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

Gays’ oppression alive and kicking in Israel

Would it be possible in 2017 in the democratic humanistic Jewish State of Israel that someone would lose his job for going to a gay wedding and making the newlyweds happy? Yes, it just happened.

A Member of Knesset did so and lost his seat in parliament. No, he wasn’t unseated – that is legally impossible. He voluntarily gave up his seat after being bullied, but that should make no difference.

Where is the Law prohibiting this? Where is the police questioning the low-lives who harassed him? Anyone who pressured him to resign should receive a jail sentence.

It’s not going to happen. It’s politically not feasible. Morality held hostage by political pragmatism.

NB: This distinguished lawmaker didn’t approve of gay marriage. In fact, he made very clear to wife and kids before setting off to the wedding that this is not kosher. But he also said: which is none of our business – he’s family and we’re going to make him happy. What a Mensch!

And the rabbis who called for his ousting? They mainly deplored the desecration of G-d’s Name. They’re completely ignorant that their very position is what damages G-d’s honor. The only way to save His Face is to protest this stupidity. Which, as an Orthodox Jew I hereby gladly do.

Thank G-d, many young people start exploring Judaism by reading old books without paying too much attention to what ignorant hateful leaders of our days without an ounce of decency scream. Every philosophy of life on paper looks much better than the leaders proclaiming it. Too bad Judaism is not an exception here.

And don’t assume for a second that this is a religious area of public shame. The greatest anti-religious-domination institute of the Jewish State, always meting out human rights, the High Court of Justice, just now defended marriage inequality – blaming it on Judaism and public opinion being opposed. Well, for the record, the overwhelming majority of the Israeli public (59%) supports same-sex marriage for Israel. I think that there is nothing more disgusting than judges lying.

In honor of Edie Windsor (88).

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. If you're a native English speaker and wonder why you should read from people whose English is only their second language, consider the advantage of having a peek outside of your cultural bubble. * 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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