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

The daily Jerusalem Post went mini III and final

Most of the content of my two previous blog posts were forwarded to the Jerusalem Post management. They did not reply to my stern but friendly letters. Silence gives consent.

I suggested that the daily Post was not reduced by 33% because of rising costs of paper worldwide or increased production costs (in Israel – they gotta be kidding), as it claimed but to save on salaries of writers.

The truth must be, that the Post does not receive enough revenues. I worked in the Netherlands and Israel for four Dutch national newspapers’ acquisition departments and know that most income for them comes from ads. It is well-known that so much of advertising budgets now go to TV and Internet that little is left for the print press.

They probably didn’t want to say that advertisement income had fallen again, not to hurt advertising even more, so they lied. We should not blame the editors for management’s lies, but still, it does not reflect well on the paper. What else does management insist on having or not having printed? Economic aspects of its news are often slanted to the side of the rich. Yesterday’s trimmed paper had half a page on the rich of Israel – with pictures – for crying out loud.

Today’s JPost pamphlet that I received proved the point that they just wanted fewer writers, fewer letters, and not less paper. Enormous pictures, one larger than half a page and one a full half page – with very little to see on it – “grace” the opinion section. Half of the meager five pages of opinions is so further reduced to two and a half pages.

The glorious Letters section, pride of the paper, now pushed back to the Mondays and the Wednesdays, was replaced by From our Archives (how symbolic) and the Weather – a graphic that for years already has numbers and icons that are as random as the lotto and bear no resemblance to any Israeli weather forecast whatsoever.

Management has in fact closed down the paper paper. We readers should vote with our feet. I’m sure that under a new management, journalists and readers will be happy to resume the real Jerusalem Post.

This is the last of a three-part blog post. Earlier pieces are here and here.

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.