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Wednesday, January 14, 2015 

Haredi paper censors female politicians from Paris march

A Haredi paper called HaMevaser is the latest to practice galling censorship at the expense of honesty, all because they cannot bear the thought of readers seeing a women in the pictures:
Of the 44 world leaders who marched in Paris on Sunday to express solidarity with France, none of them were women — or, at least, that's what the haredi Israeli newspaper HaMevaser would have you believe.

The women seemingly removed are German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo and EU foreign affairs and security chief Frederica Mogherini. Danish Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt has been cropped, so that only her hand remains in shot, on the picture’s far left.

The omission was first highlighted by Israeli news site Walla.com.
Rabbi Jason Miller noted a few years ago that when Hilary Clinton and another White House staffer were edited out of another paper, it wasn't because they were leftists, but rather because they were uncomfy with prominent women:
Miller speculated that the newspaper may have removed Clinton and Tomasen because its editors "don't like the idea of a woman with that much political power."
But it's unlikely it has anything to do with the color of their personal character, and that's why it's truly insulting.

Mediaite notes that by contrast, Mahmoud Abbas is still in the pictures:
For some reason, Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas is still in the photograph, photoshopped standing right next to French president Francois Hollande, and one person away from Israeli prime minister and frenemy Benjamin Netanyahu.
Yes, isn't that interesting? Why don't they have a problem with him, based on the color of his personality? What makes this especially angering is that this kind of stupidity can take away attention from more pressing issues, and the Haredi paper editors who pulled this nonsense probably know it. The only way they can apologize is to cease turning to censorship, which is considered objectionable in the true takes on Judaism.

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