Orthodox Jewish Newspaper Cuts Andrea Merkel Out Of Paris March Because She’s Female
As a Jew myself, albeit part of the Reform movement, I understand that Orthodox Jews separate men from women in temple. But it’s quite another thing to expunge women from a picture when trying to accurately cover a news story.
[su_thin_right_skyscraper_ad]A small Jewish ultra-Orthodox newspaper in Israel is making waves internationally for removing German Chancellor Angela Merkel from a photo of this week’s Paris march out of modesty…
Merkel stood in the front row between French President Francois Hollande and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.
But readers of the Hamevaser newspaper’s Monday edition didn’t know, as she had been digitally removed, leaving Abbas standing next to Hollande. Israeli media joked it was meant to bring Abbas closer to Israeli premier Benjamin Netanyahu, who was standing nearby…
“A woman’s exterior should not be seen and photographed or paraded in front of men,” said Yosef Haim, a neighborhood resident. “I think it’s a very positive thing.”…
The picture in Hamevaser cut out other women, like Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo, though the newspaper clumsily left her dark glove on the sleeve of a marcher. The European Union’s foreign policy chief, Federica Mogherini, was also cropped out.
Binyamin Lipkin, editor of Hamevaser, said the newspaper is a family publication that must be suitable for all audiences, including young children.
“The 8-year-old can’t see what I don’t want him to see,” he told Israel’s Channel 10 television station. “True, a picture of Angela Merkel should not ruin the child, but if I draw a line, I have to put it there from the bottom all the way to the top.”
He also said he did not want to tarnish the memories of people killed in the attacks.
“Including a picture of a woman into something so sacred, as far as we are concerned, it can desecrate the memory of the martyrs and not the other way around,” he said.
The above picture wound up looking like this: