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

Is Anti-gay graffiti offensive or rather its removal?

Illustration "Everything resolves of itself" by Roland Witte © 2018
Illustration "Everything resolves of itself" by Roland Witte © 2018

Next week is the yearly subdued Jerusalem Pride Parade and its size again promises to shatter all previous records. There are several reasons for this:


  • More and more people are getting to know GLBTQs leaving the closet, and more and more Allies get to like them and see this yearly Parade as an excellent way to declare opposition against ongoing State and private bullying.
  • Recently, a prominent Jerusalem Rabbi has fulminated against homosexuals as if they are the devil himself, and especially heterosexual Orthodox Jews want to demonstrate in ever increasing numbers that they want nothing to do with such ignorant and violent hatred.
  • En not only “the Right” is annoying the hell out of everyone with a heart for GLBTQ Liberation. (Just as Jews also have enemies at the Far Right and the Far Left.) An Economics Editor and Columnist from Anti-Zionist Haaretz’ in an extremely lengthy analysis just claimed that solidarity with the struggle for gay surrogacy is not really a public’s priority. An “opinion” rebuttal can only be seen by subscribers – Haaretz doesn’t seek to rehabilitate itself here.

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  • You cannot convince most Jews that a sizeable portion of our People (and Mankind) should stay without any intimacy and sexuality, either because they would not deserve what everyone needs, are like the untouchables (people who through no fault of their own should be cast out), or because they would be so superhuman that they won’t need a home, closeness and bonding.
  • Even less so will Israelis accept that there would be Jews who would psychologically be the best parents in the world, but who still should not raise children because they would be spiritually inferior, as now is newly being enshrined into Israeli Law.
  • For more and more Israelis, Jerusalem is gaining significance as Capital of the Jewish State, so Gays and Allies will come from all over the Country in ever greater numbers  to impress upon it their disagreement with the oppression of GLBTQ by the State.
  • The Biblical Verse condemning homosexuality (to heterosexual men) was written on a Jerusalem-stone wall close to the monument commemorating a teenage Pride marcher who was murdered during the Jerusalem Parade in 2015 even before her life really started. This vile murder is so despicable that one asks oneself what moral level such a painter must have. Even more Orthodox Jews will show with their feet that that is not Judaism.

However, I dislike that the municipality immediately removed the text. Rather, it should be preserved at the spot with a sign marking the date, destructiveness and significance of such bigotry. (And the perpetrator should be found and prosecuted – anyone knows what fringe group to look for. Same handwriting as “Death to the Arabs” graffiti.)


Meanwhile, kudos to my host, the Times of Israel, for immortalizing this.

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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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