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

Crazed Israeli statisticians hit home again, this time about home assaults

With amazement, I keep reporting about local statisticians who only know math but have no clue about the world they live in or need to investigate. And the reporters who faithfully transmit the nonsense.

The Israeli Central Bureau of Statistics has submitted its yearly report on home assaults. If you’re in a hurry, you could glance over the article and on the way, believe some of the garbage. But if you could spend just a few minutes on contemplation, you’d immediately see that something is very rotten in the state of statistics (thank you, Shakespeare).

First of all, at home, Arab [they mean Muslim; Arab Jews are grouped among the Jews] children in Israel are the least assaulted of all Israeli kids. In fact, they claim, Jewish children have double the chance to be assaulted as Arab ones. (They write twice as many/much but clearly do not mean that.) You believe that? No one does. Which doesn’t stop the Palestinian (formerly: Jerusalem) Post from making that the headline.

Then we are told that from those aged 20 years and up, 11.6% (they miscalculate and write 11.7%) are harmed at home.

Then we get all kinds of immaterial details followed by the closing worst paragraph. It’s not clear if the journalist or the researcher created it:

Nevertheless, 84.4% of those who responded to the survey said they felt safe walking around alone in the area of their homes – 91.2% of the men and 77.7% of the women.

The material word here is “nevertheless.” “Although” 11.6% of the adults are personally bothered, 84.4 feel safe. That means that everyone attacked at home feels unsafe plus 4%. How is that “nevertheless”?

And then we learn that 22.3% of all Israeli women, some 650,000, feel unsafe at home — but just as a curiosity — not as a shocking revelation that warrants a headline. How sexist, if that doesn’t shock. And that figure is given amidst all the underreporting that apparently goes on. Shocks me.

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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. 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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