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

Is the Israeli Minister of Education finally ready to be an ally to gays?

In Israel, a major part of the population does not learn math or English, geography or science, biology or history, democracy or that being gay is not a choice. The present Minister of Education is from that segment. He has implied repeatedly, also when in function, that being gay is a choice — and an evil one at that. Or they see it as a mental impairment.

Now a 12-year old student has been beaten into a hospital bed by his classmates. You should know that such things don’t happen in Israel in the frequency that seems normal in the US. The minister, therefore, came to his sickbed. We’re all commanded to visit the sick. But he came in function. And he assured the young patient: “I’ll use all means at my disposal to eradicate this horrible phenomenon.”

Well, that’s good news. Overrepresented among victims of bullying and other violence are members of the LGBTQ community. I’m not saying anything about this particular boy or situation which I’m unacquainted with and which is not the issue at all. But if one wants to stop school violence, one needs to begin always speaking highly of non-straights.

(This violence is not only often directed towards LGBTQ individuals. One even doesn’t need to be “not normal” or think that to be targeted. Behavior that is not “gender-confirmative” sets off many violent people.

And that’s where it hits all boys and girls, men and women, and anyone in between or out. Not to become victim to this violence, all apparent males are expected to not be “too friendly” or “too sensitive,” and all apparent females are expected to not be “too confident,” take “too much initiative.” This drives all cisgender heterosexuals towards giving up on their authentic selves and starting to act as fake stereotypes — until they don’t know any better anymore. And this all enforces sexism as nothing else.)

The minister should also include countering hate speech from political allies. Even if they call themselves “proud homophobes.” In his circles, gay is seen as a lifestyle choice opposite of being religious. So that’s how they justify looking down on someone whom G-d created gay in His Image.

This besides the tiny number of straight men who chose to go gay. Which is a democratic right and can only be fought one way: by showing how much greater your lifestyle choice as an involuntarily straight religious Jew is. And you don’t show that when you utter arrogant hate speech.

This minister has not been known as a gay-ally until now. It’s not too late.

About the Author
MM is a prolific and creative writer and thinker, a daily blog contributor to the TOI. He is a fetal survivor of the pharmaceutical industry (, 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 strict vegan since 2008. 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. * NEW: To see other blog posts by him, his overspill blog you can reach by clicking on the Website icon next to his picture at the head of every post. There you may find precursors to later TOI blog posts, addition or corrections of published TOI blog posts, blog posts the TOI will not carry and some thoughts that are too short to be a TOI blog post. Also, the TOI only allows for one blog post per blogger per 24 hours. Sometimes, he has more to say than that. * To send any personal reaction to him, scroll to the top of the blog post and click Contact Me.
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