QOTD about Agudah Misrepresentation of UP MBP Study

“I do not agree with the way they [Agudah] are portraying our report.”

Dr. Joel Betesh, senior author of the paper cited by Agudath Israel of America (Agudah) in press release, “Ivy League Study Casts Doubt on Claims That Jewish Tradition Leads to Herpes in Infants.” 

According to The Forward,

University of Pennsylvania officials are crying foul over what they view as the illicit procurement and misuse by several ultra-Orthodox groups of an internal study by Penn researchers of a controversial circumcision rite.

Penn’s Center for Evidence-based Practice never published or released an assessment it conducted earlier this year of evidence from prior studies showing the risk that the religious rite known as metzitzah b’peh poses to infants, the officials say. Yet somehow, ultra-Orthodox groups recently acquired the Penn study for use in a lawsuit opposing regulation of the practice by New York City’s Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.

“The unpublished report was used without our knowledge or consent, and importantly, without proper context,” the University of Pennsylvaia Health System charged in a statement released April 15. The school termed it “regrettable that our evidence review was manipulated for purposes other than advising physicians of important clinical risk factors for newborns.”

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In an email to the Forward, Susan Phillips, senior vice president of public affairs at the University of Pennsylvania Health System, wrote that “the study “was never available online from us and still isn’t.” …… The press release “mischaracterized our review by implying that there is no causal relationship between circumcision performed with oral suction and the transmission of neonatal herpes simplex virus (HSV) when the full report on the existing evidence concluded this link does exist.”

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6 thoughts on “QOTD about Agudah Misrepresentation of UP MBP Study

  1. The question then becomes one of what is there to do now the Haredim have been shown to be greedy / grasping / depraved / unreliable / arrogant / unscrupulous / deceptive / amoral / ignorant / uncaring / racist / hypocritical / etc.? Then what? They’ve got their membership and subservient politicians so locked up tight and so cowed that it hardly matters what anyone does unless and until they’re prosecuted and/or have their entitlements cut off. Then maybe things will unravel. Barring that happening they’re basically sitting back and laughing at the ‘stupid goyim’ who do nothing effective to reel them in. This is excellent investigative journalism however I can’t help but be concerned that all that’s being accomplished here and on FM and others is to paper the proverbial file, a file that languishes otherwise. Even their rapists get off with a slap on the wrist if they play the game right, as Dascalowitz did.

    • The question you raised can be pointed at all sorts of journalism. The truth is a necessary but not sufficient condition for changing things. This is what I can do from my perch.

      I do think the revelations about the Penn study may lead to some changes at Penn and other institutions that will make it harder for Agudah to pull off such a stunt in the future.

  2. Yes, I agree there’s nothing to do but to keep airing their dirty laundry. One can only hope that something even more monstrously egregious on their part than the child molestation and dirty financial dealings is exposed, something that simply cannot be allowed to pass unnoticed by those in power who’re not directly beholden to them and that those powers that be will take effective action. A long investigative ‘spotlight’ series by the Times might force that however the Times seems disinclined to go that route – possibly out of concern for their ad revenue though that’s just a cynical supposition on my part.

  3. IF THIS WAS NOT A JEWISH SITE, I WOULD SAY, get rid of all of them. . BUT HEY NOT APPROPRIATE —. BUT NEITHER ARE THEY. — ALL OF THESE GENERATIONS IN TANACH, AND WE ARE STILL STUCK WITH THIS garbage,, THESE NON jEWISH SOULS, CORRUPT, EVIL — SATMARS 103 YEARS REDUCED IN HALF IS NOT ENOUGH. BOTH SATMAR REBBES SHOULD BE SITTING THERE WITH HIM, AD SOF 103 SHANIM. — EVIL SATMAR.

    Edited by YL to remove vulgarity. Please do not use ALL CAPS– Yerachmiel Lopin

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