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

Why are the Indigenous of Palestine still not well-supported internationally?

Why is the indigenous population of what the Romans called Palestine, internationally still not fully embraced? Why do the invaders from other Mideastern countries still get such a good press? With more than 120 years of hostility toward the natives of Palestine, they still are treated by a majority of the world as the rightful inhabitants. When will that stop?

Well, the main reason is a wide-world ancient hatred for the Jews. After most (but not all) Jews were last expelled from their holy lands, in their possession for thousands of years, they have been occupied and reoccupied by dozens of invading nations, one after the other.

Christians and Muslims, in a battle to succeed the Jews and declare them redundant, until today, have high stakes in denying the Jews full control of their land. This has many forms:

● The Vatican still wants Jerusalem under ‘international’ (read: non-Jewish) rule.

● Europe, already for more than half a century, refuses to recognize the liberation of the West Bank from Jordan’s short-lived illegal occupation.

● Lying that Muslim invaders from 200 years ago are the autochthonous population, totally overriding the facts. (Arafat was born in Cairo.)

● White Americans who walk and live on land stolen from the natives by and large still don’t realize that Palestinian Arabs are not Israel’s natives.

That’s why the ‘conflict’ is not a national one but a religious one. There are no Christian nation and no Muslim nation in this conflict. There are only Monotheists hostile to acknowledging the Jewish leadership that deserves their respect. After all, their religions are derived from Judaism. This is augmented by seculars from Christian countries who refuse to admit that Democracy, Modernity, and Science all partly root in Judaism.

As long as Jews are not revered, there will be war in the Middle East.

Jews keep praying for peace while Gentiles look the other way. When will the hatred stop? It could be tomorrow. We’re all for surprises. But we prepare for the worst because naivety can be deadly in this region.

Jews have allies too. But they spend too much time telling Jews they love them and are too timid to fight their supremacist co-religionists.

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. * 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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