File under “Jews with Cooties”:
An ultra-Orthodox Jewish newspaper in Israel appears to have edited out female world leaders from a photograph of Sunday’s anti-terrorism rally in Paris, Israeli media reported. … Presidents, prime ministers and royals from around the world flew in to show their support and posed arm-in-arm for a picture that became a symbol for the sorrow felt across the world in the wake of the attacks.
Readers of at least one Jewish news outlet were shielded from the disgraceful spectacle of men and women walking side by side.
[W]hen ultra-Orthodox paper HaMevaser (The Announcer) ran the iconic photo, female leaders including German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo were all of a sudden missing from the scene.
It could have been worse, writes Allison Kaplan Sommer in the Israeli newspaper Haaretz:
Sometimes, astonishingly, [ultra-Orthodox media] even refrain from printing women’s names, not just their photographs.
If they don’t want to see women, just blur or cover her face. Why make it seem like a woman was not even there? … It’s not about ‘gawking at women’ or sexual arousal. Rather, it is an attempt to excise women from the public sphere completely. They are not protecting women from leering men or men from illicit thoughts. They are telling their community that women have no place in society outside the home.
There’s a precedent for this kind of thing, even here in the U.S.
The New York-based paper Di Tzeitung decided in 2011 to erase then-U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton from the image showing American leaders during the raid on Osama bin Laden’s compound.
For Jewish men who are nervous about YHWH smiting them if they look at pictures that include women, there’s always the Kosher Camera.
(Image via Walla. Thanks to Jaynee for the link)