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Moshe-Mordechai van Zuiden
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When the law is on the side of the crooks

Learn from past successes, but modify them to make them fit the present.

‘Law-abiding’ sounds so proper, peaceful. But what to think of that when the law is on the side of evil? Then, not breaking the law is wicked!

Evil-supporting laws have different sources. First of all, they can have been made by people whose ideas were more wicked than the ones of most others. Apartheid South Africa, Nazi Germany, you get the picture.

Beware of dictators condemning impoverished demonstrators as divisive and disrupting the peace! (Or chauvinist men who trash angry women by saying: They’re so nasty. If you’d listen, they’ll become more mellow.)

But then, there is unjust law that comes from a dark past. When ethical awareness increases, our laws normally don’t precede that. Better laws must be propagated, demonstrated for, and always lag behind. Think of how we now know that Freedom of Speech cannot justify hate speech.

Now, what to do when the law protects evil and changing it shortly isn’t in the cards? A new book, “Gangsters vs. Nazis; How Jewish Mobsters Battled Nazis in Wartime America,” tells of one such successful intervention.

In the 1930s, mostly German citizens in the US who hadn’t yet received US citizenship tried to start a vibrant Nazi Party in the US. Free Speech, and Freedom of assembly, as American as apple pie. What will happen next?

A Jewish US-Law senior sitting judge secretly asked Jewish mobsters from around the country to beat the hell out of these fascists. One condition: don’t kill. The police, bought by the gangsters, looked the other way.

This was more than just a few unpleasant but toothless antisemites. There were 100 such groups, intending to persuade the US not to interfere with Germany’s expansive, belligerent actions. But, they didn’t bill this as pro-German but as American, to Make Amerika Great. They assumed Jews were soft and would be afraid to fight back. Hitler was plotting to take over Hollywood to spread Nazi propaganda nationally and globally.

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Differences in details with today make one wonder what lessons to take.

Everything then was black and white. No shades of gray. At first, all anti-Nazi operatives were Jews, except for the police. Almost all the Nazis were German. That doesn’t exist today. The greatest US dog whisperer of White supremacists is American; his grandfather forwent his German nationality. He even has a Jewish son-in-law, a daughter who properly converted, Jewish grandchildren, and officially supports Israel. But, he speaks from both sides of his mouth. He opined that some of the demonstrating Neo-Nazis shouting “Jews will not replace us” were good people and that the White supremacists, the Proud Boys, should stand down and stand by. He denied he was pro-Russian but for Making America Great Again. Wow. He took over the Internet with fake news and conspiracy theories, and labeled the Free Press the enemy of the People, thus winning the information war.

Today, it would be impossible to keep an anti-fascist pact a secret.

Presently, there are hate laws, though not enough and under attack.

The assault today is on Jews but not only on them; it’s increasingly also on women, LGBTQ, and Asians, and on anyone who’s not bullet-proof.

I’m not for violence, but neither for passivity. Just like only marches in the 1960s ended racist law, now, only new marches will bring protective law.

The success of the 1960s shows that new anti-bigotry marches must be peaceful. The whole world is watching. Will the People rise, or continue its consumption of the entertainment and fitness industry, helped by legal and prescription drugs and a free press promoting fatalism and doom?

About the Author
MM is a prolific and creative writer and thinker, an almost daily blog contributor to the Times of Israel, and previously, for decades, he was known to the Jerusalem Post readers as a frequent letter writer. He often makes his readers laugh, mad, or assume he's nuts—close to perfect blogging. He's proud that his analytical short comments are removed both from left-wing and right-wing news sites. * As a frontier thinker, he sees things many don't yet. He's half a prophet. Half. Let's not exaggerate. He doesn't believe that people observe and think in a vacuum. He, therefore, wanted a broad bio that readers interested can track a bit about what (lack of) backgrounds, experiences, and education contribute to his visions. * To find less-recent posts on subject XXX among his over 1550 archived ones, go to the right-top corner of a Times of Israel page, click on the search icon and search "zuiden, XXX". One can find a second, wilder blog, to which one may subscribe, here: https://mmvanzuiden.wordpress.com/. * Like most of his readers, he believes in being friendly, respectful, and loyal. Yet, if you think those are his absolute top priorities, you might end up disappointed. His first loyalty is to the truth. He will try to stay within the limits of democratic and Jewish law, but he won't lie to support opinions or people who don't deserve that. He admits that he sometimes exaggerates 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. * Sometimes he's misunderstood because his wide and diverse field of vision seldomly fits any specialist's box. But that's exactly what some love about him. He has written a lot about Psychology (including Sexuality and Abuse), Medicine (including physical immortality), Science (including basic statistics), Politics (Israel, the US, and the Netherlands, Activism), 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), the Climate Crisis, Ecology and Veganism, Affairs from the news, or the Torah Portion of the Week, or new insights that suddenly befell him. * 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. * He hopes that his words will inspire and inform, and disturb the comfortable and comfort the disturbed. He aims to bring a fresh perspective rather than harp on the obvious and familiar. He loves to write encyclopedic overviews. He doesn't expect his readers to agree. Rather, original minds should be disputed. In short, his main political positions are among others: anti-Trumpism, anti-elitism, anti-bigotry and supremacy, for Zionism, Intersectionality, and non-violence, anti those who abuse democratic liberties, anti the fake ME peace process, for original-Orthodoxy, pro-Science, pro-Free Will, anti-blaming-the-victim, and for down-to-earth, classical optimism, and happiness. * He is a fetal survivor of the pharmaceutical industry (https://diethylstilbestrol.co.uk/studies/des-and-psychological-health/), born in 1953 to parents who were Dutch-Jewish Holocaust survivors who met in the largest concentration camp in the Netherlands, Westerbork. He grew up a humble listener. It took him decades to become a speaker too. Bullies and con artists almost instantaneously envy and hate him. * He holds a BA in medicine (University of Amsterdam) – is half a doctor. He practices Re-evaluation Co-counseling since 1977, is not an official teacher anymore, and became a friendly, empowering therapist. He became a social activist, became religious, made Aliyah, and raised three wonderful kids non-violently. For a couple of years, he was active in hasbara to the Dutch-speaking public. He wrote an unpublished tome about Jewish Free Will. He's being a strict vegan since 2008. He's an Orthodox Jew but not a rabbi. He lives with his library in Jerusalem. Feel free to contact him. * His writing has been made possible by a (second-generation) Holocaust survivors' allowance 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. 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 an original peek outside of your cultural bubble.
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