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

You’d invite people who hate you to your house to see for themselves if you’re lovely?

Bibi is criticized almost universally for saying no but I think he's right

Common guys, where is your (Jewish) self-respect?! They said openly that a good way to fight the Jewish state is to boycott part of our products and isolate us financially. And such people would get a pass because they are US lawmakers? Everyone else who hates us is banned.

US Ambassador to Israel David Friedman said it very well. Promoting boycotts, divestment and sanctions against Israel (BDS) is “no less than economic warfare designed to delegitimize and ultimately destroy the Jewish State.”

Especially US politicians who are our staunch friends disappointed me. Your US Freedom of Speech fetish is exactly what makes for the rise in Internet and after that, in-the-street and in-your-face violence. There’s a limit to freedom: when it’s used to limit the freedom of, oppress others!

It’s not blocking these Israel haters that will lower Israel’s standing in the world but rather the critics who can make themselves support it.

But, if they would see for themselves and would be treated well …. Hatred for Jews was never caused by Jews misbehaving; love for Jews never by Jews acting at their best. This is just a form of blaming Jews for anti-Semitism. Just like asking if women assaulted maybe asked for it.

And why are opponents silent on Bibi’s humanitarian exception clause? That, after all, the gesture is not made use of is clearly because it wasn’t possible to exploit such a visit for hateful purposes. Bonus point for Deri.

Bibi is not only right. That so many people (but not everyone) disagree with him makes it clear how urgent it is to tell everyone: enemies of the Jews are not welcome touring the Jewish State.

We also don’t need them to return to the US and then say: We saw for ourselves and it was worse than we thought. And the idea that we have nothing to lose is beside the point. You don’t celebrate sworn enemies.

To compare this ban to Trump’s “Muslim ban” does not hold. Look at Israel’s international airports. Many Muslims continuously come and go. It’s hostility to Israel that would get you into trouble. As it should.

They are welcome when they better themselves. When they, equally to most other US lawmakers, start feeling unconditionally responsible to irradiate hatred for Jews and Israel. Until that time, who needs them?

It’s not that we have a hard time with disagreements. We have one of the most vibrant democracies in the world. But there is a gigantic difference between voicing dissent and being hateful and oppressive.

Surely, it doesn’t look good that Trump attacks them for racist reasons (why do the media still quote him?) and now we don’t want them either. (I don’t believe, it’s immaterial that Trump would have had anything to do with the ban and we don’t need a blame game on something good.) But when anti-Zionist (=anti-Jewish) publications go against Bibi about this, who do you choose for? I vote for Bibi. Reactionary, capitalist but proud and humanistic Bibi.

The Israeli public, cured by the ludicrous “peace process,” has for long already given up on foreign-promoted prospects and pipedreams of pending peace. It will award Bibi with two extra seats for this maneuver.

Dignity is not optional for Jews (or anyone else).

About the Author
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 (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, 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. * To send any personal reaction to him, scroll to the top of the blog post and click Contact Me. To see other blog posts by him, a second blog - under construction - can be found by clicking on the Website icon next to his picture.
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