An Orthodox Jewish newpaper based in Monsey, New York, has become the target of scorn after it published a photo of Hillary Clinton with her face obscured.
According to this report, OnlySimchas.com, an Orthodox dating website, reacted to the Yated Ne’eman picture by saying:
History is made as Yated Ne’eman publishes a picture of Hillary Clinton, a woman! Well almost.
And a woman wrote on the Jewish Orthodox Feminist Alliance Facebook page:
This is disgusting. I cannot even entertain any reasoning why a women’s face could not be seen.
Haredi Orthodox publications often ban images of women, especially their faces, in what editors describe as upholding of tradition and modesty. The ban is applied to all women, including world leaders and major public figures like Clinton.
Columbia University journalism professor Ari Goldman wrote last year in The Columbia Journalism Review.
It’s not just her politics that worries these publications, although they are far to the right of Clinton on most issues. More troublesome is her gender.
One editor told Goldman that a Clinton victory in November might force papers to change the policy. Rabbi Yitzchok Frankfurter, the Executive Editor of Ami Magazine, said:
I think we’re going to have to rethink it.
Not to do so, he said:
Would be disrespectful.
Last year, the Washington Post reported that the haredi Orthodox Israeli newspaper HaMevaser blurred out women world leaders in a photograph of a solidarity parade in Paris following the Charlie Hebdo terrorist attack.
Hat tip: BarrieJohn