Saturday, April 4, 2009

Ultra-Orthodox Jewish Newspapers Remove Female Ministers from Photo

We don't often comment on Israeli politics, but this story brought us up short. The new Israeli cabinet, it turns out, has two female ministers.

This development did not play well in the ultra-Orthodox community. Here's the story from the BBC:
Two ultra-Orthodox Jewish newspapers have altered a photo of Israel's new cabinet, removing two female ministers.

Limor Livnat and Sofa Landver were grouped with the rest of the 30-member cabinet for their inaugural photo.

But Yated Neeman newspaper digitally changed the picture by replacing them with two men. The Shaa Tova newspaper blacked the women out.

Publishing pictures of women is viewed by many ultra-orthodox Jews as a violation of female modesty.


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