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

I understand too well the ex-judge who criticized a strong beautiful presenter

I understand too well the ex-judge who attacked a former beauty queen and women’s rights advocate for wearing an Orthodox head covering but a ‘sexy’ outfit as co-presenter of the spectacle in honor of the 71st Israel’s Independence Day ceremony for being a hypocrite.

He refuses to apologize and maybe it takes telling him in his face what he has actually been saying.

I looked up the YouTube clip of the evening but before finding it, I knew already what had disturbed him. And looking at parts of the clip, I was right.

There were men with kippot (traditional head covering for Jewish men) looking at and listening to women dancing and singing — something Jewish law frowns upon. This contrast didn’t disturb him.

There was a singer who didn’t only have a full beard and mustache, but also long hair. This contrast didn’t disturb him.

There were blind women in elegant dresses singing. This contrast didn’t disturb him.

He got disturbed by the following:

1. If looking at a woman gives you sexual feelings or even if you see that she is attractive, that woman is wrongly dressed. She’s unfair competition with men who cannot flaunt these ‘attractive’ looks. Before she’s to be taken seriously, she should look totally uninteresting if not ugly.

This is an important aspect of sexism.

Also the opposite is part of hatred for women. If a woman doesn’t look ‘hot’ (in the eyes of such a sexist) she’s not worth listening to. This way women can never win.

The same we find in anti-Semitism: Jews are all rich, next to, they are the worthless masses; they are immoral, next to, they make us sick with their moral demands; they are our cunning oppressors, next to, they are primitive people who live in the past; etc.

By the way, Jewish Law doesn’t demand that a woman hide her beauty. There are certain dress codes how her public dress should be restrained but hiding that she is a woman and even a beautiful woman is not part of that. The rabbis don’t advocate burkas.

2. Nothing against the religious but these primitives give us a bad name and should stay in their own neighborhoods.

Her head covering stood out in this almost totally secular spectacle. This riles people who hate the religious. What was she doing is his show?

3. Mizrahic Jews are equal but should not press their un-Western attitudes upon the general public. Ashkenazic Jews built this country and the rest should show their gratefulness but be subservient.

Of course, if we really want to know who built this country then it’s largely Gentile Arab workers.

And let’s not open up the subject of how racist Mizrachic Jews were received here. They had to live in tent camps “because there was not enough to absorb them properly” while the Jews from Europe got decent housing.

There is still so much unchallenged racism, especially among the intelligentsia who know how to hide it behind polite words and who never worked shoulder-to-shoulder with non-Western Jews.

4. What was she standing there, smiling, warm and strong?

Women have always been the Jews’ strongest section. Because of the women, we left Egypt (slavery and became a People) the rabbis teach us. Still, many Jewish men are scared of strong women and hide that by being nasty. And especially if she’s not White, she should know her place and make coffee. Then she can smile.

In conclusion, this attack is a good example of how elitism, racism and sexism are friends of each other. I’m very proud to be of the same People as this presenter with her modesty, her intelligence, her warmth and her beauty. All women in Israel should wear this attack as a batch of honor. Despite all this oppression, they are the state’s greatest asset.

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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