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

Nikki Haley for honorary Israeli citizenship!

It was a great move to give Jonathan Pollard honorary citizenship. BTW: Where is he? Why is he still not free to move to Israel?!

Of course, he’s Jewish and US UN Ambassador Nikki Haley is not. And he was targeted unfairly by the US justice system and Haley is celebrated widely. But that shouldn’t stop Israel from giving her the same honors.

Don’t we have plenty of anti-Zionist enemies (Jewish and Gentile, religious and not so religious) living here legally? Why not start changing that balance on the non-Jewish side?

Gentiles who try not to convert Jews to something else and who are humble long-time proven Zionists should be welcomed to make aliyah. If we need one group of people here to expand, it’s Israel advocates.

Some of them might actually make Israel their (second) home. But even when they won’t, won’t it be great to call them ours? This besides, no doubt, them being thrilled by such a move?

Thanking them, clearly, is not enough.

(Of course, any family member of theirs who is not an Israel advocate is not welcome and proselytizing should be rewarded by expulsion. I would also exclude people who belong to groups who pray, pay or work for or dream of converting Jews. They love us like a person who says: I love fish, and then proceeds eating it. And no thank you to people who “love Israel” because they mistakenly see it as voice for their Islamophobia. If Israel’s majority is anything, then it’s against unfairness and bigotry.)

This recognition should be awarded by a Knesset committee, ratified by a Knesset majority, to avoid prime ministers using this as a tool to placate foreign dignitaries not (yet) deserving so.

Why stop at giving our best friends honorary doctorates?

We may find these spokespersons for Israel not only among politicians. There are religious leaders, royals, teachers, bloggers and ordinary Gentile citizens in many countries who dedicate their life’s energies to standing up for Israel no matter what.

I’m always annoyed when populations and publications honor dead Jewish Nazi victims but have no sympathy for living proud Zionist Jews. Why only honor WW II protectors of Jews and not also current ones?

Of course, it is beyond enormous when Gentiles risked or gave their lives to save Jews. But how about present-time long-term life-long dedication to the Jewish State? That should count for something too.

What easier move than to stand with the people who stand with us?!

Israel aims to speak for all Jews. Well then, let’s do it!

Give our true friends the same immigration rights as Jews.

Down with goyophobia!

(Full disclosure: I have a friend who is a Dutch humble brave teacher of religion in a Dutch Christian school where he teaches students (most of them Muslim!) about Judaism and respect for Jews. He takes them on tours to the Jewish museum and lets them build a sukah. He never talks about his own beliefs but when I asked him, I found that he is completely against converting Jews and believes that Jews for Jesus are entirely mistaken. He’s crazy about Jews and Israel. His home in the Netherlands is filled with mezuzot, shofars, megilot, chanukiyot, etc. He knows all kashrut laws. He’s flown to Israel over a 100 times, spending here his every vacation and has many friends here but could never settle here while a Jewish anti-Zionist is always welcome. That’s illogical.)

About the Author
The author is a fetal survivor of the pharmaceutical industry (DES - Diethylstilbestrol), born in 1953 to two Holocaust survivors in The Netherlands, 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. His writing has been made possible by an allowance for second generation Dutch Holocaust survivors. It has been his dream since he was 38 to try to make a difference by teaching through writing. How ironic that he who had three times 90 for Dutch at his finals is spending his days communicating in English and Hebrew. G-d definitely has a sense of humor. His most influential teachers (chronologically) are: his parents, Wim Kan, Mozart, Harvey Jackins, Marshal Rosenberg, Reb Shlomo Carlebach and LBCHLCH, Rabbi Dr. Natan Lopes Cardozo and Rav Zev Leff. Previously, for decades, he was known to the Jerusalem Post readers as a frequent letter writer. His fields of attention are varied: Psychology (including Sexuality and Abuse), Medicine, Science, Politics (Israel, the US and the Netherlands, Activism), Oppression and Liberation (of young people, the elderly, non-Whites, women, workers, Jews, GLBTQI, foreigners, and anyone else who's dehumanized and exploited), Integrity, Philosophy, Jews (Judaism, Zionism, Holocaust and Jewish Liberation) and Veganism. Many of his posts will relate to current affairs from the news or the Torah Portion of the Week or to new insights that suddenly befell him. He always tries to bring a fresh perspective and to avoid boring you or wasting your time with the obvious, though original minds by necessity will be attacked by their contemporaries. In case you wonder - yes he's a bit dyslectic. To send a personal reaction to him, scroll to the top of the blog post and click on Contact Me.
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