Moshe-Mordechai van Zuiden
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Worse than the Nazis

Killing Jews happily

Often, when something is compared to the Holocaust, it both exaggerates the thing and downplays the Shoah at the same time.

In this case, the Hamas pogrom on Shabbat Simchat Torah was worse.

There are reports of the worst top Nazis who could only murder Jews by hardening their hearts. “It’s not always easy to send beautiful young girls into the gas chambers.” They needed parties with good food, good music, and laughter to keep up silencing their conscience and continuing the genocide the next morning. They employed hatred, anger, lies and myths, Schadenfreude, and sadism. The Muslim supremacists (in comparison) ‘only’ need supremacy, sadism, and sexual abuse of victims.

After the war, Nazis had to keep lying to themselves to keep their conscience quiet and lying to the outside world to keep themselves from prosecution. Not Hamas terrorists. They are not going to betray their greatest gifts to humanity. In previous armed conflicts, they would never deny all their ‘fighters’ who died, bringing great honor to their families.

Yet, so often, and now again, we hear from the most extreme Muslim militants who, in the name of their faith, murder with delight, especially Jews. With a smile on their faces, they mow down people. Their greatest honor would be to die at the hands of the infidels or while murdering them. How terribly must one be brainwashed to get there?

Movies sometimes show how mafia bosses personally kill people with great satisfaction. That’s the closest we ever got to this.

The court declaration of the Muslim-fundamentalist murderer of cineaste Theo van Gogh was an eye-opener. He enjoyed the honor of murdering him. He would have killed the cops who ran up to him if he could have, and not because he hated them. He told the cop at trial: I don’t hate you; you just should have died too. (This senior cop cried in disbelief about so much evil in return for him serving the public.) He would have loved it if he had been killed at the scene and wanted to be executed—but got life in prison without parole.

So many will deny it. ‘People are not like that. They must have been in distress, in a cloud of anger, crazed, they fantasize.’ They are not.

I’m also not writing this in distress or anger. I’m describing reality. If you don’t want to face it, you have a problem.

No, not all Muslims are like that. No, Islam is not a depraved religion. No, not everyone is just evil. Don’t make it worse than it is. It’s bad enough.

They’re worse than ISIS, is the mantra now. When the first killings by ISIS appeared on YouTube, many Muslims refused to believe Muslims were doing this. They were sure these must be actors paid to embarrass Islam. Unfortunately, we’ve grown up. No one is in disbelief anymore.

If you’re honest and hate all that is fake, this is a hard reality to face.

You don’t need to agree. You can read novels, sing lullabies, and consume drugs all you want. Many people don’t like reality. But reality is not going to change just to accommodate those who want to deny it. Only we can change reality—for the better. But then first, we need to face it.

Will Hamas being exposed as utterly monstrous and its complete defeat lead the Arab Word to feeling the same shame Germany and Europe felt at the pictures of the genocidal extermination camps, and extremists Islam receive the same evil reputation as Nazism forever? Let’s hope so. It doesn’t look like it yet, but at the moment, the defeat is not finished.

A humbler Christianity and Islam vis-à-vis the Jews would go a long way.

About the Author
MM is a prolific and creative writer and thinker, previously a daily blog contributor to the TOI. 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. None of his content is generated by the new bore on the block, AI. * As a frontier thinker, he sees things many don't yet. He's half a prophet. Half. Let's not exaggerate. Or not at all because he doesn't claim G^d talks to him. He gives him good ideas—that's all. MM doesn't believe that people observe and think in a vacuum. He, therefore, wanted a broad bio that readers interested can track a bit what (lack of) backgrounds, experiences, and educations contribute to his visions. * This year, he will prioritize getting his unpublished books published rather than just blog posts. Next year, he hopes to focus on activism against human extinction. To find less-recent posts on a subject XXX among his over 2000 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 too, here: or by clicking on the globe icon next to his picture on top. * Like most of his readers, he believes in being friendly, respectful, and loyal. However, 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 when don't deserve that. (Yet, we all make honest mistakes, which is just fine and does not justify losing support.) 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 - more than leftwing or rightwing, he hopes to highlight reality), 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. * Chronologically, his most influential teachers 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. This short list doesn't mean to disrespect others who taught him a lot or a little. One of his rabbis calls him Mr. Innovation [Ish haChidushim]. Yet, his originalities seem to root deeply in traditional Judaism, though they may grow in unexpected directions. In fact, he claims he's modernizing nothing. Rather, mainly basing himself on the basic Hebrew Torah text, he tries to rediscover classical Jewish thought almost lost in thousands of years of stifling Gentile domination and Jewish assimilation. (He pleads for a close reading of the Torah instead of going by rough assumptions of what it would probably mean and before fleeing to Commentaries.) This, in all aspects of life, but prominently in the areas of Free Will, Activism, Homosexuality for men, and Redemption. * 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. When he can, 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, for Zionism, Intersectionality, 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. Read his blog on how he attempts to bridge any tensions between those ideas or fields. * He is a fetal survivor of the pharmaceutical industry (, born in 1953 to his 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, and decades more to admit to being a genius. But his humility was his to keep. And so was his honesty. Bullies and con artists almost instantaneously envy and hate him. He hopes to bring new things and not just preach to the choir. * 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, powerful therapist. He became a social activist, became religious, made Aliyah, and raised three wonderful kids. Previously, for decades, he was known to the Jerusalem Post readers as a frequent letter writer. 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 a strict vegan since 2008. He's an Orthodox Jew but not a rabbi. * 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. 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. * To send any personal reaction to him, scroll to the top of the blog post and click Contact Me. * His newest books you may find here:
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