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article imageOrthodox Jewish newspapers remove women from Israel cabinet photo

By Chris V. Thangham     Apr 4, 2009 in World
Under ultra-Orthodox Jewish tradition, publishing pictures of women is considered a violation of female modesty. Two newspapers in Israel removed the faces of two female ministers from the photo of the new cabinet headed by Benjamin Netanyahu.
Yated Neeman and Shaa Tova, two major ultra-Orthodox Jewish newspapers, removed the faces of the two female Ministers Limor Livnat and Sofa Landver from the new cabinet photo. They published the altered photo in their daily news.
Yated Neeman newspaper, using digital photo software, replaced the two ministers with two men as shown in the link here.
Shaa Tova newspaper followed a different strategy -- they just blacked the women out.
Other Israeli newspapers were insulted by this alteration and posted both the original and the altered versions. One newspaper joked and put both the photos and added the headline “Find the lady”.
According to the BBC article, the ultra-Orthodox community has their own traditions separate to other Jewish communities in Israel. The ultra-Orthodox men wear a distinct attire of black hats, coats and sidelocks (payus), while the women wear long skirts and sleeves. They also pray three times a day and access Internet sites that do not have inappropriate content.
Wonder what the ultra-Orthodox newspapers’ response would be if Tzipi Livni had been elected as Prime Minister instead of Benjamin Netanyahu?
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