Agudath Israel Has a Twitter Account and I Am Blocked

Agudath Israel of America (aka Agudah) has a Twitter account,  @AgudahNews. But it seems that they don’t want me to follow their account. They have blocked me. I am forming an honor roll of others they have blocked. If you too are blocked, please note that in a comment.

I wonder if they also encourage their followers to buy up blogs like Failed Messiah, hack blogs like Lost Messiah or otherwise interfere with the operation of blogs. Why don’t some of you who consult with their daas torah check that out and report back their opinions.

It is a sad statement about their insecurity that they feel a need to block information which I will in any event get. It is an even sadder statement about their failure to comprehend how the Internet is indeed an open medium which is not as controllable as their captive print media.

Agudath Israel blocks Frum Follies from following them on Twitter 6-5-16

Agudath Israel blocks Frum Follies from following them on Twitter 6-5-16

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12 thoughts on “Agudath Israel Has a Twitter Account and I Am Blocked

  1. They blocked me this evening after I mentioned them in a Tweet of your post about the Novominsker Rebbe’s speech to the recent Torah Umesorah convention.

  2. Just like the leaders in North Korea, the Agudah and the Agudah leaders fear the disseminating of information lest the masses discover that the man behind the curtain is just… a man behind a curtain who is trying to sound loud and powerful, using whatever means of power he can to retain the illusion the people have of his importance.

    Cross Currents, an extension of the Agudah arm, also wont allow a voice of dissent in the comments if the dissenter makes any good and valid points.

    They are clearly showing that the biggest threat to their hold on power is INFORMATION. Them and North Korea. Unfortunately for them, they don’t control the internet in this country, or in Israel. They tried to control it with the farce known as the “Internet Assifa” at CitiField. So much for that.

  3. It’s all public anyways. They think that blocking people from talking back is so important?

    Any info on what the Novominsker spoke about last night?

    • Not yet. But there are bound to be recordings. The annual dinner, unlike the Torah Umesorah meeting, includes a lot of secular politicians and less frum donors. So the talk is usually more b’remez. I do wonder if my blog posting got him and his PR advisors more conscious of the fact that switching into Yiddish/Hebrew
      will not fool anyone.

      • Yes – I saw all the pictures of Senator Schumer on their Twitter feed. Still, a couple of years ago he oddly used the speech to bash OO.

        • And he did that speech attacking Reform and Conservative Jews which led Michael Powell of the NYT to attack Mayor de Blasio for not taking exception to an attack on his many non-orthodox Jewish citizens.

          “New York City is a ship sailing in a cacophonous sea, and mayors must navigate communal shoals. Mr. de Blasio is fond of emphasizing his respect for communities. Which sounds excellent, except sometimes leadership demands more chutzpah.

          Mr. Zwiebel was a key figure in the last decade as hundreds of child sex abuse cases were reported in Brooklyn’s ultra-Orthodox community. Mr. Zwiebel told the authorities that his ultra-Orthodox leaders were offering this advice to their followers:

          If a rabbi tells a follower not to go to the authorities, under religious law, that follower must follow that ruling.

          The lack of moral clarity was striking, and time did not enrich Mr. Zwiebel’s perspective. Two years ago, he talked of the ultra-Orthodox dissidents who spoke up on sexual abuse. This, he said, is “it’s rechilus, lashon hara, and bittul zman.” This means malicious gossip, evil tongue and waste of time, all prohibited by the Torah.

          As a councilman and public advocate, Mr. de Blasio expended few words on the Orthodox sexual abuse scandals.

          He did, however, prove an able point man in pushing for day care vouchers tailored for Orthodox families. Former Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg had ended this program, but Mr. de Blasio has pledged to restore it.”……

          A mayoral spokesman noted that Mr. de Blasio may not agree with every word of every speech. But as Mr. de Blasio told Agudath on Tuesday: “I appreciate the theme of stand up and speak up. It means stand up for what is right for the community.”

          You wonder how the larger community of New York City fits in this conception.
          http://www.nytimes.com/2014/05/29/nyregion/at-a-jewish-gala-de-blasio-skips-his-cue-to-speak-out.html?_r=0

        • And he did that speech attacking Reform and Conservative Jews which led Michael Powell of the NYT to attack Mayor de Blasio for not taking exception to an attack on his many non-orthodox Jewish citizens.

          “New York City is a ship sailing in a cacophonous sea, and mayors must navigate communal shoals. Mr. de Blasio is fond of emphasizing his respect for communities. Which sounds excellent, except sometimes leadership demands more chutzpah.

          Mr. Zwiebel was a key figure in the last decade as hundreds of child sex abuse cases were reported in Brooklyn’s ultra-Orthodox community. Mr. Zwiebel told the authorities that his ultra-Orthodox leaders were offering this advice to their followers:

          If a rabbi tells a follower not to go to the authorities, under religious law, that follower must follow that ruling.

          The lack of moral clarity was striking, and time did not enrich Mr. Zwiebel’s perspective. Two years ago, he talked of the ultra-Orthodox dissidents who spoke up on sexual abuse. This, he said, is “it’s rechilus, lashon hara, and bittul zman.” This means malicious gossip, evil tongue and waste of time, all prohibited by the Torah.

          As a councilman and public advocate, Mr. de Blasio expended few words on the Orthodox sexual abuse scandals.

          He did, however, prove an able point man in pushing for day care vouchers tailored for Orthodox families. Former Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg had ended this program, but Mr. de Blasio has pledged to restore it.”……

          A mayoral spokesman noted that Mr. de Blasio may not agree with every word of every speech. But as Mr. de Blasio told Agudath on Tuesday: “I appreciate the theme of stand up and speak up. It means stand up for what is right for the community.”

          You wonder how the larger community of New York City fits in this conception.
          http://www.nytimes.com/2014/05/29/nyregion/at-a-jewish-gala-de-blasio-skips-his-cue-to-speak-out.html?_r=0

  4. Reblogged this on LOSTMESSIAH and commented:

    We are reblogging this post and thank Frum Follies for the mention. There is an effort to silence those who speak out against abuse and corruption. We would venture to guess that all that gets accomplished is that their efforts emblazon those of us determined to make a change even further.

  5. I get your point and agree it’s a weakness on their part but blocking someone from following on Twitter is common when you don’t like the person. It is done even though as you said it’s all public anyway. I think the bigger irony is that the Agudah which has no website or Facebook page does Twitter. I know you can differentiate but it’s still seems contradictory.

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