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Orthodox Blur Faces and Erase First Names of Israel Ministers

Another group of women in powerful positions, another haredi Orthodox paper erasing them. Here we go again.

After each new Israeli government is sworn in, its ministers pose for a group photo with the president. This year’s photo, taken yesterday, features Israel’s three women ministers in the middle row — Culture and Sport Minister Miri Regev, Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked and Senior Citizens, Minorities and Gender Equality Minister Gila Gamliel.

Regev, Shaked and Gamliel are all smiling. But if you saw the photo on haredi news site B’hadrei Haredim, you wouldn’t know that. Their faces are all blurred out.

A similar obfuscating maneuver allegedly happened at HaModia, a haredi print newspaper. According to a photo posted on a religious feminist Facebook page, HaModia’s list of the new government’s ministers omitted the women ministers’ first names.

So while it listed Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Education Minister Naftali Bennett, for example, it noted only Justice Minister Ms. Shaked.

This time, the women weren’t fully erased, as has happened with previous photos of women politicians. A Brooklyn haredi paper, Di Tzeitung, erased then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton from the famous 2011 photo of government officials monitoring Osama Bin Laden’s killing. And Israeli haredi paper Hamevaser airbrushed German Chancellor Angela Merkel out of the photo of world leaders marching in Paris following the Charlie Hebdo attack this year.

Hamevaser, by the way, was founded by United Torah Judaism Knesset Member Meir Porush. Porush serves as this government’s deputy education minister — first name and all.

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