultra-Orthodox Jews and East-Jerusalem Muslims sick and dying from it.

And why stop at enabling a plague? Let’s do away with obligations to wear helmets on motorbikes, safety belts in cars, injunctions of driving while drunk, and of smoking in the workplace. They are so inconvenient, without any ‘definite’ proof they’ll do any good! Total liberty, even if it kills us all!

Forget about climate change or unemployment, or violence against kids, women, Arab cities. Soon, we’re all dead, and this will have no meaning.

Our enemies should look for other Peoples and Countries to hate and waste their blood and money on. Israelis take care of themselves.

Utter disregard of the law, the Law, common sense, self-preservation.

It’s not even true that this way, at least the most stupid will go extinct. The reckless still kill more people than the numbers of them dying themselves.


I’m not saying it’s any worse than in other countries. But, we should know better. We brought the world “Thou shan’t murder.” We have a Tradition to obey physicians and governments, even when it’s inconvenient.

Israel has the world’s highest vaccination rate, the highest death toll of senior rabbis, a history of millennia fighting for survival as a People, and 120 years of fighting for national survival, but this is how it ends?

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, 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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