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

Arab MKs condemn “honor killing” attempt at Gay brother

On Shabbat, the Times of Israel reported that half a dozen Arab Members of Knesset condemned a stabbing outside a Tel Aviv LGBT shelter of an Arab youth who before collapsing identified the fugitive assailant as his brother. May he have a complete and speedy recovery.

We’ve come a long way and these lawmakers deserve a lot of credit for their new moral leadership on this issue.

Perhaps a good opportunity to call attention to a film that I recently saw, Out in the Dark, published in 2012, the video at the top of this blog post.

The subject is an Israeli Jew and a Muslim from the (by the PA) Occupied Territories falling in love. The story is at least as old as Romeo and Juliet.

The movie is very well done.
It has pace throughout.
It’s painfully honest and realistic.
It’s not steamy or pornographic at all.
It’s about love, not lust.

Worth anyone’s 90 minutes.


Meanwhile, I have a little update on the Mizrachic Chief Rabbi of Jerusalem who blew up at homos last week. I answered his case at length but I left one thing out: that he sounded so bitter.

Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach once gave a concert somewhere. Until the very start of the performance, one of the local Orthodox Jews campaigned against going to listen to him. Reb Shlomo said: Tell me about him. The answer: He has 12 children and just lost his job. Ah, Reb Shlomo replied, no wonder he sounds so bitter. He arranged that all proceeds went to this guy, with him knowing from where the money had come.

I wrote about the attack by the Chief Rabbi, that he is not the issue. After that, I got some more information.

Needless to say that homosexuality in his surroundings is completely taboo. So, no wonder that Gay young men close to him kept their identity and affair a secret. When he found out after five years, he must have been very distraught. (Don’t you think for a second that I’m outing anyone. If gayness happens to 5% of any population, then there is a whopping 33% chance that a close relative of anyone is non-Straight.)

The moral of the story: The rabbinic attack was fueled by personal frustration and no one needs to take it to heart at all.

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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