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

The average Israeli flies abroad five times a year?

The ailing formerly Palestinian Post carries an idiotically illustrated piece headlined “Israelis travel abroad on average five times a year – survey.” It says that “the average Israeli travels around five times a year.” It spreads so much nonsense that we can’t know if that’s from incompetence, indifference or intentional.

But whatever the case, this obviously is false. The average Israeli doesn’t travel abroad at all. We are not as rich as those waiting to receive our cash would like. How could one write and publish such uninformed nonsense?

Reading the article itself, one discovers that this is not a report of an actual tally but only a survey. And then — worse even — it’s a poll under travelers. So, those Israelis who do fly out, do that — reportedly — five times a year.

That’s quite a different animal than the caption says. But,  it gets worse.

Almost breaking news — after 12 days

Let’s visit the travel agency that held the survey. Link not included in the article. Turns out it’s not the number of flights per year but the number of different countries visited in a lifetime. Israelis are like people from most countries polled with an average of five. Really. But, it gets even worse.

The detailed poll analysis at the travel agency website cites 11 countries but not Israel. Mentioning Israel is bad for international business?!

This is not brought up by the Post as any critical sense has escaped them years ago. The whole piece reads like propaganda and an infomercial.

They falsely and baselessly write that the poll includes “a focus on Israel” among 20 countries polled. The Judenrein press report is from January 29, the Post’s article’s date is February 10. We can’t call this rushed reporting.

If it were a serious newspaper, it would correct such a mistake. Don’t hold your breath. Also junk reporting can be good for traffic (to their website). In any case, the link should always work.

The Post still has a number of serious reporters working there but within an environment in which anything goes. Reader beware.

Most irritating is that lately, this failing formerly acclaimed newspaper puts hyperlinks in the text to its other articles that are not relevant to the words underlined. They try to make money above serving their readers. Bad stuff.

About the Author
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 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. 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. * NEW: To see other blog posts by him, his overspill blog you can reach by clicking on the Website icon next to his picture at the head of every post. There you may find precursors to later TOI blog posts, addition or corrections of published TOI blog posts, blog posts the TOI will not carry and some thoughts that are too short to be a TOI blog post. Also, the TOI only allows for one blog post per blogger per 24 hours. Sometimes, he has more to say than that. * To send any personal reaction to him, scroll to the top of the blog post and click Contact Me.
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