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Itamar Ben Gvir has the arguments and smarts to win from any opponent

As a lawyer, Ben Gvir has won countless court cases. Cases against him and cases started by him. Not because the judges liked him. But he had the winning argument and the other side had not, either because they were wrong or because they were lazy. And now he has become a politician.

Ben Gvir doesn’t run on sympathy. He moves by argument. People who don’t like his new political power, better shape up on their hasbara.

He just got an Arab party disqualified from running in the elections. No doubt, they’ll take it to the Supreme Court and it’s not unlikely that they’ll lose there too. Courts can’t figure in sympathies when there are good arguments.

Nothing is lost with one Arab party is blocked from running. It’s not the last Arab party standing. But what saddens me is that there seems no Arab party that fights for the interests of Israeli Arab Gentiles. All I hear and read from the Arab Gentile Members of Knesset is slander of Israel. But the Jewish State has many loyal calm friendly law-abiding Arab Gentile citizens who also need and deserve representation. I’m sure that most of them vote for some other parties. How sad that there is no place for them in an Arab party.

Also a Jew was disqualified who spread the blood libel that Israel is executing a creeping genocide. Indeed, he left the discourse as well.

It is rare that anyone gets voted out. Israelis are democrats beyond the end.

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His fellow party member Michael Ben Ari is said to have shared on social media describing Arabs as a “murderous people” who understand “only force.” The police will look into if that is racism. Well, when is that?

It seems only realistic to say that Israeli Jews got to know Arabs as “murderous people who understand only force.” Many Israelis have said so, including many Arab Jews. When does this become real racism?

It becomes sure racism (or nationalism) when it’s used to short-change Arab Gentile Israelis. When people are treated less well just because they are Arab Gentiles and not Jews. And when one talks about all Arabs being such and such. That is racism. When you can’t see the difference between Arabs who live for decades inside the Jewish State and Arabs from outside who have never met a Jew outside of anti-Semitic blood libels. When you can’t see the individual and fellow human in front of you but only the label “Arab.” And then not people who merely say racist things as a slip of the tongue, immediately apologizing for their bigotry. (You’re also a bigot when you don’t take people seriously when they say “We want all the Jews dead.” You apparently don’t take them seriously.)

People who proudly say or do such degrading generalized things, unapologetically, such people should not be able to run in elections in the Jewish State. Why? Because democracy is to give everyone a voice. Someone who doesn’t want everyone to have an equal say cannot be part of the system. He’s like a physician who only wants to work as a doctor to kill people.

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MM is a prolific and creative writer and thinker, previously a daily blog contributor to the TOI. He often makes his readers laugh, mad, or assume he's nuts—close to perfect blogging. As a frontier thinker, he sees things many don't yet. He's half a prophet. Half. Let's not exaggerate. He doesn't believe that people observe and think in a vacuum. He, therefore, wanted a broad bio that readers interested can track a bit what (lack of) backgrounds, experiences, and educations contribute to his visions. * This year, he will prioritize getting his unpublished books published rather than just blog posts. Next year, he hopes to focus on activism against human extinction. To find less-recent posts on a subject XXX among his over 1500 archived ones, go to the right-top corner of a Times of Israel page, click on the search icon and search "zuiden, XXX". One can find a second, wilder blog, to which one may subscribe, here: https://mmvanzuiden.wordpress.com/ or by clicking on the globe icon next to his picture on top. * Like most of his readers, he believes in being friendly, respectful, and loyal. However, if you think those are his absolute top priorities, you might end up disappointed. His first loyalty is to the truth. He will try to stay within the limits of democratic and Jewish law, but he won't lie to support opinions or people when don't deserve that. (Yet, we all make honest mistakes, which is just fine and does not justify losing support.) He admits that he sometimes exaggerates 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. * Sometimes he's misunderstood because his wide and diverse field of vision seldomly fits any specialist's box. But that's exactly what some love about him. He has written a lot about Psychology (including Sexuality and Abuse), Medicine (including physical immortality), Science (including basic statistics), Politics (Israel, the US, and the Netherlands, Activism - more than leftwing or rightwing, he hopes to highlight reality), 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), the Climate Crisis, Ecology and Veganism, Affairs from the news, or the Torah Portion of the Week, or new insights that suddenly befell him. * Chronologically, his most influential teachers 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. This short list doesn't mean to disrespect others who taught him a lot or a little. * He hopes that his words will inspire and inform, and disturb the comfortable and comfort the disturbed. He aims to bring a fresh perspective rather than harp on the obvious and familiar. When he can, he loves to write encyclopedic overviews. He doesn't expect his readers to agree. Rather, original minds should be disputed. In short, his main political positions are among others: anti-Trumpism, for Zionism, Intersectionality, non-violence, anti those who abuse democratic liberties, anti the fake ME peace process, for original-Orthodoxy, pro-Science, pro-Free Will, anti-blaming-the-victim, and for down-to-earth, classical optimism, and happiness. Read his blog on how he attempts to bridge any tensions between those ideas or fields. * He is a fetal survivor of the pharmaceutical industry (https://diethylstilbestrol.co.uk/studies/des-and-psychological-health/), born in 1953 to his parents who were Dutch-Jewish Holocaust survivors who met in the largest concentration camp in the Netherlands, Westerbork. He grew up a humble listener. It took him decades to become a speaker too, and decades more to admit to being a genius. But his humility was his to keep. And so was his honesty. Bullies and con artists almost instantaneously envy and hate him. He hopes to bring new things and not just preach to the choir. * He holds a BA in medicine (University of Amsterdam) – is half a doctor. He practices Re-evaluation Co-counseling since 1977, is not an official teacher anymore, and became a friendly, powerful therapist. He became a social activist, became religious, made Aliyah, and raised three wonderful kids. Previously, for decades, he was known to the Jerusalem Post readers as a frequent letter writer. For a couple of years, he was active in hasbara to the Dutch-speaking public. 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 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. 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