Moshe-Mordechai van Zuiden
Moshe-Mordechai van Zuiden
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Recent Gay and Not so Gay News – an Overview

Some news outlets only report LGBTQ news around Pride Week. Some never. But the Jewish and Zionist media that I follow together had a fairly rich offering of LGBTQ news in the past few days. Here’s the list, with some comments.

First some fun events:

Jerusalem to host Israel’s main gay pride parade — report (Taking the torch from Tel Aviv.)

Global event held in Buenos Aires for LGBT Jews (No, this was not held for LGBT Jews but their world congress, organized by themselves.)

Horror from outside of Israel:

Chechen Authorities Are Killing Gay Men, Russian Newspaper Reports
Homosexual Chechen men share stories of mass arrests, abuse


Meanwhile, on a smaller scale, danger may lurk in unexpected places:

Man sentenced to 11 years in Dutch prison for cyberbullying

Guy meets men Grindr app and attacks them (Not all men who have sex with men (MSM) have a homosexuals orientation and/or certainly must be nice to meet.)

AIDS is no longer a death sentence but still safe sex is a must. Sad that this is still needed but good that irresponsible guys are helped:

Health Ministry to contribute to condom distribution in gay clubs

Religious authorities continue to shock and endanger:

Imam calls for murder of homosexuals (Compassion for homosexuals means killing them. His tone is the sweetest. Eerie.)

Attorney General frustrates Defense Minister, protects yeshiva (Israel allows the rabbi to call homosexuals perverts. He only regretted his tone. See about tone the previous link.)

Rabbis convene in Jerusalem to discuss homosexuality in national-religious community; Gay challenge from a Torah perspective (About them and without them. It doesn’t get more silly and paternalistic. Those who know what they are talking about seemed absent – or too scared to open their mouths.)

Biting anti-Zionism continues to plague Gay circles outside of Israel:

Gay Israel Activist Rips LGBT Student Group After It Pulls Support for His Event to Show ‘Solidarity’ With Palestinians

Ohio State Hillel drops Jewish LGBT group for co-sponsoring event by pro-BDS group

It can be difficult in Israel to get one’s GLBTQ material printed:

‘Individuals must maintain freedom of conscience’ (See you in court.)

Gender confusion: Suit filed for refusal to serve heterophobes (The lay-out editor wanted to be witty but lacked any knowledge. So this item about a transgender group received a heading as if it concerned homosexuals.)

Reconstructionist rabbis affirm full inclusion of transgender, gender-fluid Jews (Those who were not too shy to reconstruct their religion, certainly should accept those who want to reconstruct their bodies – tong-in-cheek.)

Answering The Transgender Son (blog post)

Italy beckons for Gaul comic heros [sic] Asterix and Obelix (The in-depth article completely ignores the constant mocking, abuse and bullying of the only effeminate man in it, Cacofonix, whom everyone hates. This is not to whitewash its frequent racist and sexist stereotyping. Tainting an otherwise hilarious comic.)

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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 (, 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. * To find his earlier blog posts on a certain subject XXX, among his over 1200 ones, go to the right-top corner of the Times of Israel page, click on the search icon and search "zuiden, XXX". His second daily active less tame blog, to which one may subscribe, one may find here: or by clicking on the globe icon next to his picture on top. * To send any personal reaction to him, scroll to the top of the blog post and click Contact Me.
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