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Moshe-Mordechai van Zuiden
Psychology, Medicine, Science, Politics, Oppression, Integrity, Philosophy, Jews -- For those who like their news and truths frank and sharp

The serious honest English Israeli written media

I will only refer to the written ones because I like to keep noise out of my apartment.

How does one define Israeli news media with true integrity? (Shout out to Rotter.net for the overview! The analysis is mine.)

Not a leftwing publication that has some token rightwing columnist, or the other way around.

Not one that juxtaposes extreme leftwing and rightwing piece, supposedly for objectivity but rather leaving the reader utterly confused if not bewildered. A good journalist should do this for the reader and make clear what is uncorroborated propaganda, which are facts, which are conflicting viewpoints and which are still unresolved issues, preferably with some likelihood from parallel situations.

Not a propaganda machine, just showing one side of the news, only what suits their worldview, just catering to one kind of readers.

Let’s look at one incident and its reporting.

An Israeli Arab has been murdered and he was accused (not “suspected” – a criminal justice system can suspect, terrorists cannot) of … selling land to Jews. His father was liquidated with the same excuse.

The Arab MKs are silent.

The “Arab correspondent” of a well-known English Israel publication (and all its other journalists too) has trouble finding his keyboard, it seems.

Ynet does report this, though meagerly.

Haaretz did publish but was quick to let him self-incriminate that he could be called a collaborator. (Most of their report is only up for reading by paying fans of their local reporting – talking of collaboration.)

Arutz Sheva reported decently (but not too lengthily) as to be expected and that doesn’t really count in an objectivity check as this does not clash with their political view. Same for the Jewish Press and some other. Though that’s not completely obvious – some others definitely didn’t report this.

The one with the most extensive reporting that is definitely not a rightwing site was … the Times of Israel. No one pays me to conclude that the best source then is the Times of Israel. Yes, I blog with them but they don’t expect any loyalty from their bloggers. It’s rather the other way around: I blog with them because they believe in fair reporting. (That’s not to say that they are beyond making mistakes and never have a slant. But their errors and biases are not systematic or intentional. They clearly take pride in reporting as it is.)

To complete this test, let’s investigate who reports rightwing abuse online of the Israeli police. Which rightwing publications skip this?

All of them!

(Arutz Sheva did report the opposite: suspected police brutality.)

Which of the left-wingers has this? None of them either!

The only one reporting this is – again – the Times of Israel!

The winner is therefore uncontested.

Since systematic lying is such an important source of confusion about the ME, that having fair reporting is crucial for developing an understanding that may lead to a constructive attitude and actions.

Just reading from the left and the right still does not do the job. We may read them on the side, but we need a good source to bring us the facts.

It is sad, though, that there is only one place and no alternatives or diversity when one wants proper reports about the Jewish State.

About the Author
MM is a prolific and creative writer and thinker, an almost daily blog contributor to the Times of Israel, and previously, for decades, he was known to the Jerusalem Post readers as a frequent letter writer. He often makes his readers laugh, mad, or assume he's nuts—close to perfect blogging. He's proud that his analytical short comments are removed both from left-wing and right-wing news sites. * As a frontier thinker, he sees things many don't yet. He's half a prophet. Half. Let's not exaggerate. He doesn't believe that people observe and think in a vacuum. He, therefore, wanted a broad bio that readers interested can track a bit about what (lack of) backgrounds, experiences, and education contribute to his visions. * If you don't know the Dutch, get an American peek behind the scenes here: https://youtu.be/QMPp6h6r72M * To find less-recent posts on subject XXX among his over 1600 archived ones, go to the right-top corner of a Times of Israel page, click on the search icon and search "zuiden, XXX". One can find a second, wilder blog, to which one may subscribe, here: https://mmvanzuiden.wordpress.com/. * Like most of his readers, he believes in being friendly, respectful, and loyal. Yet, if you think those are his absolute top priorities, you might end up disappointed. His first loyalty is to the truth. He will try to stay within the limits of democratic and Jewish law, but he won't lie to support opinions or people who don't deserve that. He admits that he sometimes exaggerates 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. * Sometimes he's misunderstood because his wide and diverse field of vision seldomly fits any specialist's box. But that's exactly what some love about him. He has written a lot about Psychology (including Sexuality and Abuse), Medicine (including physical immortality), Science (including basic statistics), Politics (Israel, the US, and the Netherlands, Activism), 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), the Climate Crisis, Ecology and Veganism, Affairs from the news, or the Torah Portion of the Week, or new insights that suddenly befell him. * 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. * One of his rabbis calls him Mr. Innovation [Ish haChidushim]. Yet, his originalities seem to root deeply in traditional Judaism, though they may grow in unexpected directions. In fact, he claims he's modernizing nothing. Rather, mainly basing himself on the basic Hebrew Torah text, he tries to rediscover classical Jewish thought almost lost in thousands of years of stifling Gentile domination and Jewish assimilation. (He pleads for a close reading of the Torah instead of going by rough assumptions of what it would probably mean and before fleeing to Commentaries.) This, in all aspects of life, but prominently in the areas of Free Will, Activism, Homosexuality for men, and Redemption. * He hopes that his words will inspire and inform, and disturb the comfortable and comfort the disturbed. He aims to bring a fresh perspective rather than harp on the obvious and familiar. He loves to write encyclopedic overviews. He doesn't expect his readers to agree. Rather, original minds should be disputed. In short, his main political positions are among others: anti-Trumpism, anti-elitism, anti-bigotry and supremacy, for Zionism, Intersectionality, and non-violence, anti those who abuse democratic liberties, anti the fake ME peace process, for original-Orthodoxy, pro-Science, pro-Free Will, anti-blaming-the-victim, and for down-to-earth, classical optimism, and happiness. * He is a fetal survivor of the pharmaceutical industry (https://diethylstilbestrol.co.uk/studies/des-and-psychological-health/), born in 1953 to parents who were Dutch-Jewish Holocaust survivors who met in the largest concentration camp in the Netherlands, Westerbork. He grew up a humble listener. It took him decades to become a speaker too. Bullies and con artists almost instantaneously envy and hate him. * He holds a BA in medicine (University of Amsterdam) – is half a doctor. He practices Re-evaluation Co-counseling since 1977, is not an official teacher anymore, and became a friendly, empowering therapist. He became a social activist, became religious, made Aliyah, and raised three wonderful kids non-violently. For a couple of years, he was active in hasbara to the Dutch-speaking public. He wrote an unpublished tome about Jewish Free Will. He's being a strict vegan since 2008. He's an Orthodox Jew but not a rabbi. He lives with his library in Jerusalem. Feel free to contact him. * His writing has been made possible by a (second-generation) Holocaust survivors' allowance 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. 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 an original peek outside of your cultural bubble. * To send any personal reaction to him, scroll to the top of the blog post and click Contact Me. * His newest books you may find here: https://www.amazon.com/s?i=stripbooks&rh=p_27%3AMoshe-Mordechai%2FMaurits+van+Zuiden&s=relevancerank&text=Moshe-Mordechai%2FMaurits+van+Zuiden&ref=dp_byline_sr_book_1
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