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

Israel’s next president must be a Mizrachi woman!

There is an agreement that, in turn, an Ashkenazic and a Mizrachic will be elected president of Israel, every six years. However, when the turn was already several times for a Mizrachic, a Mizrachic backbencher was elected who was among insiders known as a womanizer. And indeed, in the course of his term, he was removed and jailed for rape. The prosecutor ‘happened to be’ Mizrachic too. Pride in their president among Mizrachics turned into shame. It was an intricate trick, once again, to show Mizrachics their place.

Next year, much loved and respected President Rivlin’s term will come to an end. Ashkenazic candidates are lining up already, totally in concert with their White factual privilege and imagined entitlement. The chutzpa!

Israel’s next president must be Mizrachic. Any other outcome is racist.

It must be noted that President Rivlin was a known anti-racist and has not disappointed. He has done good work uniting the country, speaking and acting out against blatant and subtle racism consistently and continually. However, that’s not enough anymore.

Obama did not end racism in the US (worse, he was followed by Trump, the self-proclaimed ‘least racist person in the world’). But maybe the contrast between Trump and Obama has helped foster the national awareness that revived the Black Lives Matter movement.

And since it will be 2021, it must be a woman too. Golda Meir was a real token woman leader. And she was scapegoated for a war failure. There is so much everyday normalized sexism in Israel, it must be a woman. Men can be allies, as I try to be, and men should stand up and speak for women. But male allies must do so alongside women–not instead of them!

A Mizrachic woman president will not end oppression in Israel. But her presence and personality certainly will help. Just by showing women’s and Mizrachics’ excellence at everything. Her mere presidency might stimulate that the next head of Israel’s police would be a woman. That more is done against sexual assault, by strangers, in the home, and among friends. That racism against Ethiopians is stopped more.

To those who want to object: ‘How dare you suggest that any Ashkenazi or any man is a priori disqualified?’ I will say: ‘How dare you suggest that any Mizrachic and woman is a priori disqualified?’

If you’re not at the table, you’re on the menu. Enough with blatant racism and sexism already! Yet another Ashkenazi and/or man as Israel’s head of state is unbearable–no matter how excellent s/he might be.

The present candidates:

Ashkenazic males:

Mizrachic males:

  • Professor Shimon Shetreet, undeservedly passed over last time.
  • Labor Party chairman Amir Peretz.

An Ashkenazic female:

  • Former Supreme Court Judge Dalia Dorner.

Mizrachic females:

  • Member of Knesset Dalia Itzik, was already acting president.
  • Miriam Peretz.

The time to start harping against male and Ashkenazic privilege is now. Please join and let our voice swell to a choir. Enough is enough. Our goal should be to ingrain that not choosing a female and Mizrachic is indecent.

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 (https://diethylstilbestrol.co.uk/studies/des-and-psychological-health/), 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, lehavdil 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, LGBTQIA, 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 quite 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 500th 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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