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

Why the Jews? Blame as an Aspect of Anti-Semitism

This is a classical German sketch. One says: “The Jews and the bicycle riders are the cause of all evil in the world.” Says the other: “Why the bicycle riders?” Replies the first: “Why the Jews?”
One aspect of Antisemitism is the assignment of their collective guilt. As my mother used to put it: When a Catholic butcher overcharges his customers, he’s considered a thief. When a Jewish butcher cheats in business, all Jews are called dishonest.
There is nothing new under the sun. Understandably then, we Jews are anxious if a criminal in the news would be Jewish, because he could sullen the name of all Jews. Yet, that is not completely justified.
True, in the Europe for centuries we feqared that one misdeed of a Jew could endanger the whole community. Not for nothing are Ashkenazic Jews stressed about the human likelihood of making the smallest mistake. (Being in safer waters now, it’s high time to ease up, though.)
Despite all the above, I just want to stress that no Jew ever CAUSED Antisemitism. Anti-Jewish sentiments and stereotypes are around, often despite of us. (“I hate Jews but not you.”) But in any case, in no oppression we should collude with blaming the victim. We must expect of Gentiles to clean up all oppressions including anti-Jews oppression.
Jews are often depicted as over-priviledged and the overall enemy of all. What’s with that?
Better performance of Jews is often the outcome of a frantic attempt to survive – not because we are more gifted or more protected.
Rulers for millennia have used Jews to hold them hostage to their power and let them work for them, given Jews a bad name. Rejected by the antisemitic masses though, Jews had no one else to turn to. Then, when revolt against the rulers was imminent, they secretly started a hate campaign, and let the population cool its anger on the Jews, staying safe themselves.
Jews are under-protected by the population. When we are taken up by the Gentile masses, we will not lend exploiters a hand, but rather only work for the good of everyone.
Don’t blame Jews for being held hostage and don’t blame them for Antisemitism.
I dislike to still keep Trump responsible for that one. True as all the arguments to continue to point the finger at him might be, that’s just too contrived. Rather, let’s be honest. I think that it’s fair to say that President Trump’s intuition was right. This was too cleverly done to be the work of a Gentile. LOL
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To subscribe to his daily blog posts, click on the circle next to the blogger's picture, containing a dot with two quarter circles around it (the Feed Computer icon). * 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, 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. * He likes doing age-appropriate and age-inappropriate things and looks forward to getting to know his timeless mature out-of-the-box soul mate. * To send any personal reaction to him, scroll to the top of the blog post and click Contact Me.
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