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

Israel must start keeping a public registry of sex offenders

There’s a whole list of reasons why Israel is a haven for grown-ups who are a danger to minors.

  • Jews are naive by nature, prone to believe in the goodness of all people even against the greatest proofs to the contrarily.
  • Slander is so forbidden in Judaism that most people forget that malicious gossip is only forbidden when it has no constructive purpose. But this excludes warning others for dangers.
  • For many decades, the fable was promoted in Israel that homosexuals are in fact child-rapists. With the heightened acceptance of Gays in Israel, it should be stressed that child-molesters do not deserve such tolerance.
  • In many ultra-Orthodox communities, sexuality is not discussed until shortly before marriage. They also never heard of Michael Jackson. Such naivety can easily be exploited by child-molesters.
  • There is this prejudice that abusers are scary looking people. Truth is that the most ‘successful’ ones come across as lovely and sweet.
  • When almost all kids love a grown-up means nothing! Molesters often befriend most kids as their cover to go then after those kids who’d be least believed when they complain (isolated kids with a low opinion of themselves, shy, little support at home, etc.).

Such would-be molesters never work in old-age homes. It’s always at the children’s ward or daycare, the kindergarten, school transportation, etc. Every grown-up who works with kids must be screened for their record.

For neighborhoods with such naive neighbors, every child-molester must be registered nationally for everyone to look up. This is an uncomfortable political decision but it must happen.

The notion “It can’t happen to my kids” is an illusion. This denial must be broken. A law in Israel protecting kids against predators is long overdue.

It is ridiculous that Israel has the world’s stiffest legislation against sexual harassment (good for us), that Israelis love kids but that its children are not properly protected.

It should be a matter of honor for the Knesset and the government to compete who gets such legislation to the vote the quickest.

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, 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. * 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. 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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