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

The real reason the Israeli government wants to deport African migrants

The vast majority of Israel’s citizens are refugees. Jewish refugees. Real and imaginary concerns about democratic Israel keeping its Jewish majority no doubt play a role in not wanting too many Gentile refugees.

But religious bias of the secular State of Israel seems to play a larger role than ethnic discrimination. All Black Hebrews, whom no religious Jew consider Jewish, have never been expelled and received permanent residency. But many Ethiopian Jews, recognized by major Jewish authorities, still are awaiting in Ethiopia for their right of return. And Ugandan Jews have been recognized by the Jewish Agency as admissible for immigration but after decades are still in Uganda.

Israel always has taken in Gentile refugees, though only small-scale numbers. The last group I remember are a hundred or so from Nepal after the devastating earthquakes there. But even President Rivlin, with a life-long passion to fight any racism he spots, is for the deportations.

Israel has now fenced off further entrance to African migrants. The problems therefore are now made about people who came here in the past. Why? The truth is often more shocking than fantasy.

Israel has been built in war time. Macho-ism is still rampant. Seriously lacking is some sense of win-win strategies, compromise and being good sports. So a couple of ten thousand Africans slipped in. Leave them. Give them jobs, schools, housing. We know how to do that. Don’t even check who are “proper refugees” and didn’t come here for the money only.

Israel is such a vibrant multi-ethnic society. We have Gentiles who are Chinese, Filipino, Druze, and many others living side-by-side with Jewish and Arab Palestinians. We can handle it. Some of them will turn into our best citizens. Just don’t spoil their lives; give them a chance. Relax.

About the Author
The author is a fetal survivor of the pharmaceutical industry (DES - Diethylstilbestrol), born in 1953 to two Dutch Holocaust 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 He wrote an unpublished tome about Jewish Free Will.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. * 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 and Rav Zev Leff. * 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, 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. Many people can't understand or like him because he has such a wide vision that he never fits any specialist's box. But that exactly what others 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. * He likes doing age-appropriate and age-inappropriate things and looks forward to getting to know his timeless mature out-of-the-box soul mate. * To send any personal reaction to him, scroll to the top of the blog post and click Contact Me.
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