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

For every racist act in Israel, there are 25 Israeli reporters reporting it

And several organizations protesting it.

There is Racism in Israel but it’s considered indecent by most people. And it’s often members of one oppressed group lashing out at another.

Such a clear-cut case seems police detectives violently apprehending an Ethiopian Israeli high school student in Ashdod as his principal looked on.

Another recent case happened after Israel’s Minister of Defense resigned and returned to the Knesset. His plan failed to topple the government and win in the ensuing elections by sounding hawkish.

(There may be multiple reason why Netanyahu tried and succeeded to talk others who wanted to quit into staying but not Liberman.)

(Not only did his plan not work – it backfired. Deri, Bennett and Kahlon all ate humble pie and let Bibi win. Now, Lieberman is going checkmate.)

He started his time in the Knesset with a racist maneuver. He refused to sit next to an Arab Lawmaker.

Now, I don’t know if that is because he’s still in electoral mood.

Or in a bad mood because his plan didn’t work out.

I don’t know if he is a racist.

I know that Russians (he’s a Russian Jew) often are racist-like mistreated.

But whatever the case, his action looks racist and that counts more than what’s on his mind or in his heart.

The Knesset should not tolerate such behavior.

He reportedly earlier had said that his Arab colleague should sit in jail or Gaza. That is unacceptable language.

I want the Knesset Ethics Commission to punish him. He should get the yellow card. Meaning: one more such move and you’re out of here. Not just banned from Parliament but banned from politics. (In Israel, racists and racist parties cannot stand in elections.)

No matter how much trouble the Arab Nation has had, has and could have with Jews, this is not personal. Whoever thinks it’s personal is not just mistaken but also a racist. And can return after shaping up.

Is he so rich or healthy that he can afford to avoid the Israeli health system? Because there, Muslim and Jewish doctors, nurses, technicians and patients are mixed. If you only want a Jewish/Arab doctor/nurse/patient, not eat with “the other,” not treat them, not wait next to them, not be hospitalized in one room, not see them at all, then you really have a problem in Israel. Thank G^d.

But here is an excellent example of to what length one can go not to be cold to Gentiles without blurring the distance that Jews have to keep.

BTW: The idea that Israel should retake the Gaza Strip is ludicrous. Who needs their children to patrol the streets of Gaza? Give it as a present to Egypt! They know how to deal with terrorist groups and regimes.

And give the Eastern Jordan Bank to the Arab Palestinian People.

And we keep the Golan.

Problems solved.

Meanwhile, the Left still has no alternative for Netanyahu, so it has dusted off Barak – pathetic. They’re now dreaming of banding together, instead of one of them joining the government to get some of their important ideals realized. They rather just slander and kvetch.

About the Author
The author is a fetal survivor of the pharmaceutical industry (DES - Diethylstilbestrol), born in 1953 to two Dutch Holocaust survivors 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), Oppression and Liberation (of 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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