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

Will the worst gay-haters enter the Knesset and all are fine with it?

We have heard from hundreds of people how bad it is that racists would enter the Knesset and the government. I seem to be the only one who calls for a moderate reaction. The problem is never with the extremist. The problem lies with the silent hatred that is around. But there is something else that is far worse.

No one protests that they are also the worst gay-haters poised to enter the Knesset. They call homosexuals beasts.  Bad is not so bad when people protest. But oy vey zmir when bad happens and no one says a thing.

Of course, when Israeli Jews accuse other Jews of racism, Arab Israelis are not depressed. But when Jews would attack homophobic Jews, homophobic Arabs Gentiles might give support to the latter.

Deploring their racism but not their homophobia has the strong smell of Jews trying to just please Arabs, not of standing up for human rights.

Even rabbis and politicians and reporters who always speak up for gay rights have protested the racists getting political power but have been totally silent about their abject hatred of homosexuals.

The Jews in prewar WW II stood largely alone. Today, the gays in Israel stand totally alone. I can’t understand so much lack of interest, so little courage, so much indifference.

Are these the Children of Abraham who even stood up against the Almighty to defend the wicked in Sodom and Gomorrah?! They can’t even stand up against rabbis, politicians and reporters to defend innocent people with the “wrong” sexual needs?

Someone recently called that racism too. That’s probably right. Not because it’s a family thing but it’s something inborn that you can’t change.

Why are Jewish allies of gays silent? Speak up, so that they won’t come for your children, your brothers and sisters, your best friends and lesser friends, your wife or your husband, your uncles, aunts, nephews and nieces, your parents and your grandparents, your neighbors and your colleagues, bosses and workers, your acquaintances and your fellows everywhere.

Like the Holocaust was not the Jews’ decline but rather the bankruptcy of Europe culture and religion, gay persecution is the embarrassment of heterosexuals. Why are you still silent? How can you live with yourself?

Unworthy of being called Jewish, post-Holocaust Jewish. An embarrassment.

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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