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Saturday, January 17, 2015 

Haredi paper mounts ludicrous defense of censorship in Paris picture

The UK Guardian says the editor of HaMevaser is defending his decision to censor images of women like Angela Merkel in the Paris Charlie Hebdo march, and what an insulting defense it is. First:
World leaders had linked arms to march in Paris against terrorism after Islamic extremists killed 17 people. At the march, Merkel stood in the front row between the French president, François 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 Binyamin Netanyahu, who was standing nearby.
I'd say it was insulting to put Abbas closer to Netanyahu. Do we really want such creepy people standing that close to us? No way.
Binyamin Lipkin, editor of Hamevaser, said the newspaper is a family publication that must be suitable for all audiences, including young children.

“The eight-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 the 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.
Now just what's this about "martyrs"? That's almost like confusing the victims with suicide bombers or implying it was necessary for them to die! The paper's editor is one of the most distasteful, irresponsible people I've ever heard of, and by describing the victims as he did, he has effectively desecrated their memories. What a disgrace, looking for any excuse he can to defend his flimsy policies, but only trodding deeper into the muck.

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