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

Why we probably won’t see the end of anti-Semitism in our lifetimes

No, I don’t think anti-Semitism will live on because:

– History teaches that it will always be here. I think, that defeatism is stupid and a self-fulfilling prophesy.

– We see history repeat itself. That’s greatly exaggerated. The things that mainly repeat themselves are: fear and denial. History only repeats itself in as far as we don’t learn her lessons.

– Gentiles have no choice but to hate us. Everyone has a choice, Free Will. Having no volition would render us non-responsible. No one believes that Nazi’s, Neo-Nazis and other anti-Semites are guiltless. So, everyone has a choice.

– Apparently G-d hates us. No, He holds us to higher standards and is closer to us than to anyone. What is He waiting for to save us? He’s waiting for and putting His trust in humans to save the situation. That’s our task, to make things better – and then He will help (do most of the job). Hate and love are very close. The world will only be rescued from hatred, murder and war when the world starts loving the Jews.

Rather, what really hampers safety for all Jews are that:

– Israel’s survival is boosted by enhanced anti-Semitism. Aliya is heightened by Jew hatred abroad. So Israel’s fight against anti-Semitism around Israel and in the international press must always be half-hearted.

– Anti-Semitism is seen as byproduct of the Middle-East conflict. It’s rather the cause. Who are actually ready to call a spade a spade?

– The lifestyle, culture and ideological background of most people, billions of them (Christians, Catholics, Muslims, Humanists, Democrats and Communists), are rooted in Judaism. There will be prominent resentment and jealousy against the Jews and their leadership of Mankind unless it’s actively countered by these worldviews and unless Jews are actively honored and admired for their role as pioneers. Equality with Gentiles is the maximum some exceptional people or traditions are ready for and that’s not enough.

– There is an intimate connection between divisiveness between Jews and their persecution. Diminish one, you diminish the other. Elevate one, you elevate the other. Who are active in reducing animosity between Jews? A handful.

– Blaming the victim, the Jews, is still popular. As if Jews (a little bit or a lot) cause and are responsible for Jew hatred.

– Hatred against Jews and even more so irritation about Jews and even more so indifference about Jews seems the thing that unifies the Left, the Right and everyone in between as nothing else. And it’s hard to give up on unity, even if it’s for evil (see the story of the Tower of Babel).

– Anti-Semites still each hope to succeed against the Eternal People. It’s hard to give up smoking if you don’t know what it will do to you. Who will begin teaching the history of anti-Semitic leaders: A History of Loss and Defeat.

– The UN nations adopted some 70 years ago the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and some 30 yours ago the Convention on the Rights of the Child. How long will it still take until it adopts the Universal Assertion of the Right for All Jews to live in Security and Safety, Honor and Admiration and Closeness and Warmth, and Jews always be surrounded by people and Peoples as Allies and Friends ready to defend us, and to learn from us and to be close to us? Abolishing anti-Semitism, like abolishing war, will benefit everyone, but still it doesn’t happen by itself.

Nevertheless, register and go to the (free of charge) 6th Global Forum for Combating Antisemitism, in Jerusalem, 19-21 March 2018. I’ll be there too.

About the Author
The author is a fetal survivor of the pharmaceutical industry (DES - Diethylstilbestrol), born in 1953 to two Dutch Holocaust 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. * 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 and Rav Zev Leff. * 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. Many people can't understand or like him because he has such a wide vision that he never fits any specialist's box. But that exactly what others 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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