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Facebook page of the Rabbi of the Jewish Community blocked without justification

Facebook on Sunday blocked the social networking page of Slomó Köves, the Chief Rabbi of the United Hungarian Jewish Congregation (EMIH), as well as the social networking page of Neokohn.hu, a Jewish conservative-liberal news and opinion portal. announced on his website.

As the portal wrote, the newspaper’s Facebook page was no longer accessible on Sunday morning after the social media giant blocked it.

After a year and a half of brutal restrictions, Meta deleted Neokohn’s Facebook page with 30,000 followers without any justification,

they stressed, adding that it is not yet known exactly why Neokohn was blocked, as the US company has since denied access to the page where they could view it.

The latest information we have is that the site is violating Meta’s Community Principles.

We will of course appeal this outrageous decision in the forums available to us. In the meantime, we encourage our readers to contact our site directly,” they said.

They also reported that Meta had previously restricted their access on the grounds that “as a conservative-liberal Jewish site (!) we promoted the terrorist organization Islamic State.” It is absurd that the two articles on the portal that Meta had labeled “dangerous” at the time were based on MTI news that was widely circulated in the Hungarian media, she added.

Later, Neokohn also drew attention to the fact that Meta had blocked the Facebook page of Slomó Köves, the Chief Rabbi of the United Hungarian Jewish Congregation. This was also confirmed by zsidó.com, the EMIH website. As they wrote, Meta blocked the Facebook page of “one of Hungary’s best-known rabbis, Slomó Köves, the Chief Rabbi of the EMIH, without providing a reason.” The rabbi shares content of a “typical religious nature” on his page.

Slomo Köves. Photo via Wikipedia

According to the website, the rabbi was informed by email that his Facebook page had been blocked. They also wrote that no reason was given for the blocking, raising the question of why the right to freedom of expression is being restricted in this way. “It is unclear whether Jewish religious or community issues, perhaps Talmudic studies or a clear involvement with Israel, which is under attack by the Palestinian terrorist organization Hamas, led to the ban.”

Slomó Köves told the news Table of contents that he normally doesn’t publish political content on his site, only religious videos and posts. Moreover, Meta gave no reason for the ban.

“We have appealed against the decision. The Action and Protection Foundation (TEV) has an informal relationship with Facebook so they used this forum to let us know that they were investigating the reason for the ban. However, we have heard nothing more. We also don’t know if there is a connection between Neokohn and my block,” the rabbi explained.

The situation is absurd because Slomó Köves receives countless hateful, clearly anti-Semitic comments on his page every day – during Talmud and religious classes – “and it seems that these comments do not particularly bother Facebook,” he added.

Another possible explanation for the social media ban is that Rabbi Kövesi has in the past maintained a balanced relationship with Prime Minister Viktor Orbán and has made clear his gratitude for the Hungarian government’s attitude towards the well-being and safety of Hungarians -Jewish community. For example, in an earlier interview he emphasized:

It is quite certain that without the openness and support of the Prime Minister and the government, there would be far fewer opportunities for the resurgent Hungarian Jewish community in the areas of religious, educational and community life.”

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Via Ungarn Heute; Table of contents; Featured image via Pixabay

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