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

Muslim and Jewish, Israeli and Palestinian, un-Gay news

Thousands of people march during the annual Gay Pride parade at a main street in Jerusalem on September 18, 2014. Photo by Hadas Parush/Flash90
Thousands of people march during the annual Gay Pride parade at a main street in Jerusalem on September 18, 2014. Photo by Hadas Parush/Flash90

Some time ago, a friend of mine called me to meet a Muslim Gay teen who had escaped certain death by his West Bank family. He seemed so stressed — surely he could use some therapy. So, I met him. But he couldn’t talk to me. He just stared at me in total panic.

My friend later explained. He himself wasn’t so religious, no kipah, no tzitzit, no peyot, no suit, no white shirt or T-shirt. In other words, he looked like any Gentile. But I looked like a Jew. And Jews kill. That’s what this refugee (he had fled from Muslims, not Jews — let that be clear) had been taught. He was consequently smuggled out of Israel, a bit less spectacular than in this dramatic movie, but nevertheless, and is safe now in the Americas.

Gay refugees fleeing the West Bank can’t stay within the Green Line for two reasons. 1. Israel doesn’t absorb Muslim refugees. 2. It’s too close to home and so, too dangerous — as we recently saw again in the news.

I met another Gay fellow from East Jerusalem. He’s in his 30s, unmarried, and needs to come home and sleep there every night or his brothers will find and kill him — for too obviously having gone Gay. But in the daytime, he’s free to travel, even to Tel Aviv. He doesn’t fear or hate Jews. He cares as little about religion and nationality as most Israeli Jews.

Against such a background, I understand that the only Queer organization operating in the West Bank loudly hates Jews (“the occupation”). Even as the PA police threatens to jail them if they dare to get together again anywhere at the West Bank. And that an openly Gay singer who performs at the West Bank equally hates Jews.

I understand it. It’s sad and even a bit shocking but still understandable. It’s centuries of hatred for and demonization of Jews, spoon-fed from the cradle. Not everyone will buy it. Look at the guy from East Jerusalem I mentioned above. Meeting Jews may help cure anti-Semitism. But that typically takes time. And won’t work for everyone. Also, solidarity from a distance by Israel’s Gay organizations will not do much. It’s just brushed aside as “pinkwashing.” Just being nice to haters seldom helps.

An Israeli Arab city, Muslim stronghold, deemed an Arab singer’s lyrics too “modern” and “indecent” for its taste. An Israeli judge then ruled that freedom of expression exactly covers the freedom to say things that others may dislike. Known for promoting feminism and criticizing patriarchy in Arab society, his music further expresses support for “equality between Arabs and Jews” but also (gasp): “ending Israel’s military rule over the Palestinians.” He thanked the many who supported “the right of young men and women to attend my performance or any artistic performance.” Yet, the singer decided to cancel the show, not to have to be escorted by [Israeli] police for his protection.

In further unhappy Gay news, the Ethiopian Gay Israeli who, through public and parliamentary pressure, finally had his jail sentence slashed and was freed from the lengthy imprisonment that he had received for murdering his abuser, is back in jail for another year. Supposedly for parole violation. His lawyer said that he received no help at reintegrating into society. That hopefully will be improved before he’s let free again.

Israel’s Mr. Secularization, Avigdor Lieberman, repeatedly suspected of anti-Gay sentiments, has now, ahead of the elections, written to Gay leaders that he’s for fairness to all, by which he means: shops can stay closed on Shabbat in predominantly ultra-Orthodox areas and neither should there be Pride marches there. But mostly secular areas should have shops open on Shabbat. He did not retract of apologize for past homophobic attacks.

At the other side of the Pond, lawsuits by many boys allegedly sexually abused by Jewish higher education teachers, decades ago, and hushed by staff, are gaining traction after the statute of limitation was extended.

In separate news, the Jewish-run Palestinian Post has again (but still shockingly) taken the side of Hamas. One of the prominent critics of Gaza’s Gays-killing junta, who was completely healthy, suddenly has mysteriously died in Europe (the Post cites three implausible causes of death) and it has a friend describes him as, I quote the tabloid: one of tens of thousands of Palestinians who emigrated from the Gaza Strip in recent years to escape Hamas [sic] “oppression,” end of quote. (For if you didn’t get it, it’s like talking about Hitler’s “genocide” on the Jews.)

All the above is news from the last couple of days, the past week. Those who ask why we still need Pride Parades, show them this blog post.

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 (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. * 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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