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

Stop prominent Israelis in jail from writing books for profit

Israel is a parliamentarian democracy. It’s not perfect but certainly not less than other Western democracies – and in certain aspects distinctly better. (You want a few examples? Racist cannot stand for office here. Everyone gets free days according to their nationality and religion. No one makes any issue of anyone parading their religious symbols and closing, including in public, during army service and work hours.)

Yes, we still have a rampant bureaucracy, corruption and capitalism. We have sexism and racism and anti-Semitism, etc., but they are all illegal.

Therefore, we have had high-ranking officials who were convicted of crimes against citizens or the state and went to jail. As in all democracies, poor people have less chances to fairness in the justice system, but on paper the law is the same for everyone, some minorities (abused women, Arabs, non-Hebrew speakers) get extra help, but certainly no one is above the law.

However, I noticed that these convicted rulers, these notable prisoners, continue to have an enormous amount of brazenness. After losing appeals, they needed to get to jail. But almost as soon as they’re in, they apply for shorter sentences, clemency, because life in prison is so hard on them – as if it is supposed to be easy. They are the new victims. They did not hurt others or the state – the state, the judge hurt them – and their families. And their high profile friends cry crocodile tears for them in the media.

But the chutzpa does not end there. Some of these prisoners found a way to make even their jail time pay for them. While being kept on tax payers’ money, they write memoirs. They just can’t stop serving their country – read: stressing their importance for the nation. Why should they no longer make some money from their humbly contributions to everyone’s happiness? What nerve! We need a law against this. Israel wouldn’t be the first.

People in jail may write and sell books but the profits must go to their victims or the state. Work done in the boss’ time is owned by the boss. Which of the political big shots are going to introduce such a bill? Or are they all afraid to block their entrance to a potential future goldmine?

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.