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

‘Dare to Dream’ Eurovision prices say, what you want, still can be a fairytale

Entrance tickets will be triple the usual price. Fans are reportedly furious. They shouldn’t be. Not even despair. They should use their brains.

Cheer up! It’s election time in Israel. Every party wants to say that they are really for the people and not just for the middle class and the rich.

Use the leverage that you have. Demand that the government subsidize 67% of the ticket prices bringing the cost down to normal.

The grant should be for Israelis, to celebrate that Eurovision is here and its local fans don’t need to travel to Europe to spend their money there.

And the grant should be for foreigners too to celebrate that they came here to spend their money as tourists.

The whole event is an international public relations stunt for Israel anyway. That can cost something. But not a lot, it will be. Why?

The money will flow into state coffers immediately except for exorbitant salaries that some organizers might have tried to secure for themselves – whose reduction should be demanded as a condition for the subsidy.

(Talking of great pro-Zionist publicity, some negotiation seems needed with France about our freedom of speech and humor.)

The cabinet and opposition parties should fall over each other explaining why such subsidies are fair and justified.

If needed, point out that the prices are so high because Israeli politics refused to pay for it all, forcing the hosting broadcaster to take a loan that needs to be repaid.

Almost no political party wants to be known to the voters as the one who ripped off Eurovision show attendants. They’re dying to pay you.

Demand state subsidy and enjoy the show.

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 He wrote an unpublished tome about Jewish Free Will.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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