Moshe-Mordechai van Zuiden
Moshe-Mordechai van Zuiden
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The Jerusalem Post just fell to an even lower low

Taking hatred to a whole new level

Many blog posts I have written about the decline of the once fine newspaper the Jerusalem Post. When the money was lacking, instead of closing, it fired many of the writing staff. A few excellent writers continued now writing blog posts, it threw in big pictures, and the paper was saved.

Problem is that many people still think it’s the quality paper it once was. So, they take seriously what it says. Even when it writes total nonsense about Arab-Palestinian affairs and the ‘peace process,’ places ads written as news reports, and spreads slander about the Orthodox-Jewish world.

It still has good stuff about feminism, LGBTQ, anti-racism, and the IDF.

About COVID it published good analysis alternating with total nonsense from Reuters. It maintained its old hatred for Netanyahu and Orthodoxy. And it has a headline writer who can ruin any decent piece of writing.

But now, it has fallen to a new low. It blamed, in an ‘analysis,’ Netanyahu for the dead in Meron and for the thousands of deaths from COVID! This is written by their science reporter who wrote the good articles about the pandemic and who’s a rising star at the Post. It’s embarrassing.

I’ve never seen so many negative comments under any article in any online Israeli newspaper. And those are the comments they didn’t delete. I commented on a comment and both of them were removed. Normally, the Post retains all comments. They must have learned that there is no such thing like a bad press. Well, read the JPost and see that’s not true.

I wrote that, while the dead were barely buried and the families were sitting shiva, was it so urgent to find fault? Was sowing division the price to pay for not wanting to mourn? What happened to loss uniting us?

And when 100.000 left-wing demonstrators protested Bibi during a pandemic, did it also fault the government? But when 100.000 Charedics flock to Meron after the pandemic, Bibi is at fault? And he’s also at fault when they didn’t follow scientific corona advice? What’s the last time you did anything against Charedic children not learning science in school? And how do you expect them to follow that, if they are unfamiliar with it?

And what is any PM supposed to do when large sections of the population don’t obey? Shoot them?

Screen grab of the removed editorial.

May 2nd, at 20:35, the Post expressed happiness about the High Court ruling in favor of the non-Orthodox, a full month after the ruling: “Judaism should be available for all – editorial.” Someone commented that this is so low, after the Meron disaster to write such an old item just to give the Orthodox another blow. I agreed. And then the Post completely removed the editorial. Do they read comments? After an hour, the piece returned but only for a few minutes, then being overtaken by the above editorial.

Meanwhile, its ‘religious reporter’ explained why the whole disaster at Meron was Aryeh Deri’s fault – another fall guy of the JPost for years. He had argued that corona in Israel was over so that no social distancing was needed. And then, when crowdedness led to another disaster, he’s still to blame. You just smell the hatred that such an opinion must be based on.

And in the morning, they had a long piece in which again the ultra-Orthodox were the villains. It twisted it as follows. Recently, some nationalistic-Orthodox extremists and Arab-Palestinian youths confronted each other bloodily. This, after the latter attacked ultra-Orthodox Jews for no reason. But, the Jpost’s reason for the confrontation? The ultra-Orthodox attract extremist right-wing ideas. (The Arabs and West-Bank ultra-nationalist Jews were not involved, you see.)

We already have Haaretz and Al Jazira. There is no market for the vitriol that seems to be the Post’s new course. Diversity of the press is only useful as far as the individual outlets inform. If they just incite, who needs them?

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, lehavdil 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, LGBTQIA, 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 quite 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 500th 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. * To find his earlier blog posts on a certain subject XXX, among his over 1200 ones, go to the right-top corner of the Times of Israel page, click on the search icon and search "zuiden, XXX". His second daily active less tame blog, to which one may subscribe, one may find here: or by clicking on the globe icon next to his picture on top. * To send any personal reaction to him, scroll to the top of the blog post and click Contact Me.
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