At the very end of a lengthy expose of faith-based gay cures offered in Israel, May Kaduri, writing for YNet News, reveals she was offered pills to cure her ‘attaction to women’ by homeopath David Grushko, who also uses homoeopathy to cure autism.
After telling the homeopath that she was sexually attracted to females, Grushko
Simply offered me homeopathic pills, ‘which will help you develop more feminine traits so that your sexual attraction will be towards boys and not girls.’
Did it help anyone? ‘Yes, they have changed, he says.
On his autism cure site, Grushko says:
Homeopathy is a well established therapy, which is successfully used for many years and it has the ability to respond to every person, of all age groups.
Homeopathy does wonders especially in the field of autism. An early treatment – would benefit a great deal to your child’s progress.
Yet according to a Smithsonian report published in 1015, no fewer than 1,800 studies have shown that homeopathy is useless.
The alternative treatment that relies on super-diluted substances and the principle of “like cures like” is completely ineffective.
Kaduri’s piece, though, concentrates on the religious aspect of reparative therapies offered to gay people in Israel, and makes for depressing reading.
Among the 20 religious and ultra-Orthodox therapists we approached, only one categorically refused to perform conversion therapy. On the contrary, many boasted about their “great success rate” with patients who moved on, got married and established a kosher Jewish home in Israel; what ensues afterwards is no longer their concern.
But sexual conversion therapy is not an obscure activity taking place on the black market. Last week, a new organization — the Movement for Strengthening Family Values, launched a campaign against the LGBT community. The organization is of course ultra-Orthodox, a sector with particularly high rates of therapists who believe that sexual orientation can be changed through treatment.
Israeli society is loyal to traditional Jewish values [but] is under fierce attack and victim to brainwashing from the LGBTQ community [which] engages in media terror against those who don’t walk ‘the pride way’, and labels them as dark enemies of progress.
Those who only several years ago were outcasts, came together and created massive changes regarding their community. Their struggle is aggressive, and they force their whole world of values, language and behaviour on all of society.
Campaign leaders said they are not going against people’s right to live their lives, but rather against:
Those who made their sexual preferences their central identity theme.
The pamphlet further said that lesbian women and gay men can overcome their sexual preferences and change it:
When a man is really hungry and is shown something tasty, he has a strong passion to eat. But, once this man is made clear that there’s poison in this food, that will cause his immediate death, the passion and hunger goes away and is replaced with repolse [sic] and rejections.
There was also mention of “conversion therapy”:
From a therapeutic point of view, it’s clear that in many cases, a person’s tendencies can be influenced. Unfortunately, because of the gay struggle, conversion therapy has been labeled as wrong, and therapists who perform these treatments feel threatened. There is an atmosphere of silencing, and only research portraying one side is addressed.
Kaduri’s article says that in Israel, attempts to stop conversion therapies offered by quacks and religious organisations:
Have failed miserably. During her time as health minister, MK Yael German (Yesh Atid) tried to deal with the issue and a statement published by the ministry warned the public about these treatments, in part because ‘there is even evidence of possible harm’. Today, with ultra-Orthodox MK Yaakov Litzman as deputy (and acting) health minister, it seems that the ministry has no interest in preventing conversion therapy, and the market is flourishing.